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GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great features and OK when it works.

Cons: Where do I start? This board is unstable. It is unable to stable overclock CPU (i5 6600K) to even 4GHZ. Even stock speed with memory profile to 2800 sometimes PC would enter BIOS and tell me there was a stability issue. Once in Windows 10 no issues. But if I have issues booting up I may have to down clock my memory to 2133. That would be a real disappointment.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte why did you rush release unstable motherboard to consumers ? I had your motherboards in the past without issues and this is a huge disappointment. Please release BIOS update and address this issue (other people with similar new z170 motherboards from Gigabyte are reporting similar issue)

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DELL Alienware ANW17-2143SLV Gaming Laptop 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3 GB GDDR5 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: see other thoughts

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Other Thoughts: After years of building PC's decided to buy this laptop so I can have some mobility and more space in the room. Right out of box this laptop is truly beautiful and well build. It's quiet, keyboard feels right, screen is beautiful and sharp and overall from hardware point of view a great laptop worth its price tag. Now the software is the big issue as you would expect with bloatware slowing down any new PC. I also ended up buying a 500gb Samsung ssd m.2 and had major issues with installation. Bios recognized the ssd but windows was giving me a hard time. I called customer service and got a windows restore USB flash drive. The customer service is below average as you are being transferred without any notice to multiple associates.
The flash drive does not give you option which hard drive to install windows on. I had to remove my 1tb standard hard drive and only use ssd to install windows. Then after the install I connected the standard drive and it worked fine as my secondary D drive. By doing the fresh install and drivers I avoided all the bloatware that comes with the laptop. The performance difference is huge without bloatware. Frame rate is better in games and the "every 5sec" lag is gone that was there when I used the laptop first few times. Now the laptop is what you would consider a end game laptop and I'm finally happy.
So for those who want this laptop get it but consider installing fresh copy of windows not from the alienware USB flash drive but your own system restore image. A ssd also benefits the laptop since the standard hard drive is clearly holding back the performance. Windows 8 boots in about 6-8seconds with SSD M.2. Also do not call the customer support to request your windows key since the motherboard actually will activate windows on your HD. Customer service was not willing to give me the key and tried to sell a $250 software warranty instead.

So overall fantastic laptop and this is my first month review. If there should be any changes I will edit this review.

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ASUS GTX780TI-3GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1100 mhz core and +233 mhz on memory moderate OC. 70C at full load 1440p max graphics after two hours of Metro Last light.
Very quite, great craftsmanship, cool, crazy fast, stable.
Card for sure can OC higher but I'll play with that more when time comes for more intensive games. Even stock its insanely fast.

Cons: So far none.

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Display Name: Vladimir P.

Date Joined: 12/03/04

  • Reviews: 19
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 11/24/10
  • Last Review: 09/24/15
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