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5 out of 5 eggs The motherboard and memory combination worked well. Built the system, booted it up without any problems, enabled XMP memnory profile and everyshing worked flawlessly. I used an M2 SSD as the boot dr 05/29/2016

This review is from: MB GIGABYTE | GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE RT Configurator

Pros: Building a PC with components that do not play well together can lead to hours of troubleshooting and frustration. This combination was well thought out and works well.

Cons: The 4 TB hard drive slows system boot-up. This is not a problem unless one wants a system that boots instantly. The boot device needs to be an SSD or, better yet, an M2 drive.

Other Thoughts: I like the Gigabyte motherboards - particularly the OC series. These motherboards have proven themselves to be excellent performers.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed 6700K processor, 32 gb of G.Skill memory, M2 SSD, 980TI and a couple of hard drives and optical drives. Powered the system up, installed OS and everything worked without any issue. Ran demanding benchmarks and games. Everything works. No spooky reboots or blue screens. I'm impressed.

Cons: No bugs. Did not use the Easy-Tune software that is provided - really do not need it.
Documentation is not easy to read. Using an M2 drive (depending on which one is used) will turn off a SATA port. The exact port is listed in an obscure chart. I figured this out when one hard drive would not appear in BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I've used the Gigabyte OC boards with the 1166 and 1150 processors. They all worked well after lots of setup time and effort. This board is a large improvement over the previous models. Might take advantage of the installed water-cooling connections on the MB and install a full water-cooling system.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR 6GB SC+ GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Flawless, zero problem install. Totally plug-and-play. Nvidia drivers downloaded from the net (disc also provided but was not needed) and everything was configured within minutes. 02/13/2016

This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR 6GB SC+ GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card

Pros: Fast, fast card. Very quiet and cannot be heard above normal case fan noise. Ran benchmark tests and any fan noise form the card was not noticeable.

Cons: No downsides.

Other Thoughts: Recommended to anyone who wants a zero-problem top-self 980 TI.


Louis B.'s Profile

Display Name: Louis B.

Date Joined: 12/07/09

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 12/25/09
  • Last Review: 05/29/16
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