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Pros: This review is for the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 TH. Very attractive board thats mostly black with some subtle gold accents making it an easy fit into any system. I simply love this board I wish I owned a processor to use it fulltime but I had a loaner cpu and ddr4 memory so I was able to play with it for about 10 days. Gigabyte has always produced some of the best motherboards out there and this one is one of them. Able to do crossfire or SLI for your multi graphic card desires. I used my 2 GTX980's system setup was simple and a breeze and the bios had just about everything you need from novice to the overclockers out there. The new pci-e metal shielding give the slots alot of extra support as well as shielding it from the other slots. Onboard PCIE gen 3 M.@ slot for an M.2 ssd is awesome and becoming more standard on alot of boards but it allows for alot faster interface for data at a whopping 32GB/s compared to todays standard ssd's on a sata 6GB/s port thats blazing fast. Onboard as well is a plethora of fan connectors I count 6 total 5 pwm and a single 3 pin header, among the 5 pwm 2 are denoted for cpu so this will allow you to run your AIO pump and fans and control them both via the bios. The High Def Audio was surprisingly clear and crisp when played thru my sound bar or my headphones. Then there's the lighting effect that's on board that also shield it from the rest of the board. Then theres the features Gigabyte is famous for dual bios to help protect you from a bad flash or bios corruption, their 15u gold plated socket for the cpu pins as well as their 2x copper pcb. And last but not least Thunderbolt support most likely the way things are going to go in the near to distant future. All in all a great board by a great company who stands behind their product. I have only had to ever rma one Gigabyte board in my 40+ years of computer building and it went as smooth as silk.
Cons: none what so ever been a great board.
Other Thoughts: What else can be said if your looking to jump into skylake and need TH support GET THIS BOARD its amazing. You can count on Gigabytes dependability and support whenever you need it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
Pros: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is awesome to bad I'm just to old and set in my ways to fully enjoy it. It has everything a gamer should need in an MMO mouse. First off the soft-touch kinda rubberized material coating it makes it feel very nice in your hand. Nice tactile clicks from all buttons. 12 program-able buttons to use for making macros of your moves for your games. 12000 DPI optical sensor for fast response and precise movement. Pretty much fully program-able lighting to make it uniquely your own. The 12 side buttons are as sated fully program-able and even slide front to back to position it exactly where you need/want it, and locks down securely with the included key. Excellent build quality but I expect nothing less from a Corsair product, They have proven time and time again that they make things right and to last, that's why they back it up with a great warranty. I am very pleased with how this mouse performed and it has a very attractive price point. Another point for this is that if you have the RGB keyboard and headphones the included CUE Link software will control all Corsair RGB products.
Cons: OK cons gotta say what I felt here but as I said previously I'm an old gamer and pretty set in my ways and this mouse while great left me a sour taste. So first and foremost why no pre-included macros?? If I understood it correctly this was built with a WoW player assisting in it. So why no WoW macros or any for the popular games out currently, sure one can argue everyone does it different but thats where customization comes in. Secondly NO included instructions on how to make the macros not everyone has the knowledge of how to do this. Thirdly while they tried to make each column of buttons (the 12 on the side) textually different I found it difficult to tell which was which while gaming in a fast paced environment. Fourthly the placement of the 12 side buttons gave me no real place to put my thumb while not needing to use those buttons so I found myself accidentally pressing them while just moving the mouse around.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an awesome product and if I was younger and wanted to reteach myself how to use a mouse I'd be all over it. Great build quality very responsive and accurate great pricing point. Just cant get past those extra buttons that for some may be hard to program and handle due to no place to rest thumb while not using buttons.
Corsair keep up the good work.
This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: The NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender is awesome. Its super easy to setup and go the average Joe/Jane should have no issues using this extender. Come nicely packaged with all parts already installed so its simple plug and play feature will work for everybody. But if you want or need a more advanced setup that option is available to you as well. Supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz freq. Dual cored 1GHz processor to help maximize your wifi performance. This extender can also be used as an access point and with its 5 Ethernet ports you can easily hardwire items in the area of the extender. I dont have a 10,000 sq ft home to test its claim on that but I can say ithout a doubt it covers my whole 2500sqft home and then some I was able to get very respectable service even to the furthest corner of my yard. My wife is happy she no longer suffers from dragging speeds while outside sitting on the porch having a smoke lol. And the DNLA server is awesome as well I have to use DNLA due to my semi smart tv's lack of apps. So anything that is DNLA compatible is a huge plus for me.
Cons: About the only con is the price but truth be told I thinks its worth every penny for how great it is. But some may go a different route due to the cost.
Other Thoughts: If your looking to enhance the strength of your wifi signal throughout your home and tired of fighting your isp for it then this baby is what you need. I work for a major isp as a service technician and I know what people want but due to cost concerns we just cant put equipment in everybody's home with the knowledge they may/will not care for it. One of the reasons they now charge for modem rentals. But I'm off track this will without a doubt solve your range issues due to limited range of just about every wireless modem/router they provide. So again if your looking at improving your homes overall wireless experience dont hesitate this is the product you want/need.READ FULL REVIEW