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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great list of features that include all the new goodies that Z97 has to offer which allow you to build a very powerful system at a reasonable price.

SIV app is showing correct RAM clocks, something the SOC FORCE board was incapable of.

4.4GHz OC wasn't stable with stock RAM clocks no matter what I tried. On a whim I enabled XMP 2400MHz after also using VRIN LLC to get a stable OC in IBT. Very strange indeed! This is a pro and con because it was making me second guess my settings and the abilities of the hardware I was using.

Able to achieve same 4.4GHz overclock on this board as I was able to with the SOC Force board. Neither board could surpass 4.4GHz with the particular i7 4770k chip I purchased for testing the 2 boards.

VRIN LLC set to turbo gives 1.812V Nice to see that this value is being adjusted which definitely helps in OC of Haswell chips. This VRIN LLC also raises VCore, so this is something to be mindful of!

Cons: Can't install Windows via USB 3.0 port; driver missing. This happened with the Z97X SOC Force board as well. The Z87X-UD5H had only USB 3.0 ports and it had no issue with flash drive Windows install.

Board adds additional voltage compared to BIOS settings. I know from my experience with the Z97X-SOC FORCE board that the Gigabyte System Info Viewer Utility is dead-on accurate for voltages being applied as they matched exactly to what I read with a digital multimeter. This board is applying 0.022-0.034V additional to CPU core; RAM receiving 0.018 additional respectively. I have said this in many reviews that setting a manual Voltage, on any motherboard, can be dangerous especially if you're trying to push your hardware to the limit. You must have ample cooling to be certain you don't damage the board and CPU. I really don't understand why any manufacturer can't just apply the voltage you set in BIOS.

4.4GHz OC wasn't stable with stock RAM clocks no matter what I tried. On a whim I enabled XMP 2400MHz after also using VRIN LLC to get a stable OC in IBT. Very strange indeed!

Can't manually choose 1.65V for RAM. This is odd as 1.65V is the most common voltage for nearly any performance oriented RAM.

If a manual voltage is applied for RAM, enabling XMP profile does not apply XMP voltage. Must reset voltage to auto.

SIV app alters what fan settings you have chosen in the BIOS until you alter the settings in the SIV windows app.

Other Thoughts: Board feels a bit light compared to others I have worked with; but it didn't stop the board from performing.

Windows install loaded very quickly via flash drive; some boards tend to lag before you can continue through the prompts.

I initially had issues with Windows installation, but this turned out to be a faulty Kingston V300 SSD. After looking into Kingston's recent shady dealing with these drives, I would avoid that particular model like the black plague!

Complete Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installation with 1 reboot and connecting to Google.com in 10 min 10 sec.

Use Europe mirror for driver downloads.

The Microsoft Hotfix for Intel Management Engine Interface is included with the IMEI driver download in a folder, as well as a separate download on the site. This hotfix is not necessary if your Win7 is up to date.

If using an AIO water cooler, be sure to set whichever fan header you plug the pump into to FULL ON. The PWM/auto function will not run the pump at full speed. This can cause a gurgling/cavitating water sound that is very annoying!

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SYBA SD-ADA40077 mSATA SSD to 2.5-inch SATA Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs mSATA Cloner 06/11/2014

This review is from: SYBA SD-ADA40077 mSATA SSD to 2.5-inch SATA Adapter

Pros: It's small, light, and functional.

Includes tiny screws to attach mSATA Drive.

Fantastic write speeds when cloning mSATA SSDs.

Win8.1 Pro image clones on Crucial M550 through USB3 dock in 4 minutes!

USB connection possible

Lifetime warranty

Multipe mounting options

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: 10mm thick. Keep this in mind if you were planning on using this, with a mSATA drive, in a newer laptop that requires a thin 2.5" drive.

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IOGEAR GBU421 USB Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs MotionInJoy Glory 06/11/2014

This review is from: IOGEAR GBU421 USB Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter

Pros: PS3 DualShock3 on a PC with this little guy!

Get MotionInJoy drivers and follow the instructions to sweet and familiar controller gaming on your PC!

Price!

Blue LED indicator lets you know when things are working and isn't "all in your face' like most blue LEDs.

Cons: Definitely not

Other Thoughts: Just buy it!

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Display Name: Robert M.

Date Joined: 09/28/09

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  • First Review: 10/21/11
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