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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 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

4 out of 5 eggs Full featured motherboard 11/02/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The GA-X99-UD4 is a full featured motherboard that offers 4 way SLI or Crossfire and quad channel memory. This is a solid feeling motherboard. It is one of the heavier ones I have used. I installed all the components and selected a CoolerMaster Hyper212 EVO HSF. There was plenty of clearance for the RAM. There would be no issues if you chose to populate all eight slots. I only used 4 slots with a 4x4GB set of G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400. Gigabyte includes a great selection of software to bring out all of the features of this motherboard. The Easytune software offered several options for overclocking. I selected the extreme setting in Easytune. It made all the changes and had the I7-5820k running at 4.20GHz without issue. I was able to manually get the processor up to a 4.4 GHz overclock. I have had no issues using this machine everyday with the Easytune 4.20GHz overclock in place.

Cons: The con with this motherboard is the bios. The UEFI bios allows you to use the mouse but mouse movements are awkward. The mouse jumps and will only move in one axis at a time. I could not move the mouse in a diagonal path. I quickly abandon the mouse went with the classic view and just used the keyboard to navigate and make my changes. Be sure to update the bios. When I first powered on the system, I was able to get into the bios. I made some changes and then rebooted. I was not able to get back into the bios using the delete key. I had to cold boot the system and then I was able to get into the bios settings. The second issue I found was that I was unable to boot the system with a USB memory stick plugged in while using the F8 bios. I upgraded to version F9C and then had no issues getting into the bios from a warm boot or booting from a USB stick. Gigabyte has issued several bios updates since launch so they are working on the issues.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard has a ton of features: 10 SATA 6GB/s ports along with 2 m2 ports so you can have msata ssd and a wifi card. The onboard sound card compares very well to the external cards I normally use. Gigabyte included LED lighting for the back panel and I/O shield. You can have it on or off, set it to pulse or follow the beat of the music or sound being played. It is a neat feature but since most machines sit under a desk or face a wall, hardly anyone will ever see it.

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NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Extender 10/05/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition

Pros: Easy to install and connect
Good Range for 802.11N
Solid connections
Small and does not stand out when plugged in
Only takes up one outlet, leaving the second outlet free for other plugs.
Works good for extending your network to areas that would be hard to run a network cable to

Cons: Nothing to mention

Other Thoughts: Opened the box, plugged it in and followed the directions. Connected via wireless on my laptop. Joined it to my wireless network. I was then able to connect my laptop with faster transmission speeds. I was could stream movies without issue. I have an older home with many dead spots. I was able to use this to eliminate a dead spot in two rooms on the second floor of my house.

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SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good sounding headphones 08/12/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset

Pros: The 5Hv3 are a light feeling good sounding set of headphones. I tried these out playing games, listening to music and for voice over IP phone calls. They performed well in all situations. The ear cups are soft and padded and did a good job of sealing around my ears and blocking out ambient noise. The microphone is stowed in the left earcup and pulls out easily. It is flexible and will stay put in whatever position you bend it to. The attached cord has two 3.5mm plugs for mic and headphones. There is an inline volume control and mic mute switch. There are two cable extensions that are included. One is 7ft long and is the extension for the 3.5mm plugs for mic and headphones. The second cable is a shorter 5 inch cable for use with cell phones and portable devices. Without extensions the headphone cable is about 4 feet long. The head band is adjustable and expands easily. The earcups are mounted so that they can pivot to conform to your head's shape.

Cons: The 5Hv3 lacked punch on the low end. When playing games, explosions did not have the deep bass sound you would expect. When listening to music, I adjusted the EQ on my sound card but that did not add a lot. The bass was muddy.

Other Thoughts: The sound quality was very good and it made for a very immersive experience when gaming. I could hear footsteps clearly when players were running or walking. When using the microphone, I had to add a little bit of gain via the Windows control panel. After doing this, no one had any problems hearing me on conference calls or while talking to my teammates playing games. If there was more bass, this would be my favorite gaming headphones.

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