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GIGABYTE GA-H170N-WIFI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Great board, not compatible with pfsense 10/03/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-H170N-WIFI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Lots. Tiny, low power, lots of expansion options, my first Skylake board.

Cons: The second Intel NIC, the i219, does not work with pfsense 2.3 or 2.4 as of this writing. At least, I can't get it to work. There are numerous threads on pfsense's forums about this NIC, and I have tried all of the mentioned options (short of compiling the drivers myself, as I do not have a FreeBSD compile environment), and have not been able to get the second NIC to work.

Other Thoughts: If anyone has bought this board for pfsense and has gotten the other NIC to work, please post a review detailing how you did it. I'm anxious to get this board working (paired with a 64gb m.2 SSD and Celeron, its drawing 12w idle and 18-22w under load) with pfsense. This is a five star board, only gave four stars for the lack of NIC drivers, which technically isn't Gigabyte's fault. Will update to 5 stars when this baby is humming along under pfsense.


Pros: Ease of installation, speed

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: Bought it from the jungle store. Downloaded the drivers, installed the card, ran the install software, no reboots. Windows 7, i7-2600k. Was using an Ubiquity AirWire previously, a stupendous product in its own right. This ASUS device connects to my Ubiquity Unifi AC Lite located downstairs at 866mbps. My network transfer speeds went from 10-11MB/s to 25-30MB/s+

Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler
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4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic HSF, bad price, worse packaging 10/22/2015

This review is from: Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler

Pros: Unmatched quality, superbly quiet, fan moves decent air given its lack of sound, comes with lots of accessories. The epitome of quality. Yes, I know I am speaking in absolutes, but I assure you, I am no shrill (see cons). I own dozens of Noctua fans and several heatsinks. There is no one even close as far as the quality. No one.

Cons: Price, packaging. Let's talk about this, Noctua. I see other companies responding to users' reviews, so hopefully you read these. You are the gold standard in quiet fans, and everyone knows that. You probably make fans that are in the top three, quality-wise, if not higher, out of every other manufacture on earth. Your tower and dual-tower HSFs are the stuff of legend and easily compete against water. But your prices are absurd, and every "con" in a review online mentions price. How much retail sales volume do you do? That is to say, how many products do you sell to stores who put your products on shelves for people to see? I bet you sell more online and via drop shipment than you do retail sales. So why the retail packaging? The heatsinks I get from you come packaged like you'd find them in the fine leather accessory bag in the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz when you drive it off the lot. Yet, right after installation, I throw the packaging away. The fans I buy from you have boxes that are hinged on two sides like books, and have fancy pictures and colorful print all over the place. Yet all that packaging is now in my garbage can on the curb. How much does it cost you to produce this fancy packaging, and how much of that cost is passed onto the customer? Seriously, trim down your fancy and expensive packaging and ship me my fans and heatsinks in plain white cardboard boxes. I don't need a fancy expensive box to know that the product I am getting from you is quality. All research done online points to that. No need to dress up your products for web vendors and mail order sites, I am not in a store being woo'd by your fancy boxes. I do not need an $8 colorful box to tell me your product is what I have been looking for for so long, I am buying your stuff for a reason. Put that $8 per product into more R&D and continue leading the pack in quiet cooling accessories.

Other Thoughts: A superb alternative to water, and quieter too. i7-2600k @4.3GHz low-30s idle, high-50s and low- 60s at 100% load depending on ambient air temp and fan speed (I run a pair of fans on this at low RPM for quiet operation and have no problems, my CPU is well within spec). I have a low-pro Noctua HSF on an i5 in a case that barely breaths and it never goes above 55C, ever. Geeks like to keep the boxes of their fancy motherboards and graphics cards to display them in their rooms. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, but its true, for reasons inexplicable and lost on me. No offense, but this is just a heatsink, I saw it when I installed it, and I won't see it again for six months when I open and clean my PC. Lose the expensive customer-bait retail packaging and knock $8 off the price of each of your products. Your customers will thank you and be able to buy more. Plus you'll get less cons in these reviews. We know your stuff is good, we don't need shock-and-awe when we open the shipping boxes (and read our invoices). Five stars when your prices drop.


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Date Joined: 09/04/07

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