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SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5
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Pros: Fast and very light weight

Cons: No mounting hardware is included, luckily I got the drive for $89 when on sale but Samsung should really include the bracket for mounting the SSD.

Other Thoughts: Excellent speed and very small form factor.

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ASUS Z170-P D3 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent motherboard....after a BIOS update 01/13/2016

This review is from: ASUS Z170-P D3 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: PCI-E 3.0, runs DDR3 for an 1151 socket. BIOS layout is decent. Layout of board hardware is good.

Cons: Initially, Windows 7 could not detect speakers plugged into the audio jack, and it would not display one of the hard drives in Windows explorer. Also, it appeared the BIOS would not always save all changes I made....this lead to the solid state drive being left in a RAID mode instead of ACHI. The original BIOS was 0407, once I updated to 0509 everything worked exactly as it should with no issues.

It would have been nice to have optical audio out jack but oh well.....

Other Thoughts: Once this board was updated everything ran very well, the LED light track on the board; which can be configured in the BIOS for "OFF/ON/beat with music" is ok but a dull yellow color, not really great and only runs a short distance of the board. I leave it off.

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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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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unlocked multiplier, runs cool, excellent speed

Cons: No cooler included

Other Thoughts: I'm running this on an ASUS Z170-P D3 board with DDR3(yeah that's right). I had some 1866 DDR3 so I got a 1151 motherboard that would support it. This CPU has been nothing but excellent, I am cooling it with an older Corsair A50 heat sink and it never goes above 50 degrees celcius. I wanted something for gaming and it has not disappointed at all. One of the games (StarCraft 2) used to make my AMD Phenom 2 x6 cry when the action increased on the screen. With this CPU, I have everything cranked to max on graphic settings and I still haven't lost a frame during the most intense gaming.

This was my first Intel purchase ever. I have always been AMD but decided to finally take the plunge, I am glad I did.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 12/01/09

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 04/10/11
  • Last Review: 01/13/16
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