Originally Posted by atascator
Originally Posted by airisom2
I'll second that. The Fatal1ty was also one of my first choices before I went with the Champion. I could type paragraphs on why I ended up spending an extra $100, but I doubt anyone would really care.
Just an fyi atascator, if you have a large air cooler like the Phanteks, NH-D14, or the Silver Arrow, the first PCIe slot may be blocked. I read a review on the Fatal1ty with the Phanteks cooler, and the first slot was blocked by the humongous heatsink.
I should be getting my Champion today, so I'll be sure to show some pics of it later on today or tomorrow.
Thanks for the heads up.
Im using Antec h2o 620 so ill be fine.
Finally UPS is moving my mobo, its on its way now.
I care about why your choice was the champion , can you explain plz?
Maybe extreme 11 was a good choice too if you were going to spend a lot of cash on mobo?
Also, could you link that review with the phanteks plz?
No problem. Link.
Now for the story. I was about to purchase the Fatal1ty Professional before I found this review. I already had the Phanteks cooler in my possession before I ordered anything, and I didn't feel like sending it back to get something like an H80i (I have bad luck with returning stuff). So, I looked into the other motherboards, and the ones that were intriguing to me were the Extreme7, Extreme9, Champion, and the Gigabyte X79S-UP5-Wifi.
I didn't get the Extreme7 because I just didn't like it. The main things that turned me off were pretty personal: I didn't like the 6 dimm slots, I wanted a 7 pci slot motherboard, and the I/O ports were very lacking for what I do. Other than that, it had everything that I needed. I could have went with this motherboard, but since I had extra money to blow I went with the Champion. The main thing that I liked about this motherboard is the 11 sata ports.
I didn't get the Extreme9 because I felt like the Champion was the better deal, even with a $35 premium (its $345 on Superbiiz). I liked this motherboard because of the 12 sata ports, the dual 8-pin cpu power connectors, and the dual 3.0 internal headers. If I were to have two graphics cards, my wifi/bt adapter, and the included sound card installed, I wouldn't have any more room to put in more addon cards. This is the main reason why I wanted 7 pci slots. I wanted some extra room for more expansion. Plus, the included audio card would take up a slot.
The X79S-UP5-Wifi was the second board I was researching at the time, and I concluded that it wasn't a good motherboard to get because many people seemed to be having firmware issues with the motherboard. There are some vdroop problems, the LLC settings aren't as "open," for lack of a better term, as competing motherboards, which influences overclock stability, and there aren't enough pci slots for me. The main things that I liked about the motherboard were the crazy amounts of sata ports on the board, and the included Wifi/BT 4.0 PCIe card that came along with it. The main things that I didn't like about it was the lack of an extra internal 3.0 port, and the 6 total pci slots on the board. In the end, I looked at overclock3d's video review, and that ultimately turned me off from the product, along with the other firmware issues. If it weren't for those issues, I would have probably bought that motherboard. I still drool when I look at it.
Now, the reason why I got the Champion was basically because it has everything that I want in a motherboard: a good amount of SATA ports, 2x 3.0 headers, overall stable BIOS, 7 pci slots, great onboard audio (as opposed to having a dedicated card for it), gobs of usb 3.0 ports, voltage read points, and support for 4 graphics cards (I'll probably never use 4, but it's there if I change my mind in the future). This board is what I envisioned what the X79 platform would be like before it came out. This is a motherboard that I can grow into and expand my knowledge on (I've never really overclocked before), and I'd rather spend the premium getting the "whole package" instead of getting a product that wouldn't fully satisfy me. The main thing that I don't like about this motherboard is that I could use 2 more sata ports, but I need to get rid of some of the components in my case anyways, so it will be enough for me when I replace some stuff. I also want 2x 8 pin cpu power ports like the extreme 9. It looks pretty intimidating, but there really isn't any real-world benefit of an extra connector, unless you're on ln2 and you need the most stable power delivery possible. A single connector will do for an average 4.5-5Ghz overclock.
The Extreme 11 doesn't count...that board is crazy. That's too much board for me, and I wouldn't be able to use the board to its fullest potential. Plus, ~$350 is my max for a board.
Well, my Champion came in today, but I don't have my psu yet. It should be in either Thursday or Friday. I just hope that everything works. The user reveiws that I've been reading on Newegg have been scaring me. I really don't want a DOA . I also bought the Wifi/BT 4.0 card that came with the X79S-UP5-Wifi off of Amazon. I'll take some pics of the system whenever I get everything set up. There is enough space between the Phanteks cooler and the first PCIe slot too. It's close, but I was able to fit in my old 5770 with a little bit of space between. If there was a backplate installed, it would be touching the heatsink on the cooler. Also, for the motherboards mentioned above, they all have enough space to fit a large cooler, except for the Extreme 11. The first slot would be blocked.
As you can see, I wasn't joking about the paragraphs,
but I hope your question was answered. Feel free to ask anything else.Edited by airisom2 - 11/27/12 at 8:25pm