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Pros: Performance per Watt
New technologies that are at least cool by design; I can't say I can stress it being limited to 1080p setups only
3dmark11 P score is 14,400+ using a stock-clocked i7-4790K (GTX 980 also stock)
Reference design cooler on this specific model is familiar and that's still a good thing - I haven't seen GPU temp exceed 60C yet doing 3dmark11 & Unigine Heaven benchmarks
Cons: None, I DID get mine for free!
Other Thoughts: I attended the Nvidia Game24 event in Indianapolis and fate would have it that I won a Maingear rig with this beauty of a graphics card.
The Nvidia representative told me I'm one of the first consumers to get their hands on this card - and even if I wasn't I have to say I LOVE this graphics card. Great step up from the not-even-aged GTX 760 2GB that I now need to find a new home for
Pros: Z97 Chipset ITX board
Great build quality
Good amount of SATA ports for the size of board
Simple, frills-free packaging
Overall I got this as a board to overclock with. Currently I've only ran it with the following:
Corsair Obsidian 250D w/ CX600M PSU
ASRock Z97M-ITX/ac ITX Motherboard
Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell-R 3.3GHz-3.7GHz CPU on stock HSF
8GB Patriot DDR3-1866 DDR3-RAM Dual-Channel
2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 760
Raid0 OCZ Agility 3 SSD (2x120GB)
2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 bit
Cons: The I/O shield is plain jane. I hate to put it down for this but it's not my style - I prefer the matte "coated" I/O shields. This is one frill I like since I love to show off my case(s)
Another gripe is with the I/O shield and how the Wireless Antenna's attach - I had difficulties only owning one pair of pliers trying to properly secure the antenna's in place
Other Thoughts: Overall it is very much worth the money. If I had cared enough about the I/O shield to steer away from this board then I would've.
For what the board offers I would go out on a wimb and say for getting the Z97 chipset this may be the best bang for the buck.
I just ordered the Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU today with the intentions of using the current i5-4590 on a seperate (EVGA Hadron) build in the future, and OC'ing the G3258 on this board.
Since this is a Z97 board in a form factor growing increasingly popular, I will gladly be posting Overclocking results when the chip arrives.
Pros: It offers some pretty good tech specs for the price, it seems like. But you are NOT getting what you pay for according to the item description as it is right now (21FEB2013). See cons/other thoughts.
Cons: It's Refurbished - BUT THIS IS FINE in reality, I knew when I purchased it.
Build quality = The overall construction is good but there was a loose screw moving around on the inside of the case.
GT 640M LE 1GB = this model's graphics card. Not even in the same league as the GT 650M 2GB as advertised, VERY disappointed!
Other Thoughts: I contacted Lenovo prior to purchasing this to find out if the advertised 650M had GDDR3 or GDDR5, and they told me this model comes with the GT 650M with GDDR5 memory. Well, that's obviously not the case.
I have already addressed the issue with NewEgg customer support, and they estimate I will hear back from them within 1-3 business days as to what could have happened with the misinformation on this order.
I hope NewEgg makes it right - I purchased this with the intention of a "Grade-A" graphics card and instead got a "Grade-C". I've no doubt the 640M LE will perform tasks fine, but not everything I need for it to do.
I'll come back with another review after any attempt for resolution is complete, or after the 3 business days to report anything that comes my way.
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