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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The board seems reasonably well made and the layout is fine. I like the "ultra durable" feature, which has turned out well for several other systems I have or have had.
Power consumption and heat are very low for the processing power, total power at idle is less than 50 watts with an I7 6700K CPU.

Cons: Unless you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, this board will cause you a lot of pain. Windows 7 in the UEFI mode is extremely difficult to install and requires you to edit DVD images, find and insert driver files and jump through hoops. Beware! I'm 35 - 40 hours into this and still can't get a NMVe boot drive working. (OK for a regular SSD.)
The BIOS on my board does not match the manual, and it turns into a guessing game. For example, there is no labeled "CSM" mode for UEFI mode.

Other Thoughts: I can usually get a motherboard assembled and working in half an hour, and get basic Windows installed in under 20 minutes. Because I hate Win 8, and simply won't tolerate the spying of Win 10, I wanted to stay with Win 7. This, plus the Samsung 950 Pro drive has dealt me a great deal of pain.

I should have purchased an AMD 990FX board and a FX-4350 CPU. I would be at least $400 better off and I would have saved 40 - 50 hours of my time. I was not looking for a hobby.

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Foxit PhantomPDF Standard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Very poor user interface 04/11/2014

This review is from: Foxit PhantomPDF Standard

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Awful user interface. Shows half screen vertically at startup and has to be resized EVERY TIME, extremely annoying. Won't save changes in preferences, so it cannot be customized in any way. Vendor support Web page has a major glitch, cannot submit a trouble ticket. Etc., etc.

The program is not usable to me in its default configuration, so I have not tried the PDF creation functions.

Other Thoughts: I was using their free Reader application and after some effort was able to customize the user interface so that it is usable. No such luck with PhantomPDF.

The program has all sorts of "features" such as PDF reading, "Trust Manager, OCR, etc. But these are essentially useless because the basic program interface does not work.

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Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Just wanted a USB headset 01/30/2012

This review is from: Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset

Pros: Works OK

Cons: You have to install the piece of junk Microsoft "chat" application to get it to work. My daughter does not want to "chat", she wants a USB headset to listen to music and to record training material.

This is like having to install Microsoft Office to use a mouse. Utter nonsense.

Why?

Other Thoughts: Typical Microsoft nonsense (I had a better term but Newegg censored it). Arrogance and contempt on parade.

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Display Name: Gary S.

Date Joined: 11/16/06

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 11/05/09
  • Last Review: 12/01/15
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