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Pros: Pros: Makes a huge difference on a 2560x1600 monitor, especially with a working PCIE 3.0 bus (which means the latest i7 22nm process CPUs). With PCIE 3.0 enabled and an Ivy Bridge-E CPU, Metro Last Light is actually playable at 2560x1600.
Cons: If you have a Sandy Bridge-E CPU and an X79 Chipset based motherboard, this card will not default to PCIE 3.0 because NVidia has limited the speed. You need a latest revision Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge-E CPU to be able to use PCIE 3.0 with this (or any newer) NVidia GPU. Note that with a later revision Sandy Bridge-E CPU (we're talking about the 6 core CPUs here) you need to run a special program from NVidia to FORCE PCIE 3.0 support. Earlier model Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are not stable in PCIE 3.0 mode. With an Ivy Bridge-E CPU it just works. With 4k HD displays there is a serious improvement with PCIE 3.0, otherwise, it doesn't matter as much; see the "other thoughts"
Other Thoughts: The deal is this. All of the people in this review series that are complaining about 780GTX not working in their system are really having a problem with the BIOS on their main boards. Especially Gigabyte users, and X79 chipset users were very hard hit. If the PCIE bus was not set to LEGACY mode for the PCIE ADD-IN BIOS boot order, then you have to put ANOTHER video card in the system, change the BIOS settings, and put the 708GTX back in the computer. (I had to do this as I upgraded from an HD7970.) Recently, the BIOS updates have started to flow, but it took a while for many of the vendors to fix this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: So, the this unit has everything you'd expect. The cables for the plugin components are sturdy, and it can clearly a huge number of connections.
The more interesting thing about this PSU is that while rated at 1000watts, it's barely using 550watts in my system during peak usage.
What I've noticed is that the prior PSU was close to its maximum rates wattage. This means that the efficiency was not really there, and that lack of efficient power conversion from 120v to 3.3,5,12 volts was t being given off as HEAT.
So, with the installation of this PSU, the temperature dropped 8 degrees in the room my gamer is in!
It was simply a guess that not taxing the PSU would result in less loss of efficiency, but the lack of generation of heat was a total surprise.
Cons: None for now, we'll see how it holds up.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Supports LGA 2011 CPUs, intergrated Creative Labs X-FI sound, tons of Intel SATA II and 2 - SATA III connections, 4 Marvel based SATA III connections, Fresco USB 3.0, UFI and EFI BIOS options, and more. Overclocking features are fantasic, as are the multiple BIOSes and the ability to easily selected between them.
Cons: The biggest gripe with this motherboard is that it Gigabyte has not been updating the drivers or the Firmware. The Intel Storage firmware (OROMs) are a full revision behind with the iRST (11.5) and server revisions out of date with the RST Enterprise (3.2). Additionally, the drivers for the X-Fi sound a about 2 years out of date, but check with Creative for updates. Of course, Creative lists the embedded sound controller as "undetected." Generally, Gigabyte has done a poor job supporting this board.
Other Thoughts: I really want to love this board. It has everything you could want in a decent workstation. However, stability is not there, and this is likely becuase of storage firmware related issues. Running tests, I've updated the firmware to include the Intel 12.6 Storage OROM, and my machine has run stabilly ever since. It took me a YEAR to get this motherboard to run stable in a RAID 0 configuration, which it is designed to do. I've litterally had to restore the system from backups no less than 10 times. Not what you'd expect from Gigabyte. [Yes, many posts have been made about this in their support forums.]READ FULL REVIEW