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G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7D-16GTX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent CAS 7 DDR3 1600 1.5V with overclocking headroom 08/30/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7D-16GTX

Pros: Fast, looks great, XMP settings worked perfectly first time for CL7 at 1.5V

Cons: Memory is tall even with the heat spreader fins removed. Can be an issue if you have a massive heat sink.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this this specifically to run on a Z87 motherboard that did not support memory over-volting and the CAS 7 at 1.5V worked fantastic.

I later built a new system (Z97/4790K) and moved this memory to it and found overclocking to DDR3 2400 was effortless. The initial timings were a little loose when overclocking on auto, but with help from the G.Skill Tech forum RAM is Overclocked to DDR3 2400 10-12-12-28 at 1.62V.

Very pleased with this memory. If I had the same circumstances I would buy it again, but if I were buying memory for a system that supports overclocked XMP memory, I would buy a kit tested at a higher frequency and benefit from the XMP timings stored on the kit, vs having to set them all by hand.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Great Z97 ATX board but needs better fan control software 08/13/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good board layout layout, lots of fan headers, M2 slot, SATA express capable. SLI ready, includes SLI Bridge. Plenty of USB 3.0 ports, Gigabyte Ethernet, good Audio.

This would be a great board but...

Cons: Non-standard ATX mounting. I had to drill a hole to add an extra standoff to support the motherboard. 1/2 egg deduction. Also the back corner of the mother board does not have an extra screw hole for support. Another 1/2 egg.

The Fan control software (SIV) is fairly easy to use and will control the dual fan Cryorig R1 ultimate, but the speeds are not remembered after a reboot or after the system goes to sleep. There is a long running thread on the enthusiast boards that I did not see before buying. Deduct another full Egg for this as I have to fight with it every day. SpeedFan works for the CPU fan but the system fan headers are not behaving well with speedfan so that is unfortunate. I may connect the case fans so they are not controlled by the motherboard but that pretty much defeats my desire for having the system temps drive the fan speeds.

Other Thoughts: The fan control software is the main drawback. I opened a support ticket with Gigabyte and we'll see if they respond.

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GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: four DIMM slots. allows older lower density memory.
USB 3.0 header
six SATA ports
well thought out connector locations on the MoBo

Overclocks the G3258 nicely within its limits.

Cons: Only one case fan header. A second fan header would have gotten this to 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Using the stock cooler, this is stable running a G3258 at 4.0 Ghz tested with Win 81 pro.

Intended use is a Linux server so this will be a nice budget build combined with a G3258 and 4GB ram.

note: I submitted an earlier review which may be deleted. The multipliers were locked. The BIOS listed on the rev 2.0 board was FD, but I re flashed the BIOS after downloading from Gigabyte and then the CPU was unlocked.

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Display Name: Daniel H.

Date Joined: 11/28/05

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  • First Review: 03/02/08
  • Last Review: 08/30/15
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