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Pros: I give um a big number 5eggs. I bought two of these when they first came out and I have not had more carefree fun in all of my computing experiences. So I guess that makes them 3 years old or so.
Cons: Not really a con. More my own doing over the years they have some what merged together. As I was running together using a bridge much like a raid setup for hard drive with exact power supplies but with latest tech inside of these things and the tech in the bridge that merged them together. They are slightly warped and don't produce as strong a signal in the 24pin connections. Again my fault. But they work flawless for any power demand I might need.
Other Thoughts: I really did not think about all that three years ago with the duel setup. but it advantages out weighed everything. Being able to put power to the mainboard without regaurd or in a manner that was more tailored.
They were worth it to this day they work I owe alot of that to the idea that I SAW the sata cables and they were much different and I thought I should never mess with them....like changing them out for sleeved cables and whatnot. Was disappointed about the cables at first because of that. Soon I left the power supplies alone to do there job. And they did flawless over the years ran them through maybe 10 thunderstorms and they have always come out on top. Just a good power supply that will tandem with another one but does not favor going back to single after. And most of all A power supply that will never ever support the idea of changing cables. Even if the aftermarkets they sell in other places are for the 1200watt counterpart the cables need to say that famous 1050HX for me to trust so why mess with a good thing.
Pros: It has three fans and the acoustics are proper for them making it less audible then my gtx660 with two fans. So the fans look nice solid and glossy and operate good.
Cons: None yet maybe power demand in time as I will be adding more powered features to my case.
Other Thoughts: Frankly I got the PNY this time not because it fits into my color scheme or anything else. In fact I was happy to read about the money they spent on the development of this series of cards with a full warranty ready to be cashed in on if needed. But enough money in the developement itself for a old die hard like me that has took to many chances that I can afford. We'll see what the future holds. For now the card is good and solid does not have back plate so be careful to always keep the door shut or removing 100percent of the time from the computer first(as to not have anything drop on it. It long like a shelf but did not exceed neweggs measurement in the specs section. About 1 1/2 inch past standard atx screws in the front.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Has the M.2 skys the limit for case constraints. though I havent used it. It has the z97 chipset! and a few different ways to install harddrives aside of the M.2. It's compatibility is increased with memory and processors as I don't favor updating bios it has all the features to update easy and alot more. full control ability of all the different features in bios. Is memory compatible with ADATA (Just as I thought). good managability of the pci express lanes for those that want to strip it down to the bare bones in the bios and just run off of that instead of available ports,headers,sata, and just all around shut the lower chipset down and go. A good reliable board to go into next year with. runs good and cool in my situation.
Cons: Not very many cons on this one. One would be the standard problem it seems with the blue 3.0 header on the mainboard. One either uses that or the usb at the bottom closest to the front of the mainboard, not both at the same time. Starting and stopping issues will occur and have one wondering what the problem is(so closest to the front of mainboard usb is not usable when 3.0 header is being used. Also the chipsets for the different sata ports need to be set correctly in the bois for a cd drive or what have you. If not starting and stopping issues will occur. And have one wondering what the problem is. Most of all the 1150 processors use a exact amount of electricity and produce and monitor a exact amount of heat...So it is very important that one fastens down the aircooler good and tight. These boards are built for that from Gigabyte. If not...it will be starting and stopping. My situation I had a fan on the air cooler with a worn bearing not really a bad one. Between not fastening down tight enough and the vibration from the back fan..It caused a starting and stopping issue. Also remember this is a intel board so it will work with Radeon graphics, but will not favor other hardware that might be on the mainboard in a dispute with other software. EXAMPLE: I have a 10monitor with it's own graphics on board though usb and it would not work on this mainboard with a radeon r270x. Switched it for a nvidia gtx770 and it works fine now. I like the Radeon for the colors and brightness,but could not use it. I don't know what one makes of that....
Other Thoughts: I like it.... feels solid in the install. Runs solid when operating. 1150 processors are fast and affordable, but not x79. They have full control ability of all the features through the bios unlike older mainboards. Features that will take me a month or two to become fluent with,BUT unlike the x79 do not really favor having all the usb,com,etc..ports all being used at the same time. IS that good or bad I don't know. for my situation I can make it work and with full control ability of all those features I have made mine quite the trick-star.READ FULL REVIEW