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GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! Gigabyte does not honor Manufacturer's Rebates 02/06/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Installed this board at Christmas, replacing an ASUS M5A-99X EVO 2.0, since we wanted the SLI and Android remote control of the ASUS for a HTPC.

And, of course, there was Microsoft with their threats, wanting $179 X2, again, for two Windows 7 Pro licenses, after replacing these motherboards,...but all you have to know is that they do that EVERY TIME (nag, Nag, Nag,..Hey, statistics show that IF you have the ethically challenged corporate pratices to engage in this class of behavior, then 7.8% of people just give in!!, some with a recent death in the family, some with IQs below 100, and some are under legal age of consent, 16, etc.and some are just statistically, like with a recent major car accident of illness of a child and therefor, too busy to overcome this threat in the automatic time frame imposed, once Microsoft BLACKs out their typically, sole computer screen,...FYI, normally you just have to call them, and then eventually after being denied by the automatic system (another 3.6% give in here!! Money, Money, Money), can get a new Microsoft unlock code. BTW.

We had a Gygabyte, in the same machine previously, and rotate, based n features and price. And, have heard that ASUS service is less than ideal, since they based their US customer service unit in Taiwan. However on the PRO side, we have never in 10 years, had any reason to call, or use ASUS RMAs, or customer service,...a perfect record. Bravo!

On the other hand, we are VERY familiar with Gygabyte's RMAs and customer service. This is now the 5th board in 3 years, that has had to be mailed, (first time is your expense, BTW), to City of Industry, in California (we know the address by heart at this point).

To say balance positive, They Do on the pros column, Honor. their manufacture's warranties, as we know, for instance, we are on the 4th version of one Motherboard, and as they run out overtime, have a policy of upgrading, the original model, so we have an Intel i7 Assassin.G1, and enjoy the features of a higher end board, it only represents about 6 months of total downtime in three years, that is all.

However, the latest is that after dragging you out for two months (Board bought on Black Friday, and the Denial just came, after two emails saying all was great!), they must be gauging the number of denials based on the profitability of the Rebate program??, or something insidiously commercial as if you ask Customer Service they say, AFTER having you fill out the ridiculously long internet form, then print and pay to mail it to them, they make you in the process cut up their box, reducing resale and in store warranty rights, and then WAIT over TWO Months to get a DENIAL!!??? Sheeeeshh!,..."Well,...OUR REBATES ARE HANDLED BY AN OUTSIDE FIRM", as if it is a touchy subject, and they know about these problems. (!!?).

Ahem, Maybe Microsoft can BUY Gigabyte? Voila, perfect corporate cultural merger.

Cons: See Above, warnings,....But, despite the caveats, WHICH frankly all of the problems with Gigabyte Manufacture's Mail in Rebates (and in fairness, ALL and any negative remarks apply equally to ANY mail in rebates),....the Computer Tech market place is a a BETTER world, for Gigabyte being there, and so, maybe please Gigabyte, look at the practices of your OUTSIDE contracting, mail-in rebate companies, and IF this ever worsening sector is necessary to make money in the segment, then keep a "tight leash" and change them often, to keep them as Honest, as possible.

Other Thoughts: Just a few thoughts for others to be aware of, before entering these situations.

PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Card, Great Screen image - with a "real" 3-year warrenty 05/25/2013

This review is from: PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Pros: Rec'd this card as an RMA from Powercolor frankly, as I had purchased in the day, a Powercolor AX5770 Evolution, and btw, what makes it an Evolution, is that it had the onboard HydralogiX chipset, which was great, in that it would allow, the evil-Nvidia (and overall, we luv:-)<3, Nvidia), however, their Driver override, for no-no-no PhysX, when sensing an AMD product is Evil!),, short story, we had that card for like 2+ years of "good use" in tandem with an EVGA 460GTX (also "great" card, though EVGA's poke you-in-the-eye and make fun of your Mom-"non-customer service" is not so hot),...(or sometimes HD5850 and ohh-la-la!, that is a HOT-FUN, combo, and no complaints, but due to Powercolor's insane 3 years warranty, it was RMA'd via Powercolor, for an upgrade, due to scarcity of the unique Evolution card,, thank you Powercolor

Cons: What emerges from the below comments, both the intial glowingly good, and then the change at a few months ago, to virtually all bad, is either not so clever/subtle negative comments "plants" from the AMD/Powercolor competition, OR perhaps, is based in our experience, with Overclocking this card, for grins and giggles, and also maxing out benchmark scores on raining afternoons. First, the card can be overclocked using either OVerdrive or Catalyst COntrol Center, until it will glow cherry red, and probably catch fire, but we stopped at "cherry red",...or even, after one experience, after the initial development of the normal progression of AMD video artifacts and screen glitches, etc. that predictably develop when pushing AMD products, too far. Remember - NOTE those core and video clock's Ghz number in OD/CCC, and in the future - don't exceed!

Other Thoughts: So, in short, this is an amazing card in terms of pure color rendition on screen, even our Nvidia 670 GTX cannot come close, and it costs twice the price, also in terms of the true playability measures, that never enter such marketing propaganda as the various benchmarks and game FPS comparisons that are all launched in the time a particular card is "on the shelf" via internet,...this one has smooth deep color, smooth screen rendition, and "keeps up" with any tessellation, screen explosions and story points, perfectly, every time and in every game, period. HOWEVER< for those with a "full throttle or/and die" approach to Overclocking video, once they are shown how,...this is not the card, for you, since it has no safety limit. So, either go up to the edge with a light hand, or don't go near "the edge at all" - Enjoy!

ZOTAC ZT-50203-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very impressive perfrmance and pleasant suprise from a gaming fluidity, hard-"velvet", "total visual-rendering onscreen" perspecitve. Bought this card for my 1366 i7 930 Offfice machine, the same week that the 670GTX series came out,...So, we apid the nice price, with Assasin's Creed-Brthrhd,..however, noticed from Tom's Charts, that the 570's, are by design 9% slower (un-OC'd), in most apps/games/BMs at 1080p,...but, in the large matrices caculations, or basically what 4000i TVs+3D will require,... they are 4X faster than the 670s! has to do with the way Nvidia "went AMD" by tripling the number of Shaders hardware, instead of "HOT Clocking" less shaders, and the same reasonss as to WHY a 2X/3X-SLI, is slower on frames/sec than the sum of the parts,...also, big PRO for me, is that this card, unlike the tri-Fire'd 5850's in the game room,..has what Nvidia adverts as, "True and Deep Colors technology", so with the right HDTV compatability on a 46"Panasonic Viera---Kate Upton, or for that matter, "Mr. Spock",...never lookd so good!

Cons: Not a big "Con"--but, here it is,...previously, this machine (in a Velocity Micro - SLI case) had Two XF-ired 5850's, so when we went to the single, 570, we stuck an old 450GTS into the second PCI-e slot,...and the temps would take the fan, like under FM 3DMark 11 type-loads, to the point where the fan speed would drift slightly above the minimun speed at 40% of max, and then you could hear the fan running,, we ordered a 16X PCI-e extension cable from China, via AliExpress for $3, and then moved the 450 GTS, one slot up, so that it did not partially block the 570 intake,..and Presto! no fan speeds above 40%, therfor no fan noise while gaming, etc.,...problem solved.

Other Thoughts: Good card,...and also, love(apprciate) Nvidia, partly b/c met the Technical Marketing Director, Tom Petersen, and had a nice detailed/insightful chat at Quakecon-Dallas, one year,...and have a small understanding, aar, for what they are doing, and how the "market" realities dictates what they produce on any given day,, other than a signfigantly lower heat output with the 32nm lithography, the 570GTX, remains a great card, (and VALUE) at least for the next 5 years?!


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