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This review is from: MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost Pro-606 Gaming Laptop 5th Generation Intel Core i7 5700HQ (2.70 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3 GB GDDR5 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Pros: The packaging was very impressive, you could certainly tell you were unboxing a very quality item. As I took it out of the box, and held it in my hands, I definitely noticed that it was awfully light, so light in fact, that I thought the battery was not installed in it yet, and continued to search for it within the box. This was not the case however, the battery comes already installed and this machine is shockingly light. I then went open the lid of the laptop, which was enough to feel the quality of the machine right there, the quality of the hinges was apparent from opening it one time. I removed all the plastic wrappers from all the surfaces, and pressed the power button, the battery came dead, maybe through some shipping technicality, or it was a goof. Either way, plugged in the charger, and it fired right up. The screen is far better than I was expecting. I had previously owned a 970M GT72 Doninator, and I assumed it was using the same panel, but absolutely not, this one blows it away with its seemingly unlimited viewing angles and amazing colors. I downloaded some games, and being that it has a GTX970m, there was no problem playing BF3/4 and Arma 3 and high or higher settings at 60+ FPS @ 1080p. The speakers are quite above average as well, amazingly loud, and crisp at those high volumes, I am very pleased with the audio.
Cons: Obviously battery life, but you know what you are getting into when you buy a laptop like this. But here is my biggest beef with this laptop, and the only reason I do not absolutely love it. The fans seem to be spinning quite high nearly all the time, it is always quite audible. Just browsing youtube videos it relatively unpleasant because of the noise that it produces. It will rev up the fans for seemingly no reason. However, at least I can say that the fans do not sound like little screaming fans, but almost sound like wind blowing through trees, its actually mildly pleasant, which is impressive that they were able to achieve those acoustics in this laptops fans which are inevitably small.
Other Thoughts: I love the addition of the above-average quality zippered laptop case that it comes with as well, I did not know I was going to be getting it.
Fantastic machine, my real rating would be 9/10 if that were an option, however 4/5 sounds low, so I am going with 5/5. I wouldnt really hesitate on buying this laptop if you are considering it.
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW