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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nothing of note. Maybe the overclocking capabilities if the board lasted long enough to try them.

Cons: First board died after three days of use. Second board died after a staggering three hours of use.

Other Thoughts: First purchased this board in December 2012. Installation went fine. Three days later the board died. Went through the RMA process with Newegg and received my second board a couple of weeks later. Three hours after installation the board is dead again.
Funny thing is that I haven't been doing anything intensive when the boards have died. First time I was watching a stream on Netflix. Second time it died I was opening photo editing software. I was excited to get this board due to the overclocking abilities, but I can't comment on them because I never got a chance to use them.
I've used Gigabyte a few times in the past and had no problems with them. I can confidently say that I'm through with them. My previous build was a competing manufacturer. I should have listened to my inner voice and stuck with them.
Gigabyte, please get your stuff together. You've made good products in the past. Where did you go wrong here???

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Thermaltake CLP0600 92mm Contact 21 CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Good, but installation is a pain 12/21/2012

This review is from: Thermaltake CLP0600 92mm Contact 21 CPU Cooler

Pros: Whisper quiet fan. Has kept my processor very cool under heavy load so far. Also like the option of being able to add a second fan if I want to in the future.

Cons: Installation could be tremendously easier!
I've used TT products for over a decade now. I've been a satisfied customer this entire time. This unit, however, makes me want to consider switching to another brand.
What were they thinking when they designed this? I shouldn't need three hands to install a CPU fan. I understand making sure the surface stay tight together, but they could have done the same thing with springs that compress easier. Get your stuff together TT!

Other Thoughts: Like other reviewers, only recommend this for a new build. I wouldn't recommend this to novice builders either. I've been building PCs for 17 years and this has to be the most difficult installation for a CPU fan ever!

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Jonathan R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan R.

Date Joined: 03/08/07

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 12/21/12
  • Last Review: 01/11/13
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