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GIGABYTE GA-H81.Amp-UP LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Almost a year and runs great! 08/23/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H81.Amp-UP LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -stable, reliable, and looks cool with the green LEDs
-recognizes my 2x2gb Patriot Sector 5 1600mhz ram and my 2x4gb Kingston 1866mhz Hyper X T1 ram
-frequent updates on Gigabyte's website
-sounds great with Hi-Res 192khz recordings
-excellent sound quality from ALC898 chip for less than $100

Cons: -USB DAC power option does not work in BIOS
(USB DAC power feature enables or disables the power for the USB DAC connector on the back panel to provide only the audio signal if your DAC runs on an external power supply. This improves the sound quality)

It could also be an issue with my DAC's USB connection (using Arcam irDac)

-sound could be too "clean" or "accurate" for some who prefer a warmer, colored sound

-does not tolerate poorer recordings (MP3s, etc.)

Other Thoughts: Running latest BIOS and no issues. I think the negative reviews indicate an incompatibility between this board and newer Intel chips. I'm using an i3 that came out last year. Upgrading to newer BIOS is the solution. Gigabyte should have included a way to upgrade the BIOS externally, but that is a feature I've seen on higher end mobos.

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BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87W LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Stable, reliable, but lacking some basic features 10/30/2013

This review is from: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87W LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -4 fan system fan headers
-debug led displays cpu temperature

Cons: -no option in BIOS to control system fan speeds
-audio quality not the best (ALC898 is much better)
-My heatsink blocked the top pci-e x1 slot

Other Thoughts: The biggest gripe about this motherboard is the inability to control your system fan speeds. Basically, your system fans run at full speed all the time. Only cpu fan has fan control option. My fans are very quiet and my system is almost inaudible even with 4 fans, but for users with high RPM fans I suggest you get a fan controller. Also, the audio quality is not as good compared to ALC898 on my other motherboard. Everything else works great; no major issues so far.

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LIAN LI PC-9NB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Good features and quality materials but lacks of care in assembly 10/17/2013

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-9NB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -sleek, modern looking
-extremely light for a mid-tower case due to rail-mount design
-excellent build quality
-rubber anti-vibration grommets for fans, power supply, side panels, and hard drives
-ability to mount up to 5 fans
-ability to change orientation of hard drive cage
-quiet fans

Cons: -many scratches on inside of case
-pre-installed standoffs and no tools included to remove them
-small heatsink motherboard cut-out (had to remove my motherboard to install cooler back plate)
-many sharp edges (partially shredded my Corsair flat cables)
-lacks room behind motherboard tray to hide cables
-generally poor cable management
-lacks 2nd dust filter for 2nd optional 140mm fan
-lacks dust filter for side panel fans
-only two fans included

Other Thoughts: Initially I thought my case was an open box item due to the many visible scratches on the inside and the pre-installed motherboard standoffs. Newegg told me the case was brand new so I suspect it is was the lack of care at their assembly plant. The exterior was flawless, so I did not RMA it. As for the motherboard standoffs, they are extremely difficult to remove and no tools were included to remove them, Lian Li should have allowed the builder to install the standoffs themselves, it would've saved the them and the builder a lot of time. My motherboard was slightly smaller than the pre-installed stand offs, so I just used the holes that were available and did not bother removing the other standoffs. My last Lian Li case (PC-7B Plus II) was flawless inside and out. Disappointed to see Lian Li dropping in quality control.

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Display Name: Chen J.

Date Joined: 11/26/08

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 01/28/09
  • Last Review: 08/23/14
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