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Pros: Great board…definitely a step in the right direction for future boards. My setup for this board are as follows:
Windows 8.1 Pro
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel i5 CPU
16GB G Skill Ripjaws X Series (4X4GB)
GIGABYTE GV-N750OC-1GI GeForce GTX 750 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM – OEM
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
4TB (2X2TB) Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
RAIDMAX Blade ATX-298WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full-Modular Active PFC FULL-modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
This motherboard is a scaled down version of the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 motherboard. Even though I feel that it is a scaled down version it is a much better Motherboard as far as price and setup. So far I have not had a problem with this setup. Windows 8.1 Pro loaded without hesitation and has a very quick start up and shutdown. All production programs are executed quickly (MSO 2013, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, Nero Burning ROM, Readiris Pro, etc.). I must remember this is a review of the motherboard and not the computer built on the board.
I did a 48 hour burn in and did not let the computer sleep or hibernate, nor did I let the hard drive shutdown or even the monitor to dim. The motherboard supported this setup flawlessly and showed no signs of failure. This is an air cooled setup. The board allows you to zip tie the wiring away from the center of the board allowing better air flow. It is important in my opinion to secure the wiring so that air flows throughout the computer case unobstructed.
While it boast four (4) USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the board, and two (2) USB 2.0 are also included. This is a plus since some USB 2.0 devices seem to stutter when connected using 3.0. While the 3.0 standard is being adopted by many board and peripherals manufacturers, some buyers will have devices that are 2.0 and 1.0 that will not work as well in 3.0 ports. The addition of EasyTune and Cloud Station should allow event the novice builder the power to customize their computer and ease the connection to the computer with Smart Phones and tablets. You can even control your PC wirelessly with this function, this is a great step in making your computer the center of your house.
Overall this board performs very well with the setup above.
Cons: None at this time
Other Thoughts: If you are not prepared to use Windows 8 you will find that Window’s 7 is a great installation also. For the Linux users I found that Ubuntu works great with this board even with only 4GB of memory…while it will work with only 512MB, finding 512MB these days is impossible for this board. I did not try Zorin or LXLE, the reason I mention the last two operating systems is that they both offers a Windows XP mode that you can choose from the login screen. While they are not Windows XP it is as close as you can get. However if you are buying this board you are not looking for the XP factor.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset
Pros: Great sound quality and the noise reduction and cancellation works well. I have a gaming computer that I built for my young nephews and my grandchildren. This headset coupled with the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx soundcard is explosive. The sound quality is awesome and there are no complaints from the younger generation. The additional accessories make it easy to use this headset with other item besides the PC.
Cons: While this headset is excellent with the gaming computer and the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx soundcard. It falls a bit short in the sound and connection department when plugged into a Windows 8 laptop, Surface Pro, Galaxy S5, and iPad. The sound quality is not as good as the gamer (I did not try these in a gaming notebook). When plugged into the Xbox they sound good, but not as good as the gaming PC. The soundcard in the gaming PC helps the headset outperform the other devices. When Engine 3 is downloaded to the notebook, there is a remarkable improvement in sound quality. The notebook can be made better by downloading and installing Engine 3. Engine 3 makes it easier to control the headset on the gaming PC also. There is no App for the Galaxy S5, iPad, or the Surface Pro…this would probably be a plus if there was an App.
Other Thoughts: If you are buying these for use with a phone or tablet you might want to consider the SteelSeries H Circumaural Wireless Headset (a bit expensive, but they would be ideal for those items. This is not your typical headset and should be consider an investment as you would any other gaming device or accessory.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Gives you the same lighten that you would expect from a 65 watt bulb. I use 65 watt bulbs throughout the house and when one of the old bulbs fail I replace it with a LED bulb. Great replacement bulb. Since they are suppose to have a lifespan of 25,000 hours (2.8 years if they burn 24 hours a day) it is great that they have a 3 year warranty. This is first time I have every had something that should fail before the warranty is up.
Cons: None at this time.
Other Thoughts: These bulbs have a short delay when being turned on and off. If you catch them on sale I would say "stock up" so that you have them on hand when an old bulb fails.READ FULL REVIEW