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Pros: Another super high quality piece from Gigabyte. I’ve come to expect nothing but the best from them as I’ve used their main boards for YEARS and have had almost no issues with them. They have EXCELLENT quality control and it shows with this board. No issues at all POSTing and it detected all of my RAM fine with the correct speeds (I could even over clock if I wanted too, but didn’t feel the need). I had to borrow a CPU from my buddy and (a 4GHz i7) I pretty much built a gamer / cad box (32GB RAM, 500GB Sammy SSD, etc). This mother board is beautiful and built very stout! The layout is excellent for multiple video cards and it has this very minimal look to it, which I really like! This board will look awesome if you have a windowed case! Typical 3 year warranty with Gigabyte is great! Even after all these years they have not skimped out on warranty. That means that they stand behind their products, whether it is a high end board like this, or a SOHO main board, they build a good product. I easily keep them in my top 3 makers of main boards. I almost exclusively use them, since they have been so solid and reliable. I also like that there is a good amount of room by the CPU. I used a water cooler, but if you had a larger tower type air cooler, you would have plenty of room to spare. It was nice to see a detail like this as it gives the end user more options for cooling. The passive heat sinks on the board are also a nice touch. With SSD prices dropping the dual M.2 slots will come in hand for folks that want to build a super clean look inside. You could drop in two SSD’s and never have to bother with cables. Talk about tidy and super fast at the same time. Another thing that I like is how easy it is to see the headers on this board. Some boards are hard to tell what panel cable goes where… And this board is easy to read the polarity and type. I like that. Speaking of easy… The sata connections are all up front which makes for a clean look, just make sure that you have adequate space for the cables to come out. USB C is on this board as well, which will make use of future devices and assure one that it will last for a few years.
Cons: : I really cannot think of too many. The sata cables come out the side, so depending on what kind of case you have, this might be an issue. I tried this board in two Antec cases (an older NSK and Solo) and they both required some maneuvering to get the cables to look right and not get all smashed. The only other thing that I can think of is bandwidth if using more than one video card (think SLI) the PCIe lanes are not all x16, so you’ll lose a little bandwidth if you load up on multiple video cards. Having said that, I believe that 99% of people are not running more than one video card. Even with these cons, I'm not going to knock any eggs off, since this is still a really great main board!
Other Thoughts: This is a good looking solidly built mother board for a great price. If you have never looked at Gigabyte before, DO SO! You will not be unhappy with your purchase. They make things nice and easy and stable. Their drives install in one fell swoop and they have a solid 3 year warranty. I have some Gigabyte boards that are almost 7 years old and are sill ticking away. If you have a computer case with a window, this board will look fantastic! The mother board is, in my opinion, the most important part of a system build, so do not cheap out, get something good like this one! And, also, do not forget to feed this baby nice clean power! Get a good power supply as well! I am sure that anyone that purchases this board will walk away with a smile and a know that they made a excellent purchase!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Let me start of by saying that this device is worth EVERY PENNY! Excellent packaging, nothing bloated, packed well. Everything that is needed comes with it. Small cat5 patch, wall mounting hardware and desktop stand. Very good quality power brick, you can tell that it will last a while, unlike a lot of other cheap wall warts. Looks good I think. Fastest setup I've ever messed with. I had this thing up in 3 minutes. ANY ONE CAN SET THIS THING UP! I cannot stress that enough. This thing is dead simple, but if you want to log into the console via web there are a plentiful amount of options that even a power user like myself will enjoy. Very strong wireless signal, much more powerful that I thought it would be. I would compare this to some enterprise level AP's. Excellent online community. You can learn a LOT of what this device can do by heading over to the Securifi web forums. VERY easy to setup, depending on what you need. Router, 3 minutes, AP, 3 minutes, Range Extender, 3 minutes. I honestly can't stress enough how fast you can deploy this thing. It works that well! I would feel confidant to give this device to one of my parents and I'd easily be able to walk them over the phone as to how to get it rolling. But... A power user will still find PLENTY of fun things to do on this device. I mean, you can bridge over multiply interfaces, create new interfaces depending on which LAN port you want has Application-level gate way rules, active and static internal routes... All kinds of fun things if you have some decent networking experience. I was impressed!
Cons: Initial manual is lacking, since there really isn't anything. But honestly you just plug this thing in and wait a few minutes and then it's up. Answer some questions and you're golden. I honestly can't think of too many negative or cons to this device. It's that good. Price is sort of high, but you get what you pay for.
Other Thoughts: Like most high end routers, this one has some nice things built it. Home automation for one. I did not get a chance to check it with any sensors, but I have no doubt that it be hard to get going. Adding rules "if this then that" was very easy to setup and implement. The advanced setting in this device is a BEAST. OpenWRT will keep you busy for hours and there are TONS of options. That is the best part about this device, is that you can keep things SUPER simple and have a nice protected wireless network up and running in 3 minutes or you can play with lots of other stuff if you are a power user. Mount points, FTP/Samba shares, DMZ, port forwarding, VPN's, etc... It's all here and you can really get this thing to do magic if you know what you are doing with networking. This will now be my "go to" device to recommend for small business, friends and family. Time will tell how Home Automation works out. I still think that there is a long way to go to get things to become more main-stream. And whether this device will still play nice with that. There may be people out there that will go in to thinking that this device will do all their home automation needs and it may not. So make sure that you do your homework. I hope that they release more apps for the device, I like to glance over and look at the weather or time, I think that is neat. I have this device in my hallway and it looks nice. Using it now for almost a month I'm more than happy and will continue to put it through its paces.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cooler looks pretty neat I think, but might not be everyone's "cup of tea" so to speak. Packaging and instructions were good, easy to understand and get started right away. Had everything that you could possibly need to get it mounted. 3 year warranty is always a nice thing to see, let's hope I don't need to use it anytime soon. I installed this in an old (but great) Antec Solo case. Socket 1150 main board. No issues. I've been running this cooler with an i7, good results for over 30 days. Much cooler and almost silent operation under normal desktop usage (web browsing, documents, etc) which was expected. The color of the cooler matched some of the other junk inside my case. But alas, I have no case window so no one will ever know what it looks like, so even with the cool illumination, I'll never see it... Still a nice touch. I think this thing would look great in a build where you could see it. Especially with the way it lights up.
Cons: When I fire up GTA5 this baby start to make noise and I can hear a slight rattle coming from it. I've check multiple times to make sure that it was seated properly and it was. Maybe a design flaw? Still seems to do its job however. Having said that, I think other coolers (see Antec and Corsair) have better pumps in them and make no noticeable vibrations. Like other cooling setups in this price range, you will NOT be able to move the tubing around a lot. So, this thing would work best for a mid tower case. If you have a case that might be cramped, look elsewhere... I think that first timers will have issues installing it and may even need a helper. I managed to install it without issue, since I've installed LOTS of different cooling setups. Just take your time and DON'T cross thread anything.
Other Thoughts: : I sort of have mixed thoughts on this product... It does what it is supposed to do but there are a few short comings. There are better coolers on the market, but you will pay significantly more money for them. So depending on your budget, you'll have to figure things out. Having said that, if this thing goes on sale it's a buy. Liquid cooling will make your CPU last a LOT longer and the benefit of quiet computing is fantastic. If you're a gamer, you will probably not be looking at this cooler since there are better ones on the market. But, if you have a limited budget, this thing is worth looking at and probably purchasing. The over-all fit and finish is okay and the fitment of the cooler is pretty easy if you have the right case. I'll continue to use this cooler in one of my secondary rigs to monitor its performance and longevity. I hope that with the way it is built it'll last a few years, but only time will tell. The 3 year warranty tells me that the mfg. has some stake in this product and they must feel like it'll last at least to 3 years, but probably longer.READ FULL REVIEW