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GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This motherboard packs a lot in a small package. Plenty of USB 2 and 3 ports, and even has a serial port header (connector not included). Also it is fanless and quiet. Built-in bluetooth works well, didn't test wifi The included antenna is adjustable and has a magnetic base so it will stick to the top or the side of the case.

Cons: Dual-band Intel 7260 wireless requires some messing around to make it work in Debian Linux. Doesn't matter to me since mine is using the Atheros Ethernet interface. There are also some (fixable but annoying) issues with Linux support for the Intel Ethernet and Intel HD audio.

Other Thoughts: When I first set it up, the system would just power-cycle (no POST) whenever I had RAM installed in slot #1. I contacted Gigabyte support and they got back to me on the 2nd business day after I wrote them. They said this is usually caused by a bent pin on the CPU socket. I took out the CPU and yes indeed there was a bent pin. I was able to straighten it with a needle and fix my problem. Don't know whether it was my mistake or a defect -- but all's well that ends well!

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Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT2K8G3D1608ET3LX0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast, compatible RAM. You can't go wrong with this if you need DDR3-1600 RAM, unless you were trying to save money - cuz this isn't your cheapest option...

Cons: Not really any negatives. This is not the lowest of the low-profile RAM, because the heat spreaders add a few millimeters of height. Not a problem for me.

Other Thoughts: Used in GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI motherboard, no problems.

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ZALMAN LQ-315 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet, easy, effective 12/18/2013

This review is from: ZALMAN LQ-315 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: Very quiet and effective. With i7-4770S (a relatively low TDP processor) temps stay below 50 deg C with all four cores fully loaded. The best part: It was actually easier to install than most heatsink-fan combos. Good design and instructions, quality parts.

Cons: One day it will stop working. Instead of just blowing out the dust and giving it a new fan like with a traditional cooler, the whole system will probably need to be replaced. I hope it lasts a long time!

Other Thoughts: Used with a Cooler Master Elite 130 case which is a small case designed for radiator installation. Hoses were good length, more than needed for this case but it is pretty small.

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Chebar C.'s Profile

Display Name: Chebar C.

Date Joined: 07/23/02

  • Reviews: 58
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 10/06/06
  • Last Review: 12/18/13
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