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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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW