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So I Finally Got It - A Little Advice PLEASE?

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Finally saved up enough to snag the X99-E WS USB 3.1 version. redface.gif


Any tips, hints, what-to-look-out-fors etc. would be greatly appreciated. I have been reading threads on this site before I purchased but it's been a while and I'm old and forgetful.


Feel free to move this post wherever it might be more appropriately found.


I'm putting the board in a Thermal Take level 10 GT case.

PSU : Corsair HX1000i

GPU : ASUS CU II RADEON HD 7850

ASUS BLUE RAY DVD DRIVE

Considering adding LSI SAS 9211-8i RAID CARD (SAS and SATA) (Raid 10)

Considering running Intel RAID as well (Raid 0) via board

Considering purchase of 6850K (coz 2K is too much to pay for a CPU that isn't even 50% better than it's old predecessor)

Considering what sort of RAM I should use considering I might wish to serve up a Ram Drive later on and a little apprehensive about ECC memory.

Well, that's it for starters. Thanks smile.gif
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Gratz on that new beast of a motherboard! I think you're gonna love it (assuming you have no interest in Thunderbolt 3). I know it was at the top of the short list of boards I've been considering.

I'm sure you already have, but just in case, check out the official WS owners thread for more infos.
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I'd get the 6800K instead of the 6850K unless you need the extra PCI-E lanes.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10337/the-intel-broadwell-e-review-core-i7-6950x-6900k-6850k-and-6800k-tested-up-to-10-cores

Anandtech shows the difference being 40 PCIE Lanes for the 6850K and 28 for the 6800K as well as a 200 MHz difference in CPU speed.

It seems to be that the 6800K is a better value as it is nearly $200 cheaper. Clock speed can easily be matched by overclocking: raising the multiplier.
    
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Will there be issues if I try to use Thunderbolt with this work station board?
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Originally Posted by Vario View Post

I'd get the 6800K instead of the 6850K unless you need the extra PCI-E lanes.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10337/the-intel-broadwell-e-review-core-i7-6950x-6900k-6850k-and-6800k-tested-up-to-10-cores

Anandtech shows the difference being 40 PCIE Lanes for the 6850K and 28 for the 6800K as well as a 200 MHz difference in CPU speed.

It seems to be that the 6800K is a better value as it is nearly $200 cheaper. Clock speed can easily be matched by overclocking: raising the multiplier.


Yeah, I want the 40 lanes. Considering video rendering and extensive bandwidth activities in the future.

BTW I share the similar sentiments about Windows 7. Except I'd go Linux before I go Windows 10. Microsoft can't even pay me to use Windows 10 (Keylogger edition). thumb.gif
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Will there be issues if I try to use Thunderbolt with this work station board?

Don't quote me, but I think it supports the Asus Thunderbolt EX 2 card (but only in the second slot - meaning no 2-slot GPU in slot 1), but Asus has stated that there is no support for the Thunderbolt EX 3 card.

You can get the details in the last 4-5 pages of the WS owners thread.

Still, if you don't need to worry about Thunderbolt support, it's a wicked board, whether you're running a 28- or 40-lane CPU.
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Don't quote me, but I think it supports the Asus Thunderbolt EX 2 card (but only in the second slot - meaning no 2-slot GPU in slot 1), but Asus has stated that there is no support for the Thunderbolt EX 3 card.

I have read about this issue. M.2 should provide a viable work around in my case. Another thing that concerns me is that there is no support from ASUS for Linux which seems a bit of a let down considering this is a work station board and Windows 7 is on the way out. I find it doubtful that Microsoft will change their intrusive tactics considering how well the ignorant masses shelled out for their last o/s. I think ASUS needs to step up their game.
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