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06-24-2019 07:07 PM
schoolofmonkey
Quote: Originally Posted by Jpmboy View Post
ugh, buy the time the APEX XI is retail in the US (and not price spiked) there will likely be other options/launches. I mean, I like playing with the Z370/390 series - very snappy stuff for sure. But HEDT is better suited for my needs (and afflictions! ). Was hard to lay off the 3647 socket stuff.
Funny you said that because I was tossing up whether to go back and revisit HEDT, I'm not gaming any where like I used to so who knows what might happen next HEDT generation
06-24-2019 05:52 PM
Jpmboy
Quote: Originally Posted by schoolofmonkey View Post
It's retail in Australia as well, $646AU, so about $450USD, it's about $200 more than the Gigabyte Aorus Master.

They just release the ROG Strix Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. that's $3899AUD...
ugh, buy the time the APEX XI is retail in the US (and not price spiked) there will likely be other options/launches. I mean, I like playing with the Z370/390 series - very snappy stuff for sure. But HEDT is better suited for my needs (and afflictions! ). Was hard to lay off the 3647 socket stuff.
Quote: Originally Posted by feznz View Post
Are you going to order some? I stopped buying from there it was either really good or really bad about 50/50 chance of being satisfied
THat Tim KW pointed out out is good stuff. Lately, I've been using swiftech's tim-mate TIM2 and get better results and durability than I have with TGK, Gelid etc. Cheap too.
06-23-2019 04:50 AM
feznz
Quote: Originally Posted by KedarWolf View Post
There is a new thermal paste, Thermalright TFX which is nonconductive and has an amazing 14.3 W/m.k conductivity. My current Mastermaker Nano has 11 W/m.k conductivity.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955394312.html
Are you going to order some? I stopped buying from there it was either really good or really bad about 50/50 chance of being satisfied
06-22-2019 04:18 PM
schoolofmonkey
Quote: Originally Posted by Jpmboy View Post
That Apex XI is still not retail in the US. Only via 3rd party from the EU.
It's retail in Australia as well, $646AU, so about $450USD, it's about $200 more than the Gigabyte Aorus Master.

They just release the ROG Strix Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. that's $3899AUD...
06-22-2019 12:49 PM
Vassilis008
Quote: Originally Posted by TMatzelle60 View Post
Question here I am looking at boards and I always worry about problems how is the Asus Code

Im looking into the Gigabyte master or the Asus Xi Code

I worry about getting RMA or bad reviews online and this and that I want a reliable well built board for my 9900k
Regarding RMA, Asus is unfortunately as bad as Gigabyte (at least in Belgium). You usually get a refurbished motherboard back after a couple of months with several issues, when the RMA is even accepted (I had a few RMAs refused although the brand new motherboard had very loud coil whine). My first z390 aorus master was defective and randomly rebooted; it also fed 1.35v+ to the 9900k with default settings (4.7ghz) while in reality the cpu was stable at [email protected] under prime 95 avx. The next maximus xi hero had a big coil whine from the VRMs even with c-state disabled which could be heard 5 meters away from the computer. I then received a refurbished motherboard from Asus (7 weeks waiting time and over 30€ in shipping fees from my own pocket) in exchange from the brand new defective one with a damaged socket. After threatening with legal action, the store finally gave me a brand new Asus motherboard which worked perfectly.
06-22-2019 08:11 AM
TMatzelle60 Question here I am looking at boards and I always worry about problems how is the Asus Code

Im looking into the Gigabyte master or the Asus Xi Code

I worry about getting RMA or bad reviews online and this and that I want a reliable well built board for my 9900k
06-22-2019 06:19 AM
Jpmboy
Quote: Originally Posted by schoolofmonkey View Post
I tossed up the idea of trying Gigabyte, but nah Asus more so the Apex has been tried and true, never let me down.
The fleeting idea of wait for Ryzen 3 did cross my mind, but it's hard a sway away from what you know just works.
That Apex XI is still not retail in the US. Only via 3rd party from the EU.
06-21-2019 09:04 PM
schoolofmonkey
Quote: Originally Posted by Jpmboy View Post
Nice!!
I tossed up the idea of trying Gigabyte, but nah Asus more so the Apex has been tried and true, never let me down.
The fleeting idea of wait for Ryzen 3 did cross my mind, but it's hard a sway away from what you know just works.
06-21-2019 07:56 PM
Jpmboy
Quote: Originally Posted by schoolofmonkey View Post
Well I bit the bullet and orders a 9900k/Apex XI, going to give the 8700k/Apex X to my wife.
Should be here at the end of the week.
Wish the Apex XI looked more like the X, but hey it's a refresh.

Going to keep the ROG GTX1080ti Strix for another generation, no real benefit grabbing a $2000 RTX card just for early ray tracing...lol
Nice!!
06-21-2019 05:45 PM
Vassilis008 New bios for maximus xi series available today: version 1105
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