I was going to get some pictures, but my camera leaves something to be desired.
I got the box running last night, still need to polish up my installation a bit. Cable management is a pain in this case. I booted up and installed Windows 8 Preview with the Samsung Green RAM running 2133. It wasn't so much intentional to do an install with an untested overclock but, I was just anxious to see if I could run it over 2000, which some said they had problems with on Ivy Bridge. I don't seem to be having the same problems on Sandy. That's the maximum setting I have found, but could be overlooking something. It did bust out a 9.9 on the WEI though.
Windows install was pretty quick. I didn't time it or anything but about 10-15 minutes later I was loading drivers from the desktop. I was really surprised it picked up almost all the drivers and worked so well out of the box. I installed the two Intel drivers to get rid of the unknown devices and such in the device manager. I also installed the inf driver, and USB driver, not sure if I should install anything else. Can someone verify?
I am new to this UEFI setup and didn't have much time to tune the thing before bed. I managed to bump it up to 4.0 and squeeze off a few minutes of Prime95. CoreTemp was giving me an average of 72 across the cores. WEI gave me only a 7.6 on the processor, which somewhat disappoints. I know WEI doesn't mean much but my Q6600 @ 3.3 gets 7.3 on Win-7. Maybe Windows 8 scales a little differently?
The Logisys Theta 31 HSF
is doing a decent job for now. I know temps will improve with more tweaking and when the AS5 finishes setting up. I am really impressed with the quality of the HSF, the heatsink is about double the height of the stock Intel unit. The fan is about 20mm bigger as well. The Logisys unit has a strong metal screw to back plate system instead of the plastic clips most low price sinks come with. Overall I am really impressed with this cheap cooler initially. The one flaw I found is at the bottom around the core. I had to file a slight sharp edge down that was around the core which took no time. The core did come covered though and was pleasantly surprised at the ultra smooth finish on the bottom. I am confident that this HSF will give better results than a stocker.
The Seagate Momentus XT 500 drive is snappy compared to my old 320gb/platter WD 7200 desktop drive. I have yet to time it as well, but booting into Windows is very quick. Just guessing, it seems to be ready to go in about a quarter to third of the time that my Q6600 Win 7 box does (320gb/p-7200rpm). It has taken a couple boots, but I am liking the results so far. Again, WEI left me a little disappointed, it only mustered up a 5.9. Does this thing take all the drives into account or just the main system drive? I know the old WD only scores 5.9, but would have thought the Seagate score a bit higher.
All I will say about Windows 8 is it went from unbearable to just fine with the addition of Classic Shell. http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
Tonight I will moving it in place of my old system and tweaking and tuning. Edited by ptr1ck - 10/19/12 at 6:17am