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My initial experiences with Sandy Bridge

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Now that I have had a couple of days to play with the new board and processor (new ram as well but nothing out of the ordinary here), I've reached a few conclusions.

As seen in my sig rig, using:

Intel 2600K (cooled by Corsair H70, stock fans usually at about 1600 RPM)
Asus P8P67 Pro (with 1053 beta bios)
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4 GB 1600 mhz rated at 9-9-9-24 at 1.5v

1. 1156 backplates fit on this board with minor discomfort. the foam backing on the sides of the H70 bracket had to fit over the solder points on the underside of the board. A solid backplate might have more of an issue here.

2. Corsair H70; Thus far it has been more than sufficient for my initial tests. The highest temperatures I have seen thus far have been mid to high 50's celcius under prime (again fans not maxed out), room ambient about 23C on an initial overclock of 4.2ghz with 1.26 vcore.

3. Installation: went fine, pretty much the same as all the other Asus boards I have used. A bit odd to not see anything surrounding the cpu socket (as in the X58 socket area) but pretty straight forward.

The bluetooth device is a pain and cannot be disabled in the bios (if anyone knows how to do this, please let me know). The atheros software is bloated and irritating and can cause slow boots (once it hits windows) as it polls for bluetooth devices.

I had a number of issues with the Asus AI Suite II. In fact once I installed it, the keyboard and mouse stopped working. To date, it is still taking about 10 seconds after fully booted into windows before the mouse and keyboard will respond. This is after uninstalling the suite. Never did get to try it.

4. Overclocking; despite having read how easy it was to get an initial overclock, it really wasn't. I went into the bios (FYI, i much prefer the old style of bios, the GUI interface is clunky and really does not help), set the cpu multiplier to 38 (a mere 3.8 ghz) and it would not post. It auto recovered fine but even so it should have been able to easily do that level.

After manually farting around, I got it to work, setting vcore manually, making sure the BLCK stayed at 100 and setting the multiplier to 42. It's now completely stable at 4.2 ghz at 1.26 vcore. This was the vcore I set, it may be able to go lower. RAM settings don't seem relevant; I set the ram to 1333 or 1600mhz and it literally made no difference.

5. Power management; Actually kind of neat to leave it on. It scales up to 4.2 ghz during prime, while crusing internet, it runs at 1.6ghz and temps are in the 20's. Doesn't seem to have a negative impact on anything but I will test with C1E and Turbo disabled later on to see if there is any difference.

6. NIC lag; I noticed this on some motherboards, where when you first boot up it takes some time while the nic connects to the router. My last board the Rampage III Formula did not have this issue and yet I've had other boards (the Asus P6TD Deluxe for example) that did the same thing. Not a big deal but still irritating.



In summary, some good and some frustrating. Still have no idea why the USB ports stopped working after I installed the AI suite. Seems that there are still traces of it left over.

These chips definitely overclock better than the X58 processors and at much lower voltages which is a plus. I'm still not a fan of the new bios interface and it would be nice to be able to disable the atheros bluetooth (uninstalling the software removes the driver for the bluetooth device which is not a solution).

Despite my frustration of the last two days, it has been worthwhile upgrading. I may reformat my drive again (painful...) to get rid of the traces of the AI suite. I can say for a fact that the day I ran the system before installing it showed absolutely no issues.

Finally, the onboard USB 3.0 port is not compatible with my USB 3.0 internal connector for the Coolermaster HAF-X. Kind of a waste of time having front USB 3.0 ports if they can't actually be used....



Edited by Robilar - 1/11/11 at 6:41pm
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Murder Box II
(18 items)
 
Home PC
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 6800K Asus X99-A II Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme Edition G. Skill Trident Z - 32GB/ 3200Hz/CL14/Quad  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Corsair H100i V2 - w/ML120 Pro Fans Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Acer Z35P 1440P G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Merc  EVGA Supernova G2 1000W Corsair 450D Mionix Naos 8200 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Inwin Batmat Aluminum Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z906 - 5.1 Maxnomic Commander S-III Gaming Chair 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G3440 Asus B85M-E/CSM EVGA GTX 950 Patriot Viper 3 - 2x8GB 1600hz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB + 4TB/3TB x 2/2TB WD Green LG CH12LS28 Bluray Scythe Big Shuriken 2 w/Corsair SP120 Fan Windows 10 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 75" TV.... GooBang Doo MX3 Corsair CX430 V2 NMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B w/ Pro LCD Module 
Mouse
GooBang Doo MX3 
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Gahh why cant anyone turn off Physx in their vantage runs these days?
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