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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Aesthetically pleasing. I love the black PCB and the grey/silver and gold accents.

Extremely power efficient which leads to less heat and more stability.

USB 3.0 is on the bottom of the board as apposed to the middle near the 24 pin and I love this. I don't know why more enthusiast grade boards don't do this.

Except for the 5820K this board will support 4 way SLI and 3 way SLI with a 5820k.

The power delivery being 8 phase as apposed to 12 doesn't hurt this board at all because of it's efficiency as stated. It's seems to be 10 to 20% more efficient than other boards like the Extreme 6.

Dual M.2 slots with one able to connect a Wifi card. You will give up some PCI lanes when using these.

Lots of lights on this board from the South Bridge heat sink to the rear I/O plate. The light strip that separates the Audio card is nice but there is still some debate as to whether it actually helps with interference or not but it's nice none the less.

Great price point for an enthusiast grade X99 board.

Very sturdy and well built.

Comes with a few extra's in the box including sleeved SATA cables which seems to be happening throughout the industry lately.

It was packaged well, UPS put it through the grinder from the looks of the shipping box and the board was safe as could be.

Cons: This is where it get's interesting.

The Bios - I will just say this because issue's that I and others have had are mostly solved and too complicated to list here.

First off get the new F12 bios first off and save yourself some trouble. Disable the fullscreen boot logo and if you can the USB 2.0 as those with multiple USB devices have had issue's.

Use the legacy style bios instead of the smart tweak as it's more stable and has more features. This is the reason for removing an Egg in this review.

As far as the memory compatibility and overclocking I say it's a bit lacking. I would say just get 2400 set it and forget it because of this and overclocking memory nets very little in actual performance and gains and shortens the lifespan of the memory and board.

Other Thoughts: I like this board but for the UEFI/Bios issues. It's beautiful and solid and it's layout is very functional. This Bios issues can be solved for the most part and for a mid grade board at this price it is a good buy but if your a beginner I would try something different it's lower power consumption and lower heat would be welcome to a game who might only use a mild overclock. I managed a 4.4+ OC at 1.3v relatively easily with a 5820K installed. If you want to save a little power for your GPU and you are comfortable with installing bios and firmware updates this board is a decent choice.

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Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs It's Huge !!! 07/21/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: As the review title states this thing is Huge and if you want to fit your keyboard and mouse on it it's perfect.

Just as good as the MM200 as far as it's useability, grip and mouse surface. It works well with the Corsair M45 mouse I have been using for a while now.

Great for gaming - Very smooth glide without being too slippery which works perfect for me during gaming, or for that matter anything I am doing.

More goodness from Corsair, giving gamers what they need.

Cons: Did have a strong smell when first opened but didn't last long.

I have no other complaints/cons with this pad.

Other Thoughts: I don't have a big enough desk to make this a full time mouse pad for me but my son found it to be great for his desk and has his mouse and keyboard on it. Not many people think about the keyboard sliding around during use, especially gaming, but you won't have that problem with this mouse pad.

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WD My Passport X 2TB Portable Gaming Hard Drive for Xbox One and Xbox 360 WDBCRM0020BBK-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tons of space for games and movies. I have a truckload of movies on this that I plug into my BRay Home theater system and my whole collection only takes about 250 Gb. Playback is flawless. I love having my entire collection on a mobile device.
Relatively fast to download to this, at least for a USB 3.0 device and because it's not an SSD.
Nice small form factor and the cable is nice and sturdy though a bit short but it is long enough for my purposes.
I tried this on the X Box first and have zero issues with playing games and this can hold a bunch of them. Once I tried that I deleted and reformatted for movie files.
A very nice price for 2TB of storage with the mobility and flexibility
of this unit.

Cons: It get's a bit warm but I guess it's to be expected with a HDD. I don't think it's too warm though. I suppose I will know in a few months if the temps cause it to lose longevity.

Other Thoughts: Cudo's to WD for again filling the needs of users with a quality product.

I can't stress enough how nice it is to be able to watch my whole collection of movies almost anywhere. This will also plug right into most smart TV's and playback 1080p movies smooth as silk.

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Display Name: Bart H.

Date Joined: 06/23/11

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  • First Review: 08/03/12
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