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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Can't go wrong with a Gigabyte board 02/16/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Cheap for an X99 board, yet still have a fantastic amount of features. Love the UEFI on it, overclock is nice and organized with this board. Gigabyte boards have a distinctive quality about them that you can feel when handling them.

Cons: Had to update BIOS before I could do anything, it wouldnt even let me go above 30% GPU usage on a 980 without updating bios from the revision 1 that it comes with. Once I updated bios to v6, the latest version, it reboots 25% of the time on startup in order to get into windows, and then resets my OC everytime it does that random hard reset. Incredibly annoying. Not that this matters too much, but the board is not exactly the aesthetic center piece of your rig, quite bland.

Other Thoughts: Other than that BIOS bug, this board is great.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW)  High Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Provides excellent cooling for my 5820K running 4.2 - 1.25V, maxing out at ~72 in Aida64. It comes with far more accessories and attachments than you will ever need. Very easy to install and fits just fine in my Corsair Carbide Spec 03

Cons: The only thing I can think of is the hoses are very stiff, making them very difficult to work with like pushing them up to put a GPU in your top PCIe lane.

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EVGA 04G-P4-2980-KR GeForce GTX 980 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Realistically, it is a great card, there is nothing wrong with this card. The reference cooler is fine for Maxwell chips. I love the back plate as well as the 4GB buffer

Cons: Here is my only beef, and I am not going to take off eggs for it because I sort of knew what I was getting into. I am coming from a 780Ti, which is faster clock for clock than a 980, I had my 780Ti running at 1300Mhz which is slightly faster than a 980 running at ~1400Mhz, which is what I am running this 980 at. So basically, it was not worth the "sidegrade" from a 780Ti. If the 780Ti had 4GB instead of 3GB, it would be the winner IMO. The only thing the 980 has going for it is the 4GB.

Other Thoughts: Fantastic card, but a 780Ti for 140$ less, which there are a couple of on Newegg, is a much better option. I am still using my Classified 780Ti in my primary rig, and my 980 in my secondary rig because of the difference in performance, especially in the games I play, Arma 3, and DayZ. Keep in mind this only applies to super high clocked 780Ti's, like 1250Mhz and up.

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Curtiss W.'s Profile

Display Name: Curtiss W.

Date Joined: 09/01/12

  • Reviews: 34
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  • First Review: 09/07/12
  • Last Review: 02/16/15
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