Originally Posted by Methodical
Which ram is best for the X99A Xpower board and why? I am debating between 2666 and 3000 (4x 8gb). Let me know your thoughts.
Not all of the Haswell E chips will be able to do 3000 MHz.
It will depend on:
- How lucky you are with the silicon lottery on the MCH of your CPU
- The motherboard's ability to support said clocks
- Whether or not you bought the RAM that can support those clocks
Personally, I prefer G.Skill as a brand, but their RAM is often binned very tightly. The best value is to buy the Trident, but get the tighter timing variant at any given speed. Absolute top RAM is extremely expensive and only a handful of MCHs will ever be able to run it.
Originally Posted by Methodical
Question. Which PCIe slot would be best to install a sound card if I am running 2x SLI (slots 1 and 4) so that it would not interfere with the M.2 an the graphic cards?
Note: using 5930k
Assuming the picture is correct for your board (they vary by board), then slots 1, 4, and the M.2 slot should allow x16, x16, and x4 on the SSD.
Originally Posted by T0B5T3R
Can you get it to boot in Linux? Try a USB bootable distro. If you cannot get it to boot in both Windows and Linux, you may have a bad sound card. If it is only Windows, then it is likely a Windows related issue.
Originally Posted by DMatthewStewart
Ah ok. Because I had a convo regarding usb 3.0 stuff and VIA not to long ago too. Just keeping my fingers crossed that slot 3 works as intended. I really dont want to pull another motherboard out again. I should know by Tuesday or Wednesday. All I wanted to do was get this system working properly so I can get my cpu oc'ed properly abd then work on other things. And its been one issue after another since November. Im sure this isnt anything and will be fine once I get the second card in slot 3. I did eventually want to get the Samsung 950 M.2 but I wanted to get my two cards running at x16 first.
If it really doesn't work out, 2 boards to try might be:
- Asrock X99 OC Formula 3.1
- Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion (4 DIMMs though)
Originally Posted by Cyb3r
if you can stay away from the killer nic's they're a pos to put it nicely even their regular driver has been causing issues for me so i'm straight reverting to installing my intel nic that i had laying around from another build that had it's network port busted (notorious realtek bug on that board and a 20$ card fixed it XD)
honestly when paying 420$+ for a board you shouldn't need to have to deal with the garbage that's killer networks
Yeah it is one of my annoyances right now with MSI boards. I think that MSI right now has some of the top board I've seen, but they have their share of flaws too.
I've played with enough MSI boards now that I think that there are
- Overuse of the Killer LAN. I very much prefer Intel NICs, as they seem to be the top in terms of reliability (even if their wireless is less than ideal). I'm glad that the newer XPower boards use an Intel LAN.
- Fan control is behind the competition (Asus have both PWM and voltage on the same fan pins) - MSI has this bizarre combination of PWM for the 2 CPU fans, then voltage only for the Sys fans, then, manual-only control for the OPT fans; these fan headers should be near the edge of the board ideally (sometimes they are in between PCI-E slots, which makes no sense)
- Layout could be better - PCI-E slot configuration as has discussed and sometimes the extra power supply for the motherboard as well (should be ideally at the end and ideally a SATA power - this has since been fixed in the X99A XPower).
- Also on the note of layout, spacing between CPU and RAM, versus the first PCI-E slot needs to be increased for GPUs and for top end CPU coolers.
- There is also a "9C" USB error that seems to plague many MSI boards. Not sure why, but it's been common since X79.
I am not a fan of the fact that MSI has included wi-fi on these boards. They seem to have resolved that issue with Z170, as they no longer have wi-fi. That is good for me, as I prefer wired internet and wi-fi is a waste. I'd rather have more USB ports (I use a lot of USB sticks).
AS I said, I think MSI has some solid boards and arguably even the top boards, but there's definitely room for improvement.Edited by CrazyElf - 2/3/16 at 5:28pm