MAINGEAR and the Asus Maximus IV Extreme – Prior and Proper Testing vs What’s Popular

No word on the quantity of the dead CPUs; first message I pick up on this topic as well. Anyone had similar experiences?

I thought I’d give you a glimpse into how we do business at MAINGEAR. It’s no secret that buying a boutique PC is more expensive than building your own. Having full time employees, a mortgage, taxes, marketing, insurance, R&D, etc all cost money and all get built into the price we charge. And in return our customers expect a certain value for their money. That includes great pre- and post-sales support, warranty guarantees, and knowing they are getting a product that has our stamp of approval.

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Fully half of the samples we received were killing processors. Neither Asus nor ourselves could figure out what was going on, but they shipped us various motherboards with different BIOSs, even boards they pretested, and they kept killing our retail processors.


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K404 says:

A touch too much self-hype in the newspost, but at least he appears honest and transparent.

United States steponz says:

Yeah.. I agree.. a little much... Probably not the best thing for there business either.. Asus is going to charge them a premium.... At least it was honest.. not so sure about the most strenuous testing in the business.... LN2 involved? Ill show him streuous... lol

Australia Dinos22 says:

hmm interesting

United States Minor Outlying Islands Kal-EL says:

I'd like a bit more info on exactly what the hell the issue is with the mainboard, hello?

Belgium Massman says:

Yeah - I was actually hoping some other people would report this issue as well. Looks like this is just one anomaly as well. Actually, it's quite difficult to kill CPUs nowadays anyway.

Norway knopflerbruce says:

Massman said: Yeah - I was actually hoping some other people would report this issue as well. Looks like this is just one anomaly as well.

Actually, it's quite difficult to kill CPUs nowadays anyway.


Yah, these 980x chips seem to last forever:D

Austria _mat_ says:

I killed one 2600K ES on a fresh retail P8P67 Deluxe while testing for our Sandy Bridge review. No minus temperatures involved, no high voltages ... VCCIO about 1,2 Volt, VCore about 1,5. Seemed like something was wrong with the digital vrms. Under load at 5.3 ghz or more the mainboard kept shutting down. That happened 3 to 4 times and then the cpu and board remained silent ... forever. Killed also another i5-2400 "Early D2" sample. Just BClock-overclocked to test what it's capable of. Only VCore was raised to 1.4 volts or something. Next time I tried to use the cpu it was dead. WTF?! The Retails seem to be stronger. Had my hands on four cpus yet and no victims for now. :)

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