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Re: My new PC (Aug 2015) - Asus Maximus VII Hero

PostPosted: 09 Aug 2016, 20:42
by Blín D'ñero
I bought a new Cooler for my CPU to replace the Zalman CPNS9900A LED: the Noctua NH-D15S which is identical to the Noctua NH-D15 except that (besides that it comes with only 1 fan) it has its massive body moved to one side (the 'up' side of the motherboard) relative to its base so that it does not cover the first PCI-E slot on my Asus Maximus Hero, so i don't have to remove my ZxR soundcard which is seated in the upper PCI-E slot! :thup:

The Noctua NH-D15S comes with only one fan, so i am curious to how it will perform compared to my current Zalman CPNS9900-A LED CPU cooler on my 4790K @ 4.4 Ghz: i get 74° C on the CPU (= the lid), the cores well over the 80's ° C on the hottest core, in the Everest stress test, at 22° C room temperature.

EDIT: it is overall 0.5 to 1 degree celsius cooler during the everest stress test. I call this room temperature fluctuation. I am not convinced there is a significant difference. I would say they perform the same.
The Zalman has a very efficient airflow as it blows freely through a hole in the circle of copper.
The Noctua (i have only one fan installed between the 2 metal towers) is blowing & sucking through two large metal grilles. It has maybe 4 times more metal cooling surface than the Zalman.

Both are top notch, powerful and effective.
The Noctua is quieter!

Re: My new PC (Aug 2015) - Asus Maximus VII Hero

PostPosted: 17 May 2017, 23:49
by Blín D'ñero
Installing a new USB 3.0 card reader was a drag again. Hours and hours of my personal lifetime wasted.

After reinstalling Intel_USB3_Win7_v30141.

Hardware recognition / shakehands? in motherboard / windows and between the two apparently took a lot of time without any sign that anything was happening. Maybe i was not patient enough?

Anyway, in the end i reached full success! Happiness.

Now updating my previous post with the bios settings...

Re: My new PC (Aug 2015) - Asus Maximus VII Hero

PostPosted: 18 Jul 2017, 04:41
by Blín D'ñero
Just noticed it's there (
Version 3201

(2017/03/035.55 MBytes)

Improve system stability

... although i see no reason to update the bios so i won't until i do.