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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A good board with a few flaws 10/19/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Tasteful in appearance (none of that Sniper green-black or old-school rainbow)
-VRM heatsinks bolted down. This should happen on all boards costing three digits or higher, sadly, it doesn't.
-Board is solidly constructed, and performs up to spec

Cons: -Fan header placement. Seriously guys, what were you thinking? No fan headers for case fans at the top of the mainboard? Except for the CPU, they're all at the bottom. Glad I have a fan controller.
-The E2200 NIC is marketing fluff. PC enthusiasts know the Intel NIC, and swear by it, and the drivers are rock solid. Leave off the KN and drop the price a little, or add two Intel NICs like one of your top-ranked competitors.
-Any time I upgrade the BIOS, the system goes to default settings. I've owned three GB boards in a row; they should have made it possible to save settings through a BIOS flash long ago. It shouldn't be that hard to do, and people who tweak don't want to have to write down every setting change they've ever made on a premium board with tons of them. Once again, a pain.

Other Thoughts: As a long-time Gigabyte customer, this is a great board. However, it's the little things that make a board stand out at each price point. The Black program is one of those --but Gigabyte needs to do just a little more to ensure they stand out against their competitors.
Running with an i7-4790k Devil's Canyon, 4 x 4GB RipJaws running in XMP 1866MHz CAS 9 CL2, two XFX DD Black R9 280x cards in Crossfire, X-Fi Titanium PCIe, Velociraptor 600GB and WD Black 1TB hard disks, NEC DVDRW, in a Corsair 650D case

Black 200mm Case Fan 1000RPM
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Acceptable, but not great 07/24/2014

This review is from: Black 200mm Case Fan 1000RPM

Pros: The fans have a reasonable life. I had one as the intake fan in my Corsair 650D for several years, without issues.

Cons: NewEgg sells this fan for a fair bit more than the OEM.
The fan costs more than the higher quality, higher airflow, lower noise BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm, or the CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200mm which NewEgg also carries; I have owned all three.

Other Thoughts: At a full 12 volts, this fan gets a bit whiny. It is much more tolerable lowered to about 7.5v with a fan controller, but you get less airflow. Cooler Master's MegaFlow 200mm and BitFenix's Spectre Pro 200mm operate at their full 12v with much better noise quality. I would purchase these from NewEgg rather than the Corsair.

BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-LPRO-20025B-RP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Corsair 650D front fan replacement 07/24/2014

This review is from: BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-LPRO-20025B-RP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan

Pros: Tons of mounting options (variable spaced holes)
Lots of mounting screws included (threaded for washers, self-tapping, and rubber grommets)
Multiple adapter cables included for power
The fan itself is a high quality unit
Multiple LED color options (this is blue, but red, and white exist, or no LEDs at all)

Cons: Can't think of any. The price is reflective of the quality you get. Maybe the one con is that it'd take some modding to try and get the 230x30mm model in my case? =)

Other Thoughts: There are not a huge number of options for Corsair 650D owners for the front 200mm fan, and the stock fan is somewhat loud at full speed, and a little flimsy.
The BitFenix Spectre Pro is quieter at its full 12v speed, and still moves more air than the stock Corsair fan. A lot of thought was put into this fan, and the packaged accessories and it shows.


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Date Joined: 07/14/01

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