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GIGABYTE GA-X99-GAMING G1 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Performs amazingly, and the board is swift. Lots of goodies in the box, such as an unnecessary amount of SLI cables. Posts incredibly fast, within 10-12 seconds.

System is stable (on v7 BIOS) and I've had zero issues. Running with an 5930K and 32GB of DDR4 (4X 8GB DIMMS), two Samsung 840 Pros and dual GTX 980s. Everything flies, and I've had no issues. Board runs incredibly cool as well.

The Wifi extender also has a magnetic base making it easy to mount and swap around. May not be great if you have a cheap plastic case, but it's an awesome perk!

Cons: The BIOS is horrible. Laggy, slow, poorly laid out and hard to find. Depending on which BIOS you're in entire options are missing (e.g. disable on-board audio).

Everything about the BIOS just seems sloppy, slow and hacked together with no emphasis on UI or usability. Or speed. Or... anything. It's bad. Seriously. UEFI BIOS can be great, but when you long for the days of Phoenix and AMI... that's bad. The BIOS layouts (all three of them) are just a trainwreck to work with. I like Gigabyte, but this BIOS gives me sad kitten face.

Other Thoughts: I installed everything from the included CD, and it crippled my computer. Re-installed Windows. Happened again. After re-installing again, this time without touching Gigabyte's included driver disc, my system was flawlessly stable and without issue.

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NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Great Potential, a Few Flaws 10/25/2014

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: The software included is easy to use, simple to get setup. Supports 6 fans and is painless to install.

Cons: The CAM software (required to use the device) leaves a bit to be desired. Upon launching the software, instead of taking you directly to the fan control it wants you to login and create a cloud profile. That's nice, but oddly unnecessary.

The Cam+ can not control the fans controlled independently. One setting controls all fans, and you don't have much flexibility in the matter.

If you have multiple fans which run at different speeds and sound levels this can make the Grid+ less than ideal. Not a deal breaker, but you really need to configure your fans around the fan controller. It's somewhat counter-productive that you need to build around the Grid+, NOT use the Grid+ to improve your case. The "all or nothing" approach in the software removes a lot of versatility.

Other Thoughts: The fan controller only accepts 3 pin fans. While it does include 2 adapters, this doesn't help if you've got a case full of 4 pin fans (hi!). No worry, you can just buy some fan adapters online. Only, that's oddly much harder than it should be. Finding a basic 4 pin to 3 pin fan cable that's *under* $10 that suits your needs exactly is much more difficulty than it should be. Plenty of Y-cables, multiple inputs. Even my local computer megastore lacked the adapters. Even Nzxt doesn't sell the fan adapters on their site.

Don't get me wrong, you can find the cables, but the pricing and shipping are not entirely in your favor. While I'll admit that it's my fault I didn't look at the fan connections when purchasing it getting the cables needed to convert my fans to work with the Grid+ added another $30 to the cost. Just something to keep in mind.

If they can find a way to implement 4-pin fans AND independent fan controls in the future, along with improving the CAM software, this thing will be killer. As it is, it works well enough on its own, but it's lacks the finesse most other fan controllers on the market.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-GAMING 5 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Aesthetically, this board is killer. The black PCB with a slight tint of red on the heatsinks really stands out. It's built like a brick, and with all the features you could want (and then some). This board comes with every single SLI bridge you could imagine (although it's a little overkill, there's four different SLI bridges).

The board is standard ATX, and fit into two of my cases with no problem (NZXT 440 and Cooler Master HAF 932). The addition of M.2 slots is huge, allowing a massive level of updatability on the board. That aspect alone is enough to make this board stand out amongst the competition.

Board was easy to setup and get going, no tweaks needed. Paired with a GTX 980, the board screamed. Some of the highest benchs I've ever seen (23,000+ Passmark scoring with a Xeon proc). I unfortunately don't have an i7 to test with.

On-board sound is amazing, and far exceeded expectations.

Cons: No board LED post codes (making open-system overclocking and stress testing somewhat harder). Also lacking is a CMOS reset button (useful for tweaking and OCing). Fairly few cons provided you do a BIOS update first.

For a high performance board it lacks a lot of fan header pins, though that can be mitigated with a fan controller, so not a HUGE deal.

Other Thoughts: I didn't get to test the Killer NIC given I've got a Wifi setup. Out of the box, the sheer amount of cables and adapters is impressive (if not overkill). I don't imagine the average gamer is going to go 3-way SLI bridge (or higher). Gigabyte could have shaved off a few dollars on the price by not giving you every SLI bridge known to man. That said, it's a veritable box of awesome with every component you could ever want or need to boost your rig.

Before installing your system, update the BIOS. The stock BIOS I received had some minor freezes and other issues (nothing major) but a BIOS update goes a long way to increase stability and performance.

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