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Pros: My board shipped with the latest bios (F8) so I didn’t have to update them. Past experience with other boards is that updating the bios is often needed.
My Pros come from a hardware standpoint. You might say these are what you should expect from top-line feature-rich motherboard.
- Well built
- Quality hardware (capacitors – rated at 10,000hrs) with anti-surge and short-circuit support plus dual bios.
- 8 6Gb/s internal SATA connections provide excellent flexibility considering current generation of HDs and SSDs.
- Capability for M.2 or SATA Express if you have those. (I do not either of those pieces of hardware so can test that capability.) Using this will take up a couple of your SATA ports.
- On-board Intel video (HD4600) is a solid performer in case your graphics card is getting a bit old.
- Flexible graphics output with D-sub, DVI-D and HDMI ports.
- On-board audio acceptable unless you’re an audiophile.
- LED diagnostic display that can be extremely helpful should you encounter boot hardware problems.
- Dual LAN capability with Killer E2201 and Intel Gigabit adapters.
Cons: - The system fan header's location is different than most I’ve seen. At the far end of the board away from the CPU and memory. Make sure your system fan leads are long enough or get some extensions.
- I don’t like the UEFI setup -- not at all intuitive for me but that could be just me. Good news is the you’re just a click away from a legacy bios setup.
Other Thoughts: Should you consider an upgrade from a Z87 board? I would say no unless you want to use the M.2 or SATA Express capability now.
Should you consider an upgrade from an older motherboard, pre-Intel 8 series? Yes, this should be a consideration. It’ll work with the current Haswell and Devil’s Canyon CPUs plus the future Broadwell CPU.
The board booted straight out of the box, no problems. A Microsoft OS is always a hassle with new hardware, requiring ~5 minutes to reactivate the OS.
- I was unable to use Gigabyte’s EasyTune, that is particular to my OS setup so not typical to others.
- Manual overclocking is pretty straight forward if you’ve done it before. If not there are a number of overclocking guides on the web, look at them before you try it.
- Works well with my i7-4770K (running 4.7G using 1.325V, have not optimized this speed for voltage – voltage might need less).
GA-Z97Z-UD5H (bios F8)
GSkill 8G (F3-2400C9-4FTXD)
Windows 7 64bit (fully updated) on Samsung 840 Pro 120G
Pros: Define your needs. This is a multifunctional color device with printing, copying, faxing, and scanning. For example, do you need color such as photos? I find the multifunction capability very useful for me.
• Print rates and resolution are very reasonable. Just remember as with any manufacturer these are max values under typically optimum conditions. What I’ve experienced is very reasonable for my usage and needs, i.e. printing, copying, and scanning.
• Wireless capable
• Typically color printing capabilities are nearly as good or better than black only.
• In copying either reduction or enlargement is possible.
• Two-sided (duplex) printing possible with duplexer accessory. This printer comes with it.
• Document auto feed.
• Well packaged.
Cons: • USB ports are USB2, not USB3.
• I’m not a big fan of all the software that gets loaded onto your machine. For example, it isn’t easy to find the drivers separately, only an executable. I have a need for those drivers separately.
• A knitpick: The downside to excellent packaging is it took me ~20 minutes to remove all the transparent protective tape off the machine. I hate the bubbles that get trapped under it.
Other Thoughts: • I believe ink replacement cartridges are always an issue with Inkjet printers. I would suggest you check into where, the type (remanufactured or new) and the cost as part of your buying consideration.
• Realize that quoted printing, copying, etc. rates are typically a maximum in ideal conditions.
Pros: - Standard (A19) light bulb shape and will thus fit most fixtures.
- Light produced by LED (light emitting diode) so very efficient, advertised as $0.85 per year. Or alternately, 40W produced from 6.5W energy.
- Range of colors available. The one I tested was yellow (denoted as 3000K). I would say easy on my eyes for this one.
- Very long life-times advertised (22.8 years @3 hours per day), obviously I didn’t test this feature. That converts to 199,728 hours compared to approximately 10,000 hours for incandescent bulbs.
Cons: - Cost is typically 5 to 10 times more expensive than standard incandescent bulbs.
- Warranty is 6 years @ 3 hours per day. (I have no idea how they would determine your daily usage.) If the bulb only lasted this period of time, cost per hour would be about the same as an incandescent bulb.
- Getting the internal heat out of a LED bulb can be an issue for some bulbs, e.g. fins on side or weight. Be sure you know how the bulb looks before buying. This could also affect bulb’s weight (might affect balance of cantilevered fixtures) and/or limit where you place the bulb (do not confine the bulb, heat must be allowed to escape).
Other Thoughts: - If you own a home switching over time to these might be worth the change. Living in an apartment then a change to these probably is not worth it unless you want to take them with you.
- Price on LED bulbs has been decreasing since they appeared. Replacing incandescent bulbs in your home as they burn out might be one strategy, don’t buy a boat load of LED bulbs to start with.
- Could be very useful when placed in hard to access locations to minimize your later replacement.