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  1. Can you guys recommend the top essential apps for overclocking, benchmarking, stress testing for stability, and monitoring? So far I have CPU-Z, GPU-Z, HWInfo, Cinebench R20. I know there are more, but would like to know what the best ones are. Is Prime95 good for stress testing the CPU for stability or is there something better? I am on an Intel platform btw. I read that you can use Cinebench as a stress test as well by setting it to loop.
  2. The actual Audioengine A2+ Speakers come with a built-in DAC, and I'm assuming it will bypass the DAC on my motherboard if I hook up the speakers to my computer via USB. With that being said, is an external DAC even necessary to improve sound quality even further? As far as I know, it seems that a benefit of using an external DAC is mainly for headphones. If I were to use an external DAC with the A2+, do you think there will be an audible difference in sound quality compared to using the built-in one inside the speaker?
  3. I have been putting off getting VR until the technology gets better, especially with performance. My question, is it time yet to invest into VR or should I still wait? The last time I was looking into getting a VR headset, I heard that the resolution and the fps isn't there yet. But that was about 4 years ago. Does anyone know if the current headset market has any good brands? I will be using it mostly with flight sims, like Prepar3D, X-Plane and racing sims like Assetto Corsa, and also VR gaming on steam as well. My main concerns are resolution and performance. Since I play in 4k, can VR give me at least 4k resolution with good framerates?
  4. What's the purpose of clearing the CMOS on a brand new motherboard? I thought this is only necessary if you want to reset your mobo back to it's default factory settings.
  5. Set XMP or not? Conflicting info here. If yes, then what XMP profile or setting should I use? I'm not familiar with ASUS ROG Maximus Hero motherboard bios settings yet. This will be my first.
  6. Thanks, I want my first boot up into Windows to be completely free of any tweaks. After I set everything up, then I will play with the overclock settings. I want to be sure my system is running stable first in a vanilla state before applying tweaks.
  7. Does this motherboard automatically use the AI to overclock your system? I want my newly built PC to run in stock settings without any overclocking applied to CPU/RAM, etc. I heard the ASUS Rog Maximus Hero motherboards come from the factory with this AI overclock mode enabled by default. If so, how can I configure the BIOS so that it loads my machine up in a vanilla state without any tweaks applied?
  8. I have all my parts ready to go except still waiting for the CPU. Would it be possible for me to start building everything while I wait for the CPU to arrive? So once that comes in, all I have to do is install the CPU into the socket on my motherboard, and then attach my AIO pump over the cpu and I'll be set to go and won't have to do much. Will installing everything except the CPU mess anything up?
  9. Well as long as I can see if the RGB lighting is working without frying anything.
  10. I have everything installed except for my CPU which I am still waiting for it to arrive. Besides that I have pretty much everything else installed in my case. AIO, Mobotherboard, RAM, video card, ssd, hdd, fans, etc. Would it be possible for me to turn my computer on without a CPU installed into the socket on my motherboard? I would like to see if the RGB lighting works and also would like to be able to enter the BIOS to take a look and get an overall feel for how things are laid out. I just want to make sure it is safe to do so, I don't want to end up frying anything by turning on my machine without a CPU installed.
  11. I have the NZXT 710i Case with the Smart Device V2 Fan/RGB Hub built-into the case. It has 3 fan channels and 2 RGB lighting channels. 1 of the RGB lighting channel is used to power the 2 built-in LED Strips in the case. I have replaced the rear 140mm fan with an AER 2 RGB, and also will be using 3x120mm AER 2 RGB fans with Z73 Radiator. I have daisy chained all 4 AER 2 RGB Fans. I have the 140mm rear AER RGB fan connected to a channel by itself which is in turn connected to one of the 3 Fan Channels on the Smart Device V2 HUB. I'm not sure where to connect the fan connectors on the 3x120mm AER RGB Radiator fans to? Do I connect them to the 3 fan splitters that's connected to the Smart Device Hub, or do I connect them to the splitter on the breakaway cable that comes in the box with the Z73? Also my other question is regarding the connection of the RGB lighting of the 4 fans. After having daisy chained all 4 aer rgb fans, do I connect that last wire directly into the Smart Device Hub's RGB channel or connect it to the RGB connector from the breakaway cable that's coming from the AIO?
  12. Thank you very much for your help and thorough explanation!
  13. If I install my nvme SSD into slot B, will I also be able to install an additional SATA SSD and SATA HDD as well? The motherboard has 6 SATA channels, and some nvme slots will disable 2 of those.