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Pros: + Does its job. Fits my motherboard.
Cons: - No problems yet, but I am wary because I have had other (different) G-Skill modules go bad on me before, at 1-2 years of use.
Other Thoughts: I don't think there is any difference between this and the Ripjaws V ram modules, besides the addition of a heat spreader. It may not look as cool, but this RAM does not run nearly hot enough for a heat spreader to matter.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: + Like all H170 mobos, has plenty of connections, but is not overclockable.
+ Supports major new technologies, so should be somewhat future-proof:
Intel gen-6 socket
M.2 SSD slot
+ ASUS has served me well in terms of being reliable, and also having lots of settings and options.
Cons: - I could have used a third USB 2.0 header.
Other Thoughts: I would absolutely recommend ASUS as a brand, and the Intel gen-6 platform, but you may want to consider chipset options such as B150, H170, Z170 depending on your needs.
A little surprised by issues with other reviewers, but my experiences have been problem-free.
Pros: + Cheap after rebate
+ Better than Intel HD 530 graphics, barely
+ Fan and heatsink are overkill for this card
+ Supposedly 4k-ready, but I don't think it would have the power
Cons: - First card I received would repeatedly shut off after 1 minute. XFX support handled things well enough and sent me a replacement, which worked. Still, I would rather not deal with this, and it's a ding on XFX's product quality and reliability.
- Chipset is a re-badged HD7xxx from 2012. I didn't realize this at first, but I wish I could get an underclocked/entry-level version of a modern chipset instead.
- Fan was noisy at it's idle speed of 35%. Using SpeedFan and FurMark however, I found that the card could be stress tested at only 27% fan, which was much quieter. 100% fan would be way overkill.
Other Thoughts: My initial thinking when purchasing was, "graphics cards these days are so crazy powerful, that even a lower end one would be fine for me doing lightweight games, emulation, etc." But, I have found that Intel integrated graphics have come a long way since 2012, and unfortunately you have to break the $100 mark in order to get any benefit at all from discrete graphics.READ FULL REVIEW