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X99 v3 mobo recommendation?

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Brando

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i'm not 100% sure i need one yet but i've been chasing gremlins with my asus x99a usb 3.1 for as long as i can remember. i have a replacement for my new hard drive coming in and if it has the same issue as my first one even with a new cable in a different port i think it may be the final straw. i'm looking for a possible alternative to asus that will be rock solid for under $250 if it exists. i've read that asrock is good but the boards that support ddr4-3000 only have 1 pwm fan header and they aren't clear about whether they have intelligent fan control. what i need is...

4 pwm chassis fan headers with intelligent fan speed control. (it's not the end of the world if it only has 2 since i can get a couple splitters but 4 is better)
support for ddr4-3000 xmp profile
compatible with samsung 950 pro nvme m.2 drive
beefy enough to oc a 5820k to 4375mhz at 1.23-1.25v or so (not hard)
not have weird issues that drive me insane slowly over time trying to chase down bad components

thank you in advance

EDIT: the asrock taichi looks close but ddr4-3000 isn't on the list. will i still be able to set xmp? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157719
also not familiar with asrock chassis fan control. is it similar to asus qfan?
 
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Tír na nÓg

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Woomack

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I'm using Taichi for 3 months or something and it's working without issues 24/7 with [email protected] 1.22V and 32GB Crucial [email protected] It was overclocking up to 3200 and I bet that with better kit it will run higher. It's not overclocking as good as X99M Killer 3.1 but for air/water cooling is more than enough. It also has wifi and 2x M.2.
I wasn't testing max clocks on this board. Memory for sure won't run as high as on X99M Killer but there is no board which can beat it. ASRock Extreme will run about as high as Taichi just because both series are tuned for stability rather than max clocks. On the other hand CPU will OC as high as on any other X99 ASRock board.
 
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Brando

Brando

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thanks guys i'll keep it bookmarked. sorry for the noob question but what happens when your rams xmp profile isn't on the list in the motherboard specs? do i have to set it manually every time i reset to factory defaults? this is from the asrock website. it's surprising since 3000 is such a common speed.

- Supports DDR4 3300+(OC)*/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2400(OC)/2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory

EDIT: i know i can just set the ram but xmp is a nice time saving feature. i'd rather have it but it's not the end of the world if i don't. i'm just curious what happens when you go into the bios and click on xmp profiles for the non supported ram you have installed. is it just not there to select?
 
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Woomack

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They just didn't add all speeds , there is 2133, 2200, 2400, 2600, 2666, 2750, 2800, 2933, 3000, 3100, 3200, 3333, ... some of these settings are not on the list but for example there is 2933 ... have you seen any DDR4 kit at 2200, 2600 or 2933 XMP profile ? There are almost only 2133, 2400, 2666, 2800, 3000, 3200, 3333 memory kits for X99.
As I already said my Crucial memory has XMP 3000 profile and is working at these settings without issues. However at 3000 most XMP profiles will change bclk to 125MHz ( CPU ratio will be changed to lower ). You can keep it or manually change it to 100MHz and x30 memory ratio for the same clock. On ASRock and ASUS boards both settings should work.
 
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Brando

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They just didn't add all speeds , there is 2133, 2200, 2400, 2600, 2666, 2750, 2800, 2933, 3000, 3100, 3200, 3333, ... some of these settings are not on the list but for example there is 2933 ... have you seen any DDR4 kit at 2200, 2600 or 2933 XMP profile ? There are almost only 2133, 2400, 2666, 2800, 3000, 3200, 3333 memory kits for X99.
As I already said my Crucial memory has XMP 3000 profile and is working at these settings without issues. However at 3000 most XMP profiles will change bclk to 125MHz ( CPU ratio will be changed to lower ). You can keep it or manually change it to 100MHz and x30 memory ratio for the same clock. On ASRock and ASUS boards both settings should work.
ok so you just chose the xmp 3000 profile from a list or had to set the speed and timings individually to the same as xmp would have been?
 
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Brando

Brando

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you only enable xmp and everything works

thanks for spelling it out i just wanted to be sure. i have no idea why they don't just list every ram speed they cover in the specs. easy way to avoid confusion.
 
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Brando

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i'd like to offer an apology to asus for smearing their product unfairly due to my incompetence. i spent half a day setting the system to default, googling, swapping sata cables, trying new ports/different dvds and different drives, researching hard drive brands, and starting an rma. it looks like the problem was the very first thing i should have tried that would have taken 2 minutes. a damn molex to sata power cable adapter. LOL *kicks self*
 
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caddi daddi

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I used to use power adapters, I quit when a cpu power extender roached pushing a high clock on an 8350, so now I use all fully modular power supplies and proper cables.
 
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Brando

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I used to use power adapters, I quit when a cpu power extender roached pushing a high clock on an 8350, so now I use all fully modular power supplies and proper cables.
i wouldn't want to use an adapter for anything super important but molex to sata doesn't seem critical until it becomes a huge waste of time. lesson learned.