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Pros: Let's face it, you're buying this board for its insane OC abilities. True 8 phase board, 60A ferrite chokes, this isn't a board meant for play. Look, a lot of boards offer the same features, Tbolt, a PLX chip for your graphics, sure plenty of stuff. BUT. This outclasses them in terms of OC, heck it outclasses the MVE which costs $390. AND IT INCLUDES all the other features, like a seperate wifi card with BT, Two TBolt ports, Debug LEDs, and a 3.0 usb panel. You get all the new peripheral technologies, insane power delivery setup at an attractive cost.
If this appeals to you, then by all means purchase this board. If you just need your i5 at 4.5ghz with maybe 2 gpus, get something cheaper, save your cash. If you're Phase Changing or on DICE, well what are you waiting for man? PICK THIS UP!
Cons: Does not include OC Touch.
No peripherals for OCers like the EVbot or OC Key, sadly.
Color scheme may not appeal to everyone.
Other Thoughts: This board outclasses all other boards for z77. It outclasses budget boards by leagues, it outclasses nearly everything that is and will be available for z77. The extreme has hotwire, sub zero sense, and oc key. That's it. If giga could include those features separately, then well that board would be pointless too. You don't need anything else really, maybe if you had 4 gpus and needed the lan features, otherwise, get a sound card if you need, or consolidate to a twin gpu card if you wish. No real point to purchase any other board if you think about it.READ FULL REVIEW
Other Thoughts: I didn't really expect much else from this keyboard. What I really wanted is an Otaku tenkeyless with PBT keys possible laser etched or double shot key caps, but those can be bought after market for $35. I don't need a ton of keys, I have a logitech gameboard for gaming, I use this for typing. I didn't want the acutation force to be that of a red and be fully linear, but wanted a linear experince. Red's seemed too light for me, I might have made mistakes. Browns are sensational for typing, and don't make a racket like Blues. I thougth about picking up a Model M style buckling spring, but went for the less force browns.
I'm a student, who must type quite a few reports. I didn't have the money for a Torpe keyboard which costs upwards of 200, so this was the next best thing. I don't mean to degrade the keyboard at all.
For all the negative reviews: Stop rating how you WANTED the keyboard, rate it for what it is. It is a fantastic keyboard. Does its job well.
Other Thoughts: Performance beast, quite frankly you'll be spoilt by owning these. Playing Crysis Warhead the other day, lol what lag? Enthusiast with forced Super Sampling AA? no biggie
Witcher 2 with ubersampling on? hah Lowest frame rate was low 30s and mostly at 50s. If you know this setting then you should know thats dang near the best.
2gb vram means you can use all the AA you want. Slightly overkill for my res, but honestly if I go triple screen I will also go triple gpu.
Why wait for next gen? TSMC hasn't started production yet, who knows what sorts of trouble the next gen die shrink will bring? Instead of thinking of the future, why not act now?
you're still sitting there? still reading up with reviews and fps comparisons?
Buy it and forget about it. Infact, make sure to buy two atleast.
You'll thank me.