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SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P256BW
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, faster, fastest. There's not much to add. Put into an i7 6700K system, I noticed that I click my mouse on something, and before my finger has had a chance to bounce to its original position, whatever I clicked is already open. It is just freaky fast. I remember my first raptorr, my first ssd, and this creates the same awe factor, if not more so. The speed of this thing in such a small package, it is just stunning.

Cons: None. Maybe the 512 is a bit faster, but this was all I needed

Other Thoughts: Pay the money and have a product that is way ahead of the curve. There are SSDs and there are m2 drives, and then there's this drive.

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G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3400 (PC4 27200) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3400C16D-16GTZ
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent memory, running it at XMP setting on a gigabyte mobo with the baseclock set at 102.5 so the memory is running at 3416 or something like that and is handling it just fine.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Very happy with this memory. At first I was not sure, I could not quite get it running at XMP, but then the mobo company updated the bios and now this runs at full XMP specs. So it was a mobo issue, not the memory. I actually didn't realize I was running it at 3416. I ran memtest to check for errors, none, so this memory has some elasticity so to speak. But I will not push it any farther. ONe a z170 mobo with the 6700k running at 4.6GHz, and with a very fast pci-e 3.0 x4 ssd, this system is just amazingly fast.

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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs So far so good, still learning, not without some problems, nothing major, and major kudos to the egg 04/11/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Update, there's a new bios, F7, I downloaded and installed via the Q Flash utility, very nice and easy. The F7 is intended to address XMP issues, and now my memory runs at XMP 3400 plus a few more as I have bumped by base clock to 102.5 with a multiplier set at 45 for a speed of just over 4.6GHz running on air, under load temp tops out at low 80s running with vcore set to 1.38.

I have had NO sound problems, others seem to have experienced this. Mine is running fine.

I just had Xfinity increase my home internet speed, and now I am using the Killer network adapter, I swear, it works better than the Intel with increased speed. I know that sounds a bit far-fetched, but I have found it to be true.

This board so far has been everything I have wanted. Very pleased.

Gigabyte does little things like have slight indentations where this board fits on the standoffs. Nice touch. Everything has worked well so far with some reservations (see cons) but not enough to take off an egg. I got this as part of a package with the 6700k and the 16G of G.Skill memory and it is a very fast system. Everything works pretty well. I installed a pci-e 3.0 x 4 256G drive in the mobo slot and it was immediately recognized and had no trouble installing Windows 10. I am still learning about this mobo so I will add another review down the road, but very pleased right now. I am running a steady OC at 4.5 GHz at 1.35 vcore and under load it does not exceed low 80s C using an air cooler.

Cons: There was a slight bend in my mobo, so I RMAed it (see below) and got another and it too has a slight bend in it though not as bad as the first one, works fine. But odd. I wish I could OC this system a bit more, but that may be the chip I have. Also, I cannot get my ram to run at XMP without some weirdness, so I have it running at 2800 (SMP would be 3400) and it runs very well at that setting. .

Other Thoughts: 6 - 7 eggs to neweggs for taking back my first board, sending me a shipping label, with the turnaround from my residence in Utah back to Newegg and then a new mobo in my hands in less than one week. I mean, that is outstanding (probably should applaud fedex and UPS, too). But I mean, that is extraordinary customer service. I always shop Newegg, my first new build in 4 years, and Newegg will continue to get my money and I'll be happy to give it to them when they treat me so well.

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Display Name: Martin T.

Date Joined: 06/02/02

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  • First Review: 06/25/06
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