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Pros: *PLX Chip (4-way SLI/X-fire support)
Cons: The "Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps" statement/claim by gigabyte is a joke.
Other Thoughts: This is an update to my original "positive" review ...
Been running this board with a 4790k+ 3-way SLI EGVA GTX-770 4Gb's +Corsair RM1000 psu for approx. 16 months without any issue. Then tonight after a little over 1hr of "CPU" intensive gaming I get the dreaded "Pop-Sizzle" sound coming from my PC. I jump up quickly to hit the PS"U switch only to witness "sparks" coming from under the VRM heat-sink. Now while viewing the nice little burn marks on my "spotless" board I get to listen to my wife yell at me @ 1am about the "toxic smell" (I know it's not really toxic but she won't listen) throughout the house.
Thanks Gigabyte! 1st time coming back to you guys after a long 12 years of Asus boards and this is what I get for it.
I know EVERYONE seems to select their Tech Knowledge as "Lvl5/HIGH" which is something we could all scoff at...But I am a Pro-overclocker and Ex-Nvidia employee who now owns a custom PC manufacturing company catering to "select" clientele. This unit was initially built as a showcase/ demo rig shown across the southwest USA . At this point; I am regretting promoting/showing this board as an issue such as this should NEVER occur at OEM clocks/settings.
-VERY long 12V cig. adapter
-Strong suction mount
-Got me a 20% discount on my auto insurance. (that's more than they give for an alarm system)
Cons: -Cheaply made (feels like it's made of paper)
-"Night Vision" range is VERY low (sub 6ft)
-Daytime range ~20-25ft
-Poor instruction manual
--Menu difficult to navigate for non-techies
Other Thoughts: Purchased this 12V cam in an attempt to catch a gas thief.
FYI you only require a 4Gb micro-SD card for 24hrs of footage.
Pros: Great lil' Overclocker
Fun chip to play with
Cons: Nowhere near the performance on the 4970k... but we all know this
Run a tad on the hot side compaired to other chips within this TPD range.
Other Thoughts: Bought this chip purely for fun. Purchased a 4970K for everyday use. Using the Gigabyte Z97X Gaming GT, I was able to hold a "stable" 4.8Ghz @ 1.32vCore (LLC=low). However; do NOT expect to do this using your typical air cooler. I run a Full custom liquid loop (I say "liquid because it's not always "water") with 3x PMP500 pumps and quad (4x) Black Ice GTX-360 rads. "Should" be able to do 4.5Ghz using a "cheapy" H100i self contained LCS easy. Those who say that this chip cannot do 4Ghz+ simply don't know what they're doing.
Fun chip to play with; but not "gaming" standard in any sense of the word. (Especially with modern multi-threaded game titles) So if your looking for a "gaming" grade chip; opt for the i5 4670 (or 4670"K" if you plan on overclocking).