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GIGABYTE GA-B85N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs A fine choice if you don't install Gigabyte's software 04/08/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-B85N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Makes efficient use of space. With some planning you can fit a pretty decent sized cooler without affecting the memory (although I suggest going with low profile sticks). Integrated audio gets the job done, and the WiFi is a nice touch. It's not Intel like the LAN chip, but it's sufficient for most.

Cons: My only REAL qualm with this is Gigabyte's utilities. For whatever reason my FPS in several games including Titanfall was dropping to 5-15 consistently. I noticed some of the settings in EasyTune or whatever were a bit weird, so I uninstalled the AppCenter and the problem was gone.

I'm also not a huge fan of the BIOS. I know they're not Asus and it is a low end chip, but some more complex fan controls would be nice especially since I'm recommending against using their software.

Other Thoughts: System specs:
i5-4570S
Gigabyte GA-B85N-WIFI ITX motherboard
Powercolor Radeon R9 270 (OC'd to 1050/1500)
Crucial 1 x 8GB DDR3 1600 low profile
Crucial M500 240GB
Silverstone RVZ01
Silverstone 450W Bronze PSU

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SilverStone RAVEN Series RVZ01B Black Reinforced plastic outer shell, steel body Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case SFX Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Layout makes excellent use of limited airflow. High quality and quiet case fans that move plenty of air even with the dust filters installed. Everything is safely secured, and there's even a little bracket with some rubber to hold the graphics card in place. All the materials from the metal chassis to the plastic shroud and aesthetic bits are very high quality and very sturdy.

Cons: As should be expected with SFF builds, actually building inside this case is quite a process especially since everything is isolated. DO NOT forget to plug anything in before final assembly, or you will bash your head against the wall. Even the power switch for the PSU is impossible to get to after full assembly.

It also takes quite a bit of planning to route cables. There's very limited room to stuff the excess, and you must be very careful not to leave anything in the path of any fan blades.

Other Thoughts: System specs:
i5-4570S
Gigabyte GA-B85N-WIFI ITX motherboard
Powercolor Radeon R9 270 (OC'd to 1050/1500)
Crucial 1 x 8GB DDR3 1600 low profile
Crucial M500 240GB
Silverstone RVZ01
Silverstone 450W Bronze PSU

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PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 270 2GBD5-TDHE/OC Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs everything I throw at it, including BF4 and Titanfall at max settings and 1080p. Dual fan cooler is quiet yet powerful. I've got it overclocked to 1050/1500 and it doesn't get any louder than it was at stock.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: System specs:
i5-4570S
Gigabyte GA-B85N-WIFI ITX motherboard
Powercolor Radeon R9 270 (OC'd to 1050/1500)
Crucial 1 x 8GB DDR3 1600 low profile
Crucial M500 240GB
Silverstone RVZ01
Silverstone 450W Bronze PSU

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Display Name: SEAN T.

Date Joined: 08/12/08

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  • First Review: 12/23/08
  • Last Review: 04/08/14
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