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ASUS Has Died

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Probably The Worst Company in History 😈

Jesus sounds like ASUS in Spanish and a Donkey in Switzerland German, ASUS can be called a Donkey’s Ass

Turns out ASUS has a name that sounds like Jesus and probably more depending upon what language you know, personal I can tell you this much, ASUS ant no fucking saint or God for that matter.

It all began with Dream Machine 2014 and the USB ports disconnecting and reconnecting. Wait one moment, it began the first time I ever owned a ASUS product, witch was in 2006 when the motherboard would hang almost a minute before completely booting. It was ASUS P4S800D-X a ugly looking motherboard and something I could case less about at the time because the one before, ASRock motherboards wait one moment again isn’t ASRock a knock off of ASUS, Yes that’s right!.

ASRock may of been a knock off of ASUS back then and as of now ant anymore, guess that’s why the NAS\Server is still running. What went down for the ASUS Maximus VII Hero motherboard when I first got it, was the USB disconnecting and reconnecting and thought it was insignificant power been deliver to USB ports. This happened once every often and could be replicated so easily.

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Until one day just before E3 2015 when summer was about to began it happened, I completely lost it, literally lost it. Ten years messing around with PC’s aka Machines and to only hate them has mush has it did when it took place.

ASUS caused over a decade all relationship to almost end on the cause of me losing what I love doing, been a machine head and pure PowerUser that most of you wouldn’t hold shit to, honestly I would burn this vessel up to prove you wrong along with me eating your soul in the progress.
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Computex 2015

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Computex 2015 Coverage

What a Perfect time to be a Geek 🙂

Computex is one of the best events to attend, lets see what this year has to offer

Even though I given upon All-in one Liquid Coolers, Chassis, Heatsinks, Fans, Optical bay drives and Power Supply Units (PSU), that don’t mean it ant going to get covered in this years event. Everything goes when it comes to Computex, no matter what or how weird it many be, it’ll be linked.

The same can be said for company’s I dislike or hate, you have to have something to compare it to and who knows the most hated or disliked company could end up been one of the coolest peaces of gear at this years Computex.
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ASUS X99/Z97 Mobo gets NVMe

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ASUS X99 and Z97 Motherboards Support NVM Express Devices 🙄

World’s first Motherboard to support all NVM Express wasn’t Micro-Star International the first followed by Gigabyte

ASUS announced that it is the world’s first motherboard brand to support all NVM Express (NVMe) storage devices via a simple UEFI BIOS update and optional ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card. The free UEFI BIOS update enable all ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards to be compatible with the latest NVMe storage devices.

The free UEFI BIOS update enable all ASUS X99 and Z97 motherboards to be compatible with the latest NVMe storage devices, including those with PCI Express (PCIe) and M.2 (PCIe) interfaces. All ASUS X99 motherboards are also compatible with the latest 2.5-inch NVMe SFF-8639 solid-state drives (SSDs), via the exclusive ASUS Hyper Kit expansion card for ultimate data-transfer bandwidth up to 32Gbit/s.
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Asustek updates Z97 and H97 Mainboards

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New Firmware Update for Maximus VII Hero 🙄

To bad they didn’t fix the previous problems that exist with Z97 Motherboards

Stay away from ASUS and Corsair products by all means, if your one of those people that love ASUS and Corsair products then you may wanna read the following information on what motherboards are supported. The mount of problems I had with the Maximus VII Hero motherboard just wasn’t worth it. ACPI reporting event errors and USB 3.0 fighting with AsMedia SATA Ports enough said and I’ll never purchase another product again from ASUS.

Intel Corp.’s code-named Broadwell processors are still two or three months away, but mainboard makers are already preparing for their arrival. Asustek Computer, the world’s largest producer of motherboards, this week released new BIOS versions for its contemporary mainboards that add support for the new central processing units.

As expected, all of Asustek’s platforms based on the Intel Z97 and H97 chipsets will support Intel Core i-series 5000-family processors made using 14nm process technology and known as Broadwell. The only thing needed to add support of the upcoming chips to existing mainboards is an up-to-date BIOS that can be obtained from Asus. Update requires simple one-touch operation with either USB flash drive or Windows-based app. The easy-to-use ASUS USB BIOS Flashback or BIOS Updater tools enable users to update the UEFI BIOS quickly, unleashing the great performance of the latest high-performance CPUs.
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Intel Skylake-S to drop in new LGA1151 Socket

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It only felt like a month ago that I just finished building this years dream machine and we have word about the up coming Skylake-S processor from Intel, set to launch next year 2015 after Broadwell. If you been living under a rock, then I guest you haven’t heard about Intel’s Broadwell-E been postponed until 2016 and you can cleanly see why with Z87 and Z97 Chipset already on the market, followed by September’s launch with Haswell-E and X99 Chipset.

So when Broadwell hit’s the market sometime Q1 2015 we’ll have four different processors and three different Chipset’s to chose from. The lifespan of the Chipset wouldn’t last for to long if we were to have Z87, Z97 X99 and the New 100 series Z170 chipset that’s around the corner for Skylake-S to make four different Chipset total when the time comes. Think about with all of those processors and Chipset’s you can see why Intel postpone Broadwell-E we don’t need two HEDT processors plus all of those Chipset’s.

We already know Intel had plans for Broadwell to be a Ball Grid Array (BGA) only chip, until the people started complaining saying the PC was dead, well from the reports coming from around the web we can expect the chip that was mainly design for stupid Tables and Laptop’s to preform no better then it’s counter part Haswell, expect for one difference Power Saving.

We can safely say people with the Haswell Devil’s Canyon part won’t be upgrading anytime soon, I know I won’t be and wish I went with X99 Chipset instead of Mainstream desktop part, next upgrade HEDT all the way. The reason why am I writing about this chipset is because of The Z97 Chipset and The Evolution Run down and to keep notes of the hardware changes to come. With that here’s what’s going to be new in the 100 Series Chipset:
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Phoney’s Dream Machine 2014

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The Dream Machine Nightmare

Wish there were some way to go back in time and prevent this nightmare from happening

Dream Machine 2014 got really exciting when first ordering the Cooler Master Cosmos II case, but that got all put on hold because of the renovations that were happening around the house and in the lab, so it was once more put on hold till June then started ordering the rest. Tunes out that Z87 Chipset was suppose to be the Chipset for dream machine 2013 but that got post pose because of you know money.

So 2014 strolled around and ended up going with the Z97 Chipset. Parts started showing up to the door then followed by testing them one by one with the old Dream Machine 2008, everything turned out fine for the most part but things were about to get crazy or should I say Havoc.

Never in my life time building PC’s did I have this much frustration and nerve wrecking experience putting the hardware together. From Corsair’s H100i AIO cooler to the ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero motherboard and Intel’s Core i7 4790K processor. instead of me ranting about what just annoyed me the most I’ll take on one piece of hardware at a time staring with the Cooler Master Cosmos II case.

Before going into the Cosmos II case I’ll cover some of the problems I encounter along the way, it was with ASUS stupid Keybot application once enabled locked up the mouse and keyboard leaving me with no control over the system, turned out you have to have it in a pacific USB port on the back of the motherboard. Next was the GameFirst III application that was conflicting with my network, I blamed Intel’s driver for i218-v Ethernet even though there were some settings that need tweaking. It wasn’t Intel’s fault but the ASUS GameFirst III service running in the background, selecting disable fixed that problem and a quick uninstall of the application it was over.
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The Z97 Chipset and The Evolution Run down

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Instead of writing one ass long overview or understanding of the new Z97 Chipset I’ll just post here what I found from numerous places around the web. Lets start this off with the Z97 and ending with what I have now P45 Chipset codename (Eaglelake). I would also like to point out that the days of just looking at the chipset diagram are long gone, especially when your coming from P45, not only do your have to study the chipset but also the processor the same time. As most of what use to make a chipset now lays in the CPU die in some way or form, so here we go!

Intel’s Z97 Chipset code-named (Lynx Point)

By now nearly everyone is familiar with Intel’s tick-tock strategy where every die shrink of a previous microarchitecture is succeeded by a new architectural revision. Hence the recent 22nm Haswell will soon be replaced with Broadwell, a family of chips based on Haswell’s design but built using a 14nm manufacturing process. This pattern of constant updates is realistic within the CPU world but the processor’s partner chipsets have always seemed to lag behind. Many will come to this conclusion when looking at Intel’s latest chipset, the LGA1150-based Z97. Z97 actually presents an interesting case study in how certain key elements in a motherboard’s toolkit have moved forwards while others have retained the status quo since Z87 was rolled out in 2013.
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