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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It has a lot of expansion capabilities. With 8 slots for memory and quad channel, you can do a lot!
The heat sinking can really help you maintain system temps if you know how it works. Using top case fans aligned with the heat sinks keeps the system temp low while liquid cooling on the CPU pretty much removes the rest (the graphics card being carried away from top venting). I'm running around 39~43 at full load.
The voltage protection is great for fooling around with overclocking when you have to screw with your memory voltage. For the people complaining about 3D overclock and other utilities not working, the complaints are a bit give and take. Yes, if they include the utilities, they should work. But seriously, if you're buying a higher end motherboard, you should KNOW how overclocking works, otherwise buy a lower end board and use the cheap utilites with a slider bar.
I'm using an i7 4960X, posted first boot no problems. XMP works perfectly.
Cons: The BIOS gui is pretty terrible. It doesn't always recognize the mouse, so you'll likely be using the keyboard half the time. This isn't a big deal to me because that's how BIOSes have been since I started building my own computers. That being said, navigating a BIOS with certain features meant to be used with a mouse can be a pain.
There is an issue with the reports that come straight from the motherboard. When overclocked, the clock speed is incorrectly reported by windows. I get the feeling windows is only grabbing the static information from the CPU instead of from the system. Not a biggie.
The board fan power plugs are in very strange places and they are not very well labeled. This can be an issue if you're setting up water cooling, as you don't want an increase of heat speeding up the speed of the flow of coolant circulation instead of the fan speed on the actual radiator. If you go this route, make sure you use a hardware monitoring program to make sure you have them set correctly or you'll have overheating issues
Other Thoughts: A lot of the 1 eggers are complaining of bad boards. I can understand that being frustrating and to great lengths, a unacceptable. But expecting that a manufacturing company have a 0% lemon rate is ludicrous.
Another thing to note. This board has TWO revisions. A v1.0 and a v1.1. You want the v1.1, you can see it stamped on the board.
Biggest thing to keep in mind. You absolutely MUST MUST MUST have a high wattage PSU. The LGA2011 sockets have a minimum 80W cpu and most are 130W. Have inadequate wattage is going to give you never ending headaches and can be difficult to figure out, leaving you thinking it might be the board, when really you are tapping out when the cpu load gets high (especially when you toss in a high end gaming graphics card).
This review is from: ASUS P5N-T Deluxe LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: The AI overclock will do the trick for new OC'ers. It's not as good as doing it manually, but if you're looking to get more out of your CPU without potentially screwing up everything or spending hours fiddling, you're in luck. The board is set up pretty well and everything fits alright (the SATA ports were made to be accessible in the case of 3-way SLi). The board stays pretty cool (57 C with a 20% overclock an upgraded fan). I don't recommend the board simply because it has a high rate of initial failure (had to RMA the board once. Success on the second try with no set backs on the second go). If ASUS had made it a little less finicky before shooting into the market, it would have made an AMAZING board. Sadly, they dropped the ball on this one.
Cons: RMA'd the first time. If you're getting a board that has the 1001 bios, you'll find you have trouble with certain CPUs (especially the Q6600). You'll need a floppy drive to flash to the newest BIOS before it works. That being said, it was stupid of ASUS to put it out before making sure it was compatible with all the CPUs the board was made for (a Quad-Core mobo that doesn't support all Quad-Core CPUs? Stupid right?). The SATA ports can be a pain if you don't have a spacey case. Because they're oriented horizontally instead of vertically (vertical being you push the cable straight down into the port to install and horizontal meaning parallel to the case wall), if you have a smaller sized case, you'll find yourself wondering if you got the cable plugged in securely. Also, it's a pain cuz you can't see the ports 100% dead on (since they're horizontal). The included SoundMAX software SUCKS, don't use it. Watch out, the board is fickle with BIOS updates.
Other Thoughts: My board has been working since the RMA (replaced, not fixed). I have a Q9300 OC'd to 3.2 Ghz and it runs smooth with no hangs or BSOD. Not a bad board once you get everything working together but it's a HUGE pain to get it there.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Gear Head AU4000U USB Connector Circumaural USB Stereo Headset with Microphone
Pros: The timbre of the sound is very good. I was surprised at how good they sounded for the price I paid. The nice this is if you have fairly big ears, the pads are fair sized so your ears don't get squished to your head and cause headaches. The pads are comfy and the mic captures a good quality voice even if it isn't in front of your face. The controls are straight forward and simplistic so even technically illiterate people can use it. The headset is light and made of pretty sturdy plastic. This can be problematic in the long run, we'll find out.
Cons: The blinking light is ANNOYING. It's incredibly bright and serves no purpose but to blink (I suppose to tell you it's plugged in, but it doesn't change with increase/decrease of volume, mute, or button press). That being said, these earphones are LOUD. I have my volume set on my computer at 2 lines from the bottom and it's just about right. The buttons control only the system volume. It doesn't control application volume (for example, if you're in iTunes, it doesn't change the volume of iTunes but the Windows volume). The volume can be changed quickly by holding one of the volume buttons for over 1 sec (nice but who needs it when you've got a mute button?). Aside from the clunky quick control box, it's a nice setup for the price. I recommend it for any gamer strapped for cash or a person new to the headset scene.READ FULL REVIEW