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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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3 out of 5 eggs The "LE" means more than you think... 04/10/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Looks good with an attractive color scheme. As far as connectivity options, it has everything I need and nothing I don't. Got it during black friday '13 for $50 after rebate. It can handle my FX-8350 and R9 280X (for the moment....)

Cons: Overclocking of any kind on this motherboard has been impossible (I cannot even clock my 2133 rated g.skill ram past 1600). No VRMs. Peers have repeatedly told me this board will not last long with an 8350 or similar high-wattage CPUs. I/O faceplate is extremely thin and cheap. A USB 3.0 header would have been nice...

Other Thoughts: "Limited" is the perfect way to describe this board. Sure it can run a 125 W cpu but for how long before it gives out? Also, chances are if you're buying an FX-8350, you'll want to overclock at some point, which is just not an option on this board. I wish I would've spent the extra money on the non LE version.

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GIGABYTE GV-R928XOC-3GD REV2 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs You Should've Bought this Card at Launch 04/10/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GV-R928XOC-3GD REV2 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: An absolute beast in gaming. 60+ fps in EVERY game with all settings max (100 fps max in BF4 with Mantle support!). Relatively quiet card. Easily overclockable. Gigabyte OC GURU II software is useful for monitoring temps, fan speeds, and clocks. Best $300 I ever spent on gaming.

Cons: Current price is ridiculous (thanks, miners). Card is designed to run pretty hot (about 72 C at load). Could present some heat issues in cases with little or no airflow. Some beta drivers caused in-game crashes but AMD is quick to update and fix known issues.

Other Thoughts: I'm so happy I bought this card the day it came out for $300. The current price is way too high for what you get.

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XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1255 120mm Purple LED Case Fan, 2 pcs in 1 package CFS-SXGJS-PU2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The LEDs have an awesome violet glow which looks very nice in my black windowed case. They move lots of air and are relatively quiet especially if changed to low speeds (not super quiet but excellent for the price).

Cons: Not a big deal to me but the LEDs dim and brighten according to fan speed (low speeds = low brightness). They are only slightly quieter than my stock cooler master case fans so if you are looking to upgrade to super-quiet fans, spend more money and look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: I have a total of 4 of these in my case and I would buy 4 more if I had a 2nd rig.

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Display Name: Alex N.

Date Joined: 11/12/12

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 04/10/14
  • Last Review: 04/10/14
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