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Pros: nice finish , I bought the charcoal grey/black one
plenty of air flow
comes with four of the seven fans case can hold.
white led light is different form normal but has switch to turn them off
front usb 3.0 with long cable
fan control switch
rubber gourmets for wire management
cutout hole behind motherboard makes it easy to change back
plates for a watercooler
Top area mounts a H100 watercooler
well packed in factory box (no extra packaging) and arrived in
has rebate , but its a mail in
Cons: case is flimsy built , I would except better quilty for a name like corsair and probably would not have bought it if I had seen it in person first
white led lights
rear fan can be replaced with small radiator but must be inside case
The recessed mobo area makes it even hard to work with new mobo 90 degree sata plugs
if you run large video cards you loss three hard drive bays (major disappointment) unlike a newegg's product video a 12" card stops right over the middle of the rubber gorument not back in the recessed area as shown in video and my 13.25" cards are in the hard drive bay area .
dealing with a mail in rebate
Other Thoughts: I watch neweggs product video allot before buying and was disappointed on this one. They need to correct the video so no one else is disappointed by there mistake about the video card length shown as it is NOT a 12" as stated I guess it was more like a 10" card. this factor limits me to only three hard drive bays for any people this many not be a issue but I needed all six .READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: *m-SATA on The board.
*all three pci slots are 3.0 so you don't get pulled down to 2.0 when using third video card
*you have two pci x1 slots still useable with video cards in place (one for wireless & Bluetooth)
* three 3.0 usb headers on the mobo plus some 2.0 (BUT only one is block form use by the video card though)
* does have a legacy slot if you need that for something
*front and rear firewire connections
*comes with a front panel plate with two 3.0 usb connection (which would be nice if you use a old style case with a 3.5" floppy drive bay)
Cons: * usb 3.0 headers #2 and #3 plus the usb 2.0 headers are blocked form use but the video card , probably something that should have been considered in the design process .
* The z77 heatsink is to tall and stops the pcix16 (1st slot) video card form fully seating in the slot but the card does still function that way. the video cards PCB rest FIRMLY on the heat sink and I have concern of the heat issues this may cause .
* front usb plate was a great idea but they don't supply a 5.25 plate for modern cases without old style floppy drive bays :( :(
*M-sata II slot does not have space for a full size ssd drive so you need to buy a pcb ssd drive and make sure it's the 50mm not 70mm that info isn't listed or answered by gigabyte and I hate to see some waste money on a card that is to long.
* Bios software it works but spread out not sure I really like this compared to others I have used
*No ps2 plugs --- even high end gamers MOBO"s still have at least one for the better response time.
Other Thoughts: Gigabites online tech service was great about answering question RIGHT UP UNTIL I bought the mobo , after which I have not had a response form them :(
one of the main reasons I bought this board was to run three video cards and with the issues mentioned above I can only run one without question /concern :( This alone already has me considered new mobos to replace this one since I specifically asked gigabyte about this before purchasing it.
I bought most of this computer build on newegg but did buy this MOBO on another site because of lower price and free shipping ,sorry newegg but figured I should add the review
Pros: its supposed to be the newest and best thing. ?
Lower power usage. +
smart response +
it is the I7-3770K +
Cons: The temp runs 5 to 10 degrees hotter then I expected even on a water cooler (about the same as my old cpu ran on air) there are many articles and reviews talking abot intels excessive use of thermal paste in the new ivybridge cpus and this may very well be the cause of the extra heat in my cpu but I have not removed it yet as that voids the warranty.
The supplied fan and heat sink (that no one uses) has to be removed form the box to get the cpu chip out of the box
PRICE is a big negitive , The price is much higher then the other major brand and just changing over I can't really say that the ivybrdige performance justified the additional price , personally I think I paid almost double for the intel name instead of improved performance.