Well Folks I got the New PSU in Monday and it's taken me until today to get most everything back in order. So now my thoughts on the Crosshair V Thunderbolt.
Start off with the Formula Side of things since I was able to do a lot of testing with it in this Mode.
Lay Out is a little better than the Crosshair IV Formula as in it's a lot easier to get to the Serial ATA ports with my LONG HD5870 since ports 1&2 are not covered by the Card. The PCI-E Slot Configuration is about the same so not much to say there. It is nice to have the additional Power for SLI/Crossfire back on the Board but remember that this port is wired to the same bus as Main power so it not only helps the PCI-E slots but also adds power to the System as a Whole just as it was in the past.
UEFI BIOS is a lot better in the fact it has better descriptions of the settings plus less BS items to set up since the ones that you need are the only ones displayed all others are Automatic (About DAM Time!). The Mouse thing is already being used by Both IBM's Power Systems that cost in the Neighborhood of the $8000+ USD and Apples Power Macintosh Lines so that was no real Shock to me.
Performance....Well between the CHIVF with a 965Black and the CHVF with same CPU, there was none to speak of..they both ran the same and received the same scores in Future Mark Vantage. Now the Difference between the 965Black and the 1100T well so far the 965Black Wins! I have yet to see any advantages for the Six versus Four Cores yet and I've used both to the best I could...BUT I haven't tried RAGE yet which boast that the 965doesn't have enough Cores?????
Now the to AI Suite II, I have no Idea what the Hell everyone's is complaining about here because I installed this version the same way I do with every board I build and haven't had a Single error yet! So lets get down to the correct ways and means of doing it....When you finish installing Windows the first thing you should do and I don't care a dam what other think, Put the Motherboard CD in and install all of the Software! now that that is done Update Windows. Next update your software to what's on the Site. Now that you have the Updated AI Suite II on and running Fire up Driver Genus and let it update all but the Realtech Audio...I have found that the updated Driver works Great till you try to use X-Fi and then no matter what you do X-Fi doesn't work! Now you have a fully updated system and ready for any other Tweaks you want to do plus AI Suite II seems to work just FINE.
Next installment I'll get into the Thunderbolt and my Bitchfest will begin!