Originally Posted by boomstick360;12367543
Nice setup! I love that board I used 3 of them in seperate builds and all were gravy. Great OC'ers thats for sure, everything was just smooth. I liked them better than my Evga classy 759!
I really like the board too. Full of features and little things that helped the installation of it so much easier. The hardest part with the whole process was the cable management. It was a pain in the @$$. I hope I didn't do a too bad of a job with it.
I'm planning on going for XFire but the cables for my PSU are so stiff that I don't know how I'm going to be able to keep it neat in there lol.
The case is a lot smaller than I originally though and the handle was surprisingly solid and good quality.
My only gripes is that for some reason my motherboard defaults the ram to a DD3-1333 with a 9-9-9-24 timing instead of the listed 6-7-9-24 listed. So I ended up forcing it to those advertised clocks while running it at DD3-1866. And it seems pretty stable so far. Sometimes, Windows shows 6GB installed and sometimes it will show 4GB but when I check CPU-Z, it shows 3 DIMMs with 6GB total. Anyone know why?
Also, the stock heatsink and fan seemed kinda loose to me as compared to non-stock heatsinks. I'm idling at 40C and maxed out a 85C (Almost 90C) when I run Hot CPU to do a burn in. Stabilizes at around 65C when I play SC2 at Extreme settings.
I also found out that my OCZ Vertex 2 160GB and my WD Raptor-X 150GB was unable to be detected when connected to the Sata-III ports even when connected with SATA-III Cables. I had to move them to my SATA-II Ports, anyone know why?
I realized too late that the motherboard did not come with an eSATA, I don't know why they didn't include it. So I ended up connecting the top eSATA connection to one of the SATA-II ports. Does anyone know how to make this work, preferably as a hot-swappable SATA but regular SATA works too as long as I can make my Thermaltake BlacX work on it without using the USB 2.0.
Overall, it is a great case and an awesome build.