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Poll Results: Which motherboard would you rather own?

 
  • 47% (9)
    ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme
  • 52% (10)
    MSI Big Bang xPower II
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post #21 of 30
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You're old school, baby! Pimp on!

When I bought it, many years ago it was expensive. You could get a 3960X for that money today. But as you know, these are real deal cards. thumb.gif
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post #22 of 30
I have the RIVE and it's awesome, the build quality is excellent, I dropped the rad of the H100 onto it and it wasn't damaged at all. tongue.gif
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When I bought it, many years ago it was expensive. You could get a 3960X for that money today. But as you know, these are real deal cards. thumb.gif

Ever owned an Areca?
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I have the RIVE and it's awesome, the build quality is excellent, I dropped the rad of the H100 onto it and it wasn't damaged at all. tongue.gif

Sturdy! What is your biggest gripe about the board?
post #25 of 30
The only real things I can say is bad about the board so far are:

  • the preset overclocking configurations are fairly rubbish (they use way too much vcore)

  • the H100 didn't fit properly for me, I had to orientate the pump 90 degrees anti-clockwise to get it to mount on the socket, however this arguably makes the tubing look slightly better as it isn't squashed to the top.

  • Could do with a few more SATA ports.

They are the only things I can think of off the top of my head, I would check the RIVE members thread (link in my sig) and ask around there, many other owners might have picked up on things I've missed.
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Thanks Paradigm!
post #27 of 30
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Ever owned an Areca?

Like I mentioned, I have an Areca 1230 in my server. 9tb RAID 6. It's been a pretty stable setup for a while now. Someday I might upgrade it but it's still plenty fast as is, much more so than mechanical drives can right or read from.
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post #28 of 30
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What do you like better about their BIOS?

I have spent more time in the Asus BIOS and I find it hard to move the mouse so I tend to use the keyboard more with it. It is also a darker color so the BIOS seems much more dark. I felt the MSI BIOS was a bit brighter and other than the fact I wasn't using a mouse pad at the time I tested the board, I haven't used it since, I felt like I could move around it much better with the mouse. The whole point of a UEFI BIOS is to be able to use the mouse so why not use it. I would say they are about equal difficulty for me to find settings, only thing that I changed on both was using XMP profile for the memory.

At the end of the day I would guess they are going to be about equal, assuming you don't get a DOA one, but it comes down to which board has the look and all the features you want in it. While I will admit the mini gun is a bit gaudy on the MSI, the fact that in order to remove the little fan on the RIVE would require me to spend another $100 (at least) for water blocks was the deal breaker.
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I have spent more time in the Asus BIOS and I find it hard to move the mouse so I tend to use the keyboard more with it. It is also a darker color so the BIOS seems much more dark. I felt the MSI BIOS was a bit brighter and other than the fact I wasn't using a mouse pad at the time I tested the board, I haven't used it since, I felt like I could move around it much better with the mouse. The whole point of a UEFI BIOS is to be able to use the mouse so why not use it. I would say they are about equal difficulty for me to find settings, only thing that I changed on both was using XMP profile for the memory.
At the end of the day I would guess they are going to be about equal, assuming you don't get a DOA one, but it comes down to which board has the look and all the features you want in it. While I will admit the mini gun is a bit gaudy on the MSI, the fact that in order to remove the little fan on the RIVE would require me to spend another $100 (at least) for water blocks was the deal breaker.

I feel your pain. The high-end motherboards are VERY expensive these days. I'm afraid that the upcoming Asrock Extreme 11 might be even more than the RIVE.
post #30 of 30
You could also argue that they are so expensive because of the increased feature set. I bought the RIVE because despite it being very expensive and probably over the top for me (considering I'd never overclocked before) it's ready for just about anything I could ever hope to try e.g. watercooling, sub-sero cooling, 4 way SLI, extreme overclocking etc.
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