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XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 06/21/2014

This review is from: XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad

Pros: Great pad that stays put.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's bigger then I thought.

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Kaybles CAT6A-25S 25 ft. Cat 6A Blue Color Shielded Stranded STP Network Cable Blue Color
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Does the job and everything is shielded.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Since this cable is shielded it's not as flexible as non shielded so it's hard to make corners with it. The RJ45 plug also has a tin shield so it's just a tad tight in the connection socket.

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MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming 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

Pros: This was my first MSI build and so far I'm pretty impressed with the features on this board. It's design and layout are great for both the gamer and overclockers. As the other reviewer mentioned it comes with a great manual and with everything marked can almost be put together without the manual.

Cons: None really.... although I haven't played with it yet to find the issue the "beep speaker" isn't working. Could be just a simple enable issue in the bios.

And of course the price. It's a top end board so you pay top dollar for it but you always want it to be cheaper...lol

Other Thoughts: My components are very similar to the other reviewer ( Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell OC to 4.1Ghz, 1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400, Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760, EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 80 PLUS PLATINUM PSU and the thing runs like a champ.

The bios is very easy to update and with a dual bios no need to worry about bricking it. As was mentioned the "Real Audio" will need to detect the speakers so they may not work if your following the layout diagram in the manual but that's no biggie.

You will need to be aware of your CPU cooler size if your going to fill all 4 ram slots. With that cooler I used ( Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO) the fan covered number 1 dimm so if your ram has a heat spreader that many become an issue.

Tech Support: Had a question about a power issue so I called them. You get the standard telephone auto system but got through very quickly. Question was answered but there is a language barrier so you'll need to listen carefully.

Final conclusions: If your looking to build a great gaming system then this board should fit your needs. My only concern, being this is my first time using an MSI board is if some issue pops up later down the road. As of now though it's running rock solid and stable at 4.1Ghz and I'm quite happy.

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David N.'s Profile

Display Name: David N.

Date Joined: 07/03/06

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 06/09/09
  • Last Review: 06/21/14
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