j[Techspot] Asrock X99E-ITX review
I just read the review and two things stood out to me besides how badass this thing is.
1. Dual channel ram, in real life, is just as good as quad channel. There goes 1/2 the arguments against that I hear. The other being that you can't take advantage of 40 pcie lanes... which if you don't need them is also a non-issue.
2. Why are reviewers always so surprised when hi-powered mini builds don't immediately overheat and explode? There are so many good cooling options out there that make that assumption seem really outdated. Yes stock cooling won't do a great job... but how many x99 builds at any size use stock cooling? Get the 'net!
I don't see why so many people are forgetting that the 5820k exists. Slap that in here, and with a good single high end GPU and you'd have yourself one beast of a rig for not all that much more than Z97.
DDR4 is dropping like a rock.
Also if I'm not mistaken none of the Haswell-E processors come pre-packaged with a stock cooler anyways.
It's possible, the Bit-Tech article from when this board was announced mentioned that they've heard rumors of one other company working on a ITX X99 board.
Haha good point. This board comes with a cooler because it's narrow socket... but it'll just take up closet space next to my 3770K coolers anyway.
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RAM bandwidth is perhaps the least of a bottleneck of any intel system - and that was the case last 4-5 years or more...Haswell had very little to gain outside IGP performance going beyond DDR3-1866 / 2133 dual channel, and same was true for IB s2011 hex CPUs.
Nit-picking on DDR4 that is faster than that to boot, is just silly. Current CPU architectures are not RAM starved in any significant way for consumer applications.
Quad channel niche is a witch-hunt, much like "FP64" significance etc...tons of ink are spilled to convince an almost "metaphysical" advantage that doesn't manifest anywhere outside self-fulfilling benchmark prophecies.
This board, unless it ends up being unreliable for w/e reason, leaves almost nothing to be desired in real life utility.
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