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EVGA Z97 Stinger (111-HR-E972-KR) Core 3D LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent overclocking ability.
-3 onboard 4pin fan headers.
-Rear I/O CMOS clear button (invaluable for overclocking)
-Onboard debug LED & temp monitor.
-Onboard power & reset buttons.
-Rear I/O is free of DVI/VGA legacy inputs (could be a con for some)
-UEFI bios is very clean and easy to navigate.

Some thing that aren't mentioned on the specs sheet:
-Removable BIOS chip.
-6 phase digi-power
-Headphone amplifier (MAX97220 which is DirectDrive line)
-Z97 chipset (supposedly CPU is upgradeable to broadwell when released)
-10 layer PCB

Cons: -Creative Sound Core3d buggy drivers (see other thoughts)
-Included manual is very generic (seems to be designed to cover the whole EVGA lineup -stinger/FTW/classified)
-No included mSATA WiFi/bluetooth combo card (no included wifi on mITX? I guess they had to save costs somewhere)
-Only 4 SATA ports (how many do you really need in an SFF build anyways?)

Other Thoughts: Overall the board exceeded my expectations. You can tell by the features what this board primarily focuses on - overclocking. It has an excellent power phase design for overclocking (I was able to achieve 4.7Ghz @ 1.35v stable on a Pentium G3258 4.2Ghz uncore & 2133 on ram).
Aside from the Asus Impact VII, the z97 stinger has the highest quality power phase design that I've seen.

The only major issue I had with the board so far is after initial instillation and updating the drivers on Creative's sound core3D I lost sound output to my front speakers, to fix this I had to rollback my drivers.

However, creative's newest driver release has fixed this, but this isn't EVGA's fault more of a driver issue with creative. Otherwise the sound on this board is distinctly better than most other onboard options, and the headphone amp (not listed in the spec page) was a huge surprise major bonus - it drives my ATH-A700s nicely =).

I would definitely recommend this board to any SFF overclocking enthusiast.

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ASUS Google Nexus 7 ASUS-1B16 NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20GHz 7
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Purchased to store ebook textbooks (since they're cheaper) and to use a a pseudo-wifi phone w/gvoice.
-Cheap
-Lightweight
-Perfect size for large hands.

Cons: -Doesn't have a slot for microSD (although this can be solved with ROOT and an OTG cable)
-No front camera
-A little slow loading large PDF files.

Other Thoughts: -Great when I purchased it, will definitely stick with the Nexus line for future purchases.

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Bundle Monster 12in1 Case Charger Cable Accessories for Google Nexus 7 Tablet BK
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Purchased to protect 1st gen nexus 7. 01/31/2014

This review is from: Bundle Monster 12in1 Case Charger Cable Accessories for Google Nexus 7 Tablet BK

Pros: Does what it's intended for.
Very good price for what you get.

Cons: Styles is very cheap quality.

Other Thoughts: After about 1 year the case is showing signs of wear. Not really a con since I''ve really beat the thing up, but my nexus 7 looks like new.... So it's done a very good job protecting my tablet!

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Display Name: David M.

Date Joined: 04/15/04

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 03/08/10
  • Last Review: 09/14/14
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