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06-27-2019 01:43 AM
schoolofmonkey Hey I got a quick question about the Apex X and 2 nvme drives.

I stuck in a second Samsng 970 Evo with my current 960 Evo, now I'm just using the second nvme drive to run a few games off until the Apex XI turns up.

What I noticed is when the game running from the second nvme drive goes to write to the boot nvme drive that drive will drop out.
I check device manager the old 960 Evo was listed as a standard drive and the 970 Evo as a SCSI disk device.
This happened constantly within about a minute, you'd see the Autosave icon just spinning, if you Alt F4 out the boot drive has a question mark on it.
So I swapped the drives around in the Dimm2 card and now both drives show up as SCSI Disk Device, I'm guessing that's normal due to the 16 lane limitation so they would be using the PCH?
Since swapping them around I haven't had the drive drop out.
06-26-2019 01:05 PM
bl4ckdot Hello,
I updated my BIOS to 1105, but it didn't update my ME firmware. Anyone know why ?

I also saw that on the M11E drivers page, there isn't anymore the link to download chipset drivers. Others Z390 board all have their chipset drivers.
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.
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