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GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: A lot of high-end hardware on this motherboard including quad-GPU capability, eight USB 3.0 ports, up to six drives in a RAID configuration, M.2 for both a drive and a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth add in card and headphones amplifier. All digital power design that utilizes International Rectifiers PowlRstage MOSFETs and 4th generation Digital PWM controllers. The board itself is built like a tank and has a very desirable look. One of most affordable X99 motherboards you can purchase.

Cons: The BIOS leave a lot to be desired. Simply put its a mess. The board occasional refuses to boot and instead sits in a boot loop before the bios even loads until i remove power from the PC and try to turn it on again. Occasionally the USB ports don't work on boot. Of course you don't know this till the computer is fully booted and the devices connected to them just seem to have dissipated from the computer. My keyboard and mouse are USB so i had to pull the power cord to correct that to.

Other Thoughts: When it works this is a great board with a lot of high-end features packed on it, but like with most affordable boards, certain compromises have to be made to keep it affordable. Most of the cost cutting measures are extras like built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and on-board On/Off and reset buttons. On the surface and on paper this is an absolute bargain for a X99 motherboard but once you actually get around to using it you realize that there was a lot more compromised than just a few features which become apparent with all of the software issues. Until there is a revision and Gigabyte can iron out the issues I can not recommend this as your next purchase.

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Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Easy to Set Up and Great for Home Users 01/12/2016

This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router

Pros: *Setup is easy. I was up and running with just a few settings made within a couple of minutes.
*Coverage through the house is good and what I expected from previous using Belkin routers previously. No issues getting 3 bars on my smartphone behind 3 walls in my living room.
*Compared to my last router me and my wife have noticed the speed increase on our smartphones and tablest. It also works very well with our Chromecast and game consoles throughout the house. All in all, a very solid performance.
*2 Year Limited Warranty

Cons: *Only 90 days technical support
*It did restart once by itself within 2 weeks time span.

Other Thoughts: It's a good router and one that will meet the needs of most people. It's really easy to use and set up, so the average person will be up and running with it in under 5 minutes, but probably half that time. This isn't a cheap router, nor a top of the line, but it will be a very good option for most. The only reason I docked an egg is because I feel it should be priced a little less. The 2-Year Limited Warranty is a great piece of mind but it only comes with 90 days of live technical support. I would have been nice to see that extended to at least a year. That said the ease of set up and use along with great performance is enough to warrant your consideration as your next router purchase.

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
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1 out of 5 eggs Great Card Until You have to RMA 06/11/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION

Pros: The GTX 970 is in my opinion the best well rounded GPU on the market. Gigabyte has done a great job with the cooler as they have with previous cards. This card delivers smooth 60fps @ 1080p on high-ultra settings with most games without a hiccup when paired with a Core i5 2nd gen or higher.

Cons: Gigabyte customer service is without a doubt the worst customer service of any PC component manufacturer on the planet so if you buy this product with the hopes of getting service within the warranty period you better keep your fingers crossed. About 10 months ago my friend told me he processed an RMA for a GTX 770 through Gigabyte and they flat out denied him stating he had replaced the thermal paste which he swore to me he didn't so they denied his claim and returned his card. This was the same GTX 770 he purchased refurbished through Newegg. Fast forward and I am in the market for a GTX 970 and it was a tossup between the Gigabyte and MSi and the only reason I went with Gigabyte was because of a rebate which I have yet to receive. I have had this GPU in total for almost 2 months. Right after my 30 day Newegg warranty was up I was directed to Gigabyte's RMA department because the GPU became unresponsive and stopped producing a video signal. I tried everything they suggested before I called including rolling back the drivers, installing new drivers and nothing helped. They finally gave me an RMA # and I was told to ship the card to them on my dime which cost me $12. I waited almost 2 weeks before checking the status of my RMA and when I did I was shocked. My RMA was refused because they claim I replaced the thermal paste with after market thermal paste which is a complete lie. After going back and forth with them on the phone they told me there was nothing they could do because I had altered the card and they would be shipping it back to me. So here I am today with a GPU that I spent neatly $400 of my hard earned money that is no more than a paper weight and there is nothing I can do about it. They will more than likely reply to this with some false effort to smooth things over but don't be fooled they don't care. This company will fabricate a lie to refuse your warranty claim.

Other Thoughts: When considering your next GPU or component for that matter steer clear of this company. You have been warned.

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Display Name: Carlos A.

Date Joined: 09/15/08

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