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I'm very unhappy with the documentation that came with this product. Things that are simple no-brainers for anyone buying a motherboard with this kind of power are over explained to death, yet things that could really use some sort of elaboration get one sentence.

I'm running two MSI Hawk GTX 460's in SLI on this mobo... do I need to run the extra molex power connector to the motherboard with this setup?

The documentation merely has one line that is something to the effect of "connect this if running some SLI configurations". Well that doesn't tell me much... exactly what kind of configuration would require that much extra power? Tri SLI 480's? Dual SLI 260's? Something in between?
yea i hated that too

it really isnt that informative sometimes
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I'm not very happy with the manual either. Instead of wasting space telling you how to install a CPU, graphics card or RAM (save those for the entry level boards) and go more in depth about the many bios options.

I haven't had any problems with my SATA3 Seagate HDD, but then that drive isn't an OS drive so I'm not sure if it's just because I'm not noticing the instability.
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Is there a way to hook up a external CPU temp led display?
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No...
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Care to elaborate?
You will not need the extra onboard molex connector for power with your setup.

It is recommended in tri-sli or tri-fire configs as it provides additional power stability to the pci slots. However most tri setups would not be negatively impacted without it (3 580's or 3 6970's for example are a good place to be using it) It is also recommended if you are doing LN2 overclocking of the cpu (or gpu's). In 99% of setups, it is moot...
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I've been playing Crysis for a few hours tonight and neither my IOH nor my ICH went above 50C, and that's with everything OC'd. How your case temp?
Case temp is 22 Celcius, at least that's what the bios says. I think the voltage increase happens when you choose "XMP" for the memory profile. I believe someone on here said Asus jacks up the chipset and cpu voltages when doing that.
    
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Well I just ordered an open box ASUS Rampage III Formula from NewEgg. Now with all the reviews of Sandy Bridge I'm hoping I didn't make a mistake. Hopefully the price of the LGA1366 Chips will drop soon (haven't ordered the processor or SSD's yet) since they won't be able to sell them at their current prices.
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I've just had 24 hours of hell thanks to this boards awful SATA III controller. Extremely unstable with my two Crucial C300's. I didn't use a RAID setup, which isn't possible yet anyway. The drives would cause Windows to freeze whenever a large operation occured, and randomly one or both drives would not be recognized in POST. I suppose it's just bleeding edge technology now, but it would've been nice if it worked.
I just ordered an ASUS Rampage III Formula board, so I don't yet have first hand experience with it. I've been thinking of getting two 128GB C300's, but based on your experience, I'm not sure that's the smart move right now. Is it possible to run RAID 0 on the marvell controller at all? I thought they had a driver for this. Based on your experience, I'm thinking again that maybe I'd be better off with some sandforce based SSDs.
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I just put a 970 in the R3F last night, amazing oc results and temps, so unbelievable really. Very similar settings to my i7-950 for 4.2ghz, just more cores! 200x21 which gets my ram up to rated speeds.

I'm glad I got this board, been great to work with.
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I just ordered an ASUS Rampage III Formula board, so I don't yet have first hand experience with it. I've been thinking of getting two 128GB C300's, but based on your experience, I'm not sure that's the smart move right now. Is it possible to run RAID 0 on the marvell controller at all? I thought they had a driver for this. Based on your experience, I'm thinking again that maybe I'd be better off with some sandforce based SSDs.
No, no, RAID 0 works pretty damned well actually when using SATA II instead of SATA III. The Crucial C300s work amazingly when used in the SATA II ports. They're backwards compatible with SATA II. They just don't work almost at all when used in the SATA III ports, let alone RAID which wasn't even an option in the RAID setup.

I already had sniffed out a bit about the SATA III issues with this board, and couldn't get a consensus on whether RAID was possible while using SATA III with the Crucials. However, I went with the C300s anyway on the hopes that a driver will improve things, or at the very least have a future proof option for future board with a better native SATA III support or a standalone controller.
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