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Pros: Looks Nice
crossfire/SLI at full x16
Cons: stay away from this board. Nothing but problems if you are looking to overclock.
First off, when I go to raise the multiplier the board will only do so on one core, leaving all 3 of my other cores at stock speed. AMD overdrive fixes it, but it's pathetic. I have to rely on a buggy software to overclock. Also, you can only raise voltages in increments of 0.025. how stupid is that? come on. I've read online of other people having the same problems as me yet there are no solutions to this problem.
Bios is lacking features and options that every other company has. I have the rev.3 of this board and if you read online you will see that this board has nothing but problems. People complaining about the NB overheating, voltages fluctuating wildly, and speed throttling. especially on the 8 cores.
Other Thoughts: One thing I should mention is that rev.4 is released. I read somewhere that they added a heatpipe on the NB. Even so, there is NO guarantee that you will get a rev.4. And even if you get a Rev.4, don't plan on overclocking to squeeze every bit of performance out of your CPU.
Now I know to stay away from gigabyte products.
Pros: Very fast. for 1 monitor at 1080p there is no reason to go higher than this at this point of time. remarkable fps in every game. overclocking is a breeze, able to get 1300mhz boost clock. EVGA precision X is great as well, I use it to monitor my fps, temps, and fan speed in game. this card never exceeds 70 C on the games I play, which is impressive because I have relatively poor airflow in my case.
Another cool feature is that it comes with a poster. Looks great on my wall!
Also, This card was a little longer than I expected, but it doesn't matter to me. It extends just to the end of my ATX motherboard. Do some measurements just to be safe. If you are afraid of the length, there is an itx version by another company at a little higher cost than this one.
The game bundle(assassins creed 4) was very easy to redeem. just plug in the information, download uplay, and get your game!
Cons: Gets a little loud at anything above 60%. Not noticeable to me though because I wear headphones when gaming. If you cant stand not having a silent rig, just set up a custom fan curve in precision X It's very easy to do.
Other Thoughts: This card is a must have for anyone looking to do gaming at 1080p. Get it!
EVGA Superclocked GTX 760
Phenom II X4 965 at 3.8ghz (got it for only $80)
Gigabyte 990fxa ud3 mobo
corsair CX750M(overkill for this system, but Will SLI this card when the time is right.)
Seagate 1TB hdd
G.skill ripjaws 2X4gb 1600mhz RAM
This review is from: BYTECC C6EB-5B 5 ft. Cat 6 Blue Enhanced 550MHz Patch Cable
Pros: Works as intended
Blue is different.
Kinda stiff but It's a pro because I like the rigid feel.
Cons: Bit shorter than I expected. But that's my own fault. Should have gotten a longer cable.
Other Thoughts: Great cable, would buy again.READ FULL REVIEW