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Intel Core i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I56600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent CPU and surprisingly close to the i7 6700k in most tasks. 07/25/2016

This review is from: Intel Core i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I56600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530

Pros: I was disappointed when I saw I had received a Vietnam chip, but then I saw the VID of 1.128 and all disappointment melted away. Can't wait to see what this thing can do.

Cons: It's not quantum.

Other Thoughts: Intel's four cores crush all of AMD's current 4, 6, 8 and 10 core processors. I don't mean to bash AMD, but the normal user and gamer has no software that even takes advantage of more than 4 cores, and no professional would use one of those AMDs anyway, so they kind of exist in a void of pointlessness.

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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Underneath all the gimmicks lies a stable, durable, and dependable motherboard. 07/24/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've never had any problems with Gigabyte motherboards and this one is no exception. I strayed once - to a brand that used to mean premium quality - but two defective boards in a row convinced me to return to Gigabyte.

Simply a stable and well-made Z170 motherboard. It does not perform notably better or worse than any other Z170 board.

Cons: Unappealing, low res UEFI BIOS. The mouse is incredibly laggy.
Killer ethernet is worthless. It's not better than Intel's and they can't be teamed, but it's a bullet point on the feature list which I assume is its main purpose.
I'm sure the 3 people who use the analog audio outs will appreciate the op-amp and "audiophile" caps. For people using HDMI, DP or SPDIF audio, they receive none of the benefits.
SoundCore/Recon3d is another worthless feature list filler.

Other Thoughts: It used to be that a motherboard's brand name spoke directly to its performance and opting for a lesser name meant sacrificing that performance to save money. Now, however, modern CPUs contain much of the chipset on-die, meaning all motherboards supporting that chipset will be nearly identical in performance. Unfortunately, this also means manufacturers had to come up with new ways to market and differentiate their products, thus blinking rainbows, plastic shrouds, and lots of gimmicky features presented with meaningless buzzwords.

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BitFenix Spectre All Black 140mm Case Fan
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5 out of 5 eggs Very quiet while moving sufficient air. 07/23/2016

This review is from: BitFenix Spectre All Black 140mm Case Fan

Pros: Running these at 100%, they are nearly silent. Putting my ear right next to them, all I hear is air moving, not the fan.

Cons: Fan cables are too short to reach anything when mounted as front intakes in a full tower. It would be nice to see more fans include a cable extension. mATX/ITX users aren't the only ones who appreciate a quiet case.

Other Thoughts: Great fans. Quiet with good airflow and don't necessarily need any speed control.

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Display Name: John C.

Date Joined: 10/25/02

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 05/10/04
  • Last Review: 07/25/16
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