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GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

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.

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QUMAX Xarmor U9W USB RF Wireless Standard Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Let me start by saying this is my first Mechanical Keyboard. I've used MX blue's before for brief periods but never owned.

This by far is the best keyboard I've owned. The constuction is solid. MX browns are exactly my come of tea. Keyboard is solidly built, don't know why the negative reviews. The wireless feature is very useful for me, considering I run a KVM setup with around 30 wires, even with wire management, is a complete mess. I wanted an easier solution. Also, no worries of accidental cable yanks, or purchasing another protector. For the price, people expect more, but this is a mechanical keyboard. Solidly built, wireless and mechanical all under $100 is perfect.

Cons: DO NOT USE THE WRIST PAD. It oozes cheap awful afterthought. Nice textured surface, but you'll regret it the minute you install it, and it is next to impossible to uninstall it without doing some damange.

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.

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SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Got 2 in crossfire for 1920 x 1080

Don't ask me, check anandbench and that should explain all the pros of this card, like the fact you can max every game in todays market 50+ fps (Witcher 2 Ubersampling on + Ultra) everything else 60+ fps. Crysis ? pshh old. Metro? so last year... you're still stuck with suckish frames? well its time to upgrade to these

They're extremely silent, worked right off the bat, no problems at all. When they need to they can keep the gpu cool and quiet.

AMD CCC is actually quite nice, and drivers were easy to install, even coming from nvidia cards.

Cons: They don't have a backplate
They make you not want to come back to newegg, because face it, whats the point? when you have the best... well then what do you do?
only 6+1 VRMs (not even that big a deal, can overclock well even on stock volts)
The way their power plugs are positioned is awful for cable managment

no real gripes...

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.

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Display Name: Ronobir M.

Date Joined: 09/13/10

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  • First Review: 10/02/10
  • Last Review: 07/26/12
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