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GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Mixed results: Mostly RAM and Wake issues. 09/13/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's pretty, it has lots of wonderful ports. It takes my CPU.

Cons: I load this up with 64GB of DDR3 1600 from day one, and it has some stability issues. I'm using non aggressive, normal, even 'stable' settings in their later BIOS.

If they could fix the wake from sleep issues I have, that'd be a plus.
If I put it in sleep, i quite often have an issue where the bios corrupts and will infinite loop, no bios screen. I have to power off and it tells me it's reloading bios from the backup. This is distressing and sometimes a daily occurrence.
I'd like Gigabyte to contact me if possible. Thanks.

Other Thoughts: I'm street smart AND book smart. I have my degree in Maryland from UMBC in CIS Systems Analysis/Design and a concentration in Networking, a respectable 3.44 avg, sadly non IT classes had to be taken.
I've done PC builds for 20 years, and THIS is the main stickler, Thankfully i've been lucky it's never been for a customer like this.
This is probably the first motherboard i've really hated.

I7 3930K
This board.
64GB of this, some of the best rated memory ON NEWEGG!!!
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Upgraded recently from a Raptor to a Samsung 1TB SSD.
Issues haven't changed.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDR2000100 (Black)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a 9mm tall drive. The internal drive is the M9T.
I use these to upgrade PS4's hard drives.
As of the 1.71 firmware update from SONY for the PS4 it's been working perfectly.
Earlier than that their firmware did not support the drive for some reason.
It also works great in compatible notebooks as well, I will probably make it the third drive in my Dell Precision 6600 soon.

Cons: I can only get the external drive from Newegg and not the internal only.

Hyperkin RetroN 5 Gaming  Console - (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Pretty Great 06/29/2014

This review is from: Hyperkin RetroN 5 Gaming Console - (Black)

Pros: Excellent video output. The ability to toggle Scanline generation is great, most games look best with them on and it helps the scaling effects look better IMHO. The included controller is rounder than it looks and though there is little travel in the buttons THEY ARE MICROSWITCH. So, they are quality buttons. The control stick reminds me of the Neo Geo CD or the old Atari 7800 redux controller Atari released towards it's end. This is ALSO microswitch. It's better than it looks for shooters.
Controller ports work great, assigning controllers default maps is awesome, too much great things here to name, all working great.

Cons: The carts are a bit tough to pull out in the beginning. They go in fine, i recommend pulling out slow and steady without placing any back and forth force on it, you probably will break something that way, your fault. Does not have standard USB port to hook in pc devices or a pc cd/dvd rom to play SEGA CD games, that would have been a nice option.

Other Thoughts: I like this thing, i like it ALOT.

It brings all of your old home games up to the video quality of an arcade machine. If you have a large LCD/Plasma then it looks like an arcade display now!!!
No video lag, no issues i've seen and i'm a discerning jerk most of the time to behonest. I spend weeks calibrating my new TV's to the right white level and to my liking, pretty much a perfectionist jerk sometimes , i'll openly admit it.,
This box is mostly all I could ask for.


John W.'s Profile

Display Name: John W.

Date Joined: 10/21/05

  • Reviews: 32
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 01/01/06
  • Last Review: 09/13/15
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