Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Here we have one of gigabytes new Z97 offerings, lower priced then their other Z97 offerings, but still full of useful features and the new M.2/ Sata express connectors.
4x usb 3.0 rear connections, and depending on your case of choice 1 to 2 front usb connections.
The new realtek 1150 audio with rear port amplifier.
6x sata III 6.0 gbps connectors with raid support.
If using onboard video your choice of vga, hdmi, dvi-d ports or use more then one for multiple monitors, Hdmi port supports 4k resolutions (dependent upon the processor you choose).
3x onboard usb 2.0 headers for your case front ports or add on card readers and the like.
2x pcie 3.0 slots for 2 way SLI or Crossfire setups, pcie1 runs at x16 and pcie2 runs at x8, but if you use both pcie 3.0 slots at the same time then pcie1 will run at x8 as well as pcie2 at x8.
This board was very easy for setup, I have the gigabyte z87x-ud5h board so when installing this gigabyte z97x-sli all I had to do was install the board set my memory XMP profile in bios, set my fast boot to ultra and boot up.
Then install the drivers from the disc just to be sure I got the z97 drivers needed uninstall a couple of feature drivers that only my z87 board used, reactivate windows 8.1 pro x64 with media center and reboot and I was off and running. With no loss of anything perfectly simple.
Cons: The only con I found was the fact of only 3x system fan connectors on this board compared to 5x system fan connectors on my z87 board, Otherwise this board is fantastic.
Other Thoughts: Ok, all in all this board is great for anyone that wants SLI/crossfire, z97 plus the new features of sata express/ M.2 at a I'm on a tight budget price compared to some of the higher offerings.
Also the support for gen 4 and 5 socket 1150 intel processors.
My setup with this board is as follows:
Gigabyte z97x-sli mb
1tb Seagate barracuda sata III hdd
Asus sata blu ray burner
Asus sata dvd burner
2x EVGA Gtx 460s in SLI
Corsair cx750m modular 750w power supply
12gb g.skill 1866 memory dual channel 2x4gb 2x2gb
intel core i3 4130 haswell cpu 3.4ghz
Zalman after market cpu cooler
win 8.1 pro x64 bit with media center
CFI bastet atx pc case with 2x hot swap bays etc.
I will at some point try out the new M.2 slot for an ssd when my budget allows, but its nice to have the feature there when needed.
As, I stated this is a great board if on a budget where you can not spend the premium price for the higher end boards but want to have the z97 setup with the new features, price vs features and performance are great for this board.
This review is from: SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset
Pros: This is a nice headset, the sound quality is good you are able to hear sounds that you wouldn't normally hear with your standard day to day headset. Includes plenty of cable length, so you are able to use at a distance from your pc if you were to sit on your couch while playing games on say a 60" HDTV. Enough connectors for PC, ipod, ipad, mp3 players, smart phones etc.
The color in nice, retractable hidden mic is a nice touch when you want to use as a media headset without the mic setting in your face the whole time.
The padding is adequate, with leather covering the ear padding it is soft and comfortable, it does tend to make my ears sweat a little, but all in all very wearable for long periods of time.
Has the included usb sound card which does its job, I just use them without it though as my MB has sound blaster xfi3 onboard for really nice sound with this headset.
So, I did find a use for the usb sound card as a stand alone sound source for a PC I have that the onboard sound had stopped working due to a bad speaker port, so I just plugged in the usb sound card installed the steel series engine driver and plugged speakers into it and it works well for the pc to have sound now.
Cons: I do have a couple cons that tie together, the sound on this headset could be louder with windows volume at 100% and the volume control on the headset turned all the way up its to me still low. With the usb soundcard still the same issue volume is too low for my liking, but it would keep you from blowing your ears out and saves your hearing so I guess its a trade off.
Other Thoughts: My overall thought on this headset is it is a great product, it does what it was designed to do let you game without much outside noise interference, be comfortable aside from a little bit sweaty ears, and hear all the sounds you need to in the game by setting up your own profile for your hearing needs for each game.
I recommend this headset for the gamers out there that need to have good sound quality while defending the universe online and such, Game on geeks.