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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
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GA-Z97X-SLI
Intel® Z97 Chipset

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  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10Gbps data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10Gbps data transfer
  • Intel GbE LAN with CFOS internet accelerator software
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with built-in rear audio amplifier
  • Long lifespan Durable Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

Overview

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GIGABYTE 9 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards support the latest 4th & 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute ultimate platform for your next PC build.


Performance
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Extreme Multi-GPU Support

Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFire™ or SLI™ action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


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M.2 Onboard Connector

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gbps) storage devices.

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SATA Express Connector

SATA Express interface provides multiple PCI Express lanes and two SATA 3.0 6Gbps ports, exposed through the same connector, allowing use of both PCI Express and SATA storage devices. Exposed PCI Express lanes are providing a pure PCI Express connection to the storage device, without any additional layers of abstraction.

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Intel® Gigabit LAN

Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers that features several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.


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cFosSpeed

GIGABYTE motherboards feature cFos Speed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency, maintaining low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in a crowded LAN environment. cFos Speed works in a similar way to an OS driver, monitoring network traffic packets at the application layer, allowing optimization and improved network performance for specific applications.


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Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio

The ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.

The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus two channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.


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Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier

Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.


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APP Center

GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.


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EasyTune™


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Smart Quick Boost provides users with different levels of CPU frequencies to choose to achieve desired system performance.

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Advanced CPU OC allows users to set CPU base clock, frequency, and voltages, and integrated graphics frequency.

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Advanced DDR OC allows users to set the memory clock.

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3D Power allows users to change power phase, voltage, and frequency settings.

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Cloud Station™

GIGABYTE Cloud Station™ is composed of several GIGABYTE unique apps that allow your smart phones/tablet devices to communicate, share resources, and control desktop PCs via wireless connection.


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HomeCloud
HomeCloud allows users to share the files between your smart phone/tablet device and computer or back up the files from the device to the computer.

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HotSpot
HotSpot turns your computer into a virtual wireless access point and allows you to share your connection with your other wireless devices.

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GIGABYTE Remote
GIGABYTE Remote allows users to remotely control the mouse / keyboard / Windows Media Player on your computer from your smart phone/tablet device.

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Remote OC
Remote OC allows users to remotely control their desktop PC with a powerful suite of software functions that Include overclocking and system tweaking, system monitoring plus the ability to also remotely power down/reset the PC when needed.

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Auto Green
Auto Green is an easy-to-use tool that provides users with simple options to enable system power savings via a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone/tablet devices. When the device is out of the range of the computer's Bluetooth receiver, the system will enter the specified power saving mode.

Safe
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All Solid Caps and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs

GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan.

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5X (15µ) Gold Plated CPU Socket Design

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards come equipped with a gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.

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Durable
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GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) Design

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a "Main BIOS" and a "Backup BIOS," making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.


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ESD Protection for USB and LAN

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.


Power Failure Protection with Anti-Surge IC

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards also feature special anti-surge ICs that protect your motherboard, and your PC from any surge in power delivery that may occur, helping to ensure that your PC is equipped to deal with any potentially irregular and inconsistent power delivery.

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Humidity Protection with New Glass Fabric PCB

There is nothing more harmful to the longevity of your PC than moisture, and most parts of the world experience moisture in the air as humidity at some point during the year. GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards have been designed to make sure that humidity is never an issue, incorporating a new Glass Fabric PCB technology that repels moisture caused by humid and damp conditions.

Glass Fabric PCB technology uses a new PCB material which reduces the amount of space between the fiber weave, making it much more difficult for moisture to penetrate compared to traditional motherboard PCBs. This offers much better protection from short circuit and system malfunction caused by humid and damp conditions.

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Cool

All New Heat Sink Design

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards feature new heat sink designs that offer uncompromisingly efficient cooling on key areas of the motherboard including the PWM area and chipset (PCH). GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards offer cooling support of the crucial PWM area so even the most aggressive and extreme configurations will be kept well within optimal thermal parameters.

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GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support

Many of today's 3rd party water cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.

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4K Ultra HD Support

4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. GIGABYTE motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via HDMI.


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HDMI™ - The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gbps video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI™ ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI™ is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


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DVI Support

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).


  • * The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
  • * Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
  • * All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
  • * Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI

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  • Edward M.
  • 4/23/2015 9:34:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte

Pros: I've owned Gigabyte boards before and have always had good luck with them. Very stable board and has a very nice bios interface. Cool red LED lights the lower portion of board near the audio chip.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: The board is a bit narrow and the memory slot closest the CPU when loaded with a tall high performance memory module might interfere with the CPU cooler. So I installed a ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm which fit perfectly and cools the CPU very well and is very quite on the lowest setting. On the highest setting the fan is a little loud.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2015 2:50:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast, uncomplicated and great pricing.

Pros: Great pricing for an SLI board.

Great expandability and I like the amount of SATA ports on it.

Haven't played much with the BIOS, but when I was in it, it looked fine to me.

Cons: NA

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  • Adam L.
  • 4/18/2015 10:28:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTWO doa motherboards!

Pros: Ordered two. One works, so I guess when it works it works fine.

Cons: One of the motherboards I ordered was dead on arrival. I sent it in for RMA replacement. The replacement I got was dead on arrival also! Now, it says the product is out of the 30 day RMA period. Ummm....excuse me??? I JUST received this replacement a couple weeks ago and its DEAD.

Other Thoughts: Is this just bad luck? Or is this motherboard inherently garbage? It has "ultra durable" emblazoned in big yellow letters across the box. I have to laugh a bit at that. I dunno. Your mileage may vary. But my experience so far has definitely not inspired confidence in either this product OR newegg.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 121457 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Alex E.
  • 4/14/2015 7:47:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsREAD This Review

Pros: Everything you could ask for for 120$

Cons: Had a tough time getting the mobo to boot and it would go in a continuous loop all day if i let it. But i knew even though after reading all the reviews about the same problem that it was just people who gave up and said it was doa, or not working properly. keep at it guys, more than likely its not the piece of equipment but your lack of knowledge,such as myself. This was my first build and i had to read forums and the instruction manuel for a solid day but in the end i mixed up the pci cable and the 8 pin cable that separates into 2x4. all i needed was to plug one side of that 4x2 cable (so just half of the cable) into the cpu power on the top of the board instead of the pci cable that i previously thought that was using all 8 of the slots. i hope this helps people figure everything out.

Other Thoughts: i have not gamed on it yet, i dont have a place to set up a desktop at my current residence atm, but all boots well with os and such. i hope this helps someone with the same repeatable rebooting problems.

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  • Seen S.
  • 4/12/2015 1:13:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSoild Board- unstable bios/firmware

Pros: Have had this thing for months now.

Hardware is SOLID. Everything *physically* works. It can do everything it claims to do and then some.

On board audio is as good as on board gets really. Drives quite a lot and all ports can be set as a line-in for recording or as a pass through. Have yet to have any problems period with the audio software- it's thin, quick, simple, and I strongly recommend it over using just stock drivers and windows base audio software. Is in no way a pain to use.

There is some more, but they're all "oh look at this nice pretty feature" type of thing. Just if it says it can do it on the box, it can do it.

Cons: The big problem this board has- THE BIOS- not the UI

Bad initial bios. Not the layout, but every restart, looping, and incompatibility problem everyone else says it has, has happened to me and is true. The main fix for any or all of these is resetting the bios via the on-board header back to factory. As you can see that's a complete pain to do every time, but at least it's a fix.

Like one of it's MANY problems is that if you disable your integrated GPU in favor of a dedicated card IT WILL NOT switch back if you remove the card. A full factory reset is required to get it back. Even used a Gigabyte GPU to :/

VGA compatibility is hit and miss- again, BIOS reset seems to fix this sometimes but just avoid it.

Expansion card compatibility is rather bad to. Have yet to find a single card, besides GPUs, that actually works with it 100%. Tried both PCIe and Legacy PCI port.

The list of BIOS related problems goes on. Needs a update.

Besides that, only possible thing I can think of is that the PCB seems a little thin. They say it's a good thing and prevents moisture build up, but I felt like I was going to break it when I was bolting the heat sink down. Not really a con more then a personal preference.

Other Thoughts: BIOS/firmware NEEEEEDS a serious update. It's not stable with its stock version or the latest version I've used. Please work on this Gigabyte PLEASE.

It doesn't have any artificial 3.0 lanes, but NO z97 100$-ish board does period. Give your hopes up if you want that for this price point. NOT a con- the most pcie 3.0 lanes this or any 100$ z97 can have is 16 or 2x8. However unlike some that use up the lanes for on-board stuff, Gigabyte gives you access to all of them for the best possible SLI/CF performance in the 100$ area.

Also *sadly* looking like no one will ever release a SATA Express drive outside of testing. More reason to use the included M.2 now instead of waiting for a SATA E drive (since it can only use one or the other). Was supper nice of Gigabyte to included both though- props to them on foresight.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 121268 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Jeffrey T.
  • 4/4/2015 10:49:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNear Junk

Pros: None. Was not purchased at NewEgg. Bought from a local retail brick and mortar store.

Cons: I bought this board to do basic testing with. Just needed a solid bench board. What a failure this board has been. It runs but man can it be a pain. It does not want to work with a Corsair RGB keyboard and mouse. But works ok with a cheap usb mouse and keyboard. The board is ugly with its brown and lighter brown/tan color traces. The PCB is way to thin. Gigabytes propaganda would have you believe it's thin for the win. And some stupid moisture barrier. I have never seen a motherboard as flimsy as this one. It was warped out of the box. The power supply circuitry for the cpu is worthless. And the heat sinks are a joke. Of the six kits of DDR3 I've ran in the board it only likes three of the kits. The M.2 socket is useless with my Plextor and Samsung drives. Current F7 and beta 7a bios are no help. The board is nowhere near worth the sum of it's parts. Stay away!

Other Thoughts: I will never buy another gigabyte product again. There UEFI bios is horrible. Other than the board being cheap as heck. There bios implementation is just awful. Worse bios I've ever seen. It's slow, unresponsive and laid out like a true idiot designed it. They knew it was bad so they included the 1st gen uefi. This move has made both formats suck the way they went about doing it. I will be disposing of this motherboard with a 12ga. shot gun and trash can.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 121008 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2015 10:14:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1.) Great value for the money.
2.) Really nice touch with the red LED one the board. was unintentional but the case , video card and motherboard all have read LED's, glad the case had a window in it.

Cons: 1.) Not really great (just good) for overclocking, has the features, but does not do it really well, just does it good. I am only able to get 4.2ghz out of my Pentium g3258 and my sons with a different board (cheaper) can do the same thing without cranking up the voltages like I have to.

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  • michael b.
  • 3/29/2015 2:27:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFirst motherboard I purchased.

Pros: I got it in a DIY bundle for a discount.

Cons: You get what you pay for. I tap the switch and the red light comes on, but the VGA input isn't read, and it goes on loop of on for 5-7 seconds and turns off.

Other Thoughts: It's a nice looking board nonetheless. I feel slightly discouraged on setting up my own pc this week and disappointed that I didn't read the many other bad reviews before making my choice. Although this has decent ratings for most other folks.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 120788 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Phillip J.
  • 3/28/2015 8:27:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't Work

Pros: Looks good

Cons: Got it all hooked up and it turns on for about three seconds and then switches off again and stays in that cycle turning on and off again... Seems to be a common problem from reading other comments on here. I hope I can give it a higher rating once I get this problem fixed.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 120795 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • john w.
  • 3/27/2015 6:14:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Board

Pros: Easy install, had to call tech support (phone number in manual) got fast support fixed my lack of knowledge road-bumb EVERYTHING on this board works and works great. afterburner overclocking is nice too

Cons: i read several reviews on this before i got it, and i was really hesitant cause many ppl were bashing it, let me clear that up... either they are having problems because they dont know how to set it up or are just crying because they had a normal build "problem" and cried on the internet cause thats what ppl do... :) BOARD IS AWESOME

Other Thoughts: glad i took the chance, it was in a newegg build package and everything is sooooo fast.

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