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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Easy setup.
Works as designed with few noticeable flaws (at first).
Great layout design.
Cons: Dies within 2 months.
Build quality issues.
Poor RMA support.
Other Thoughts: I bought this because it had a solid 4 eggs on Newegg and it had positive reviews on other websites. I have bought Gigabyte and Asus in the past and felt they were at least on-par. I was wrong.
The board started flaking out on me (bluescreens, random reboots) about a month in. Within 2 months of ownership, the board completely died to the point that it would not power on. Clicking the power button did nothing. I checked all the connections, RAM, and removed every unnecessary component. This was a new build with all new components so I was leery of just assuming it was the MoBo. But, after some extensive testing, I came to the conclusion that it was the board. RMA time.
The Gigabyte RMA site is a nightmare. The instructions are less than stellar and there's no way to contact a person. Additionally, once you do get your board onto their radar, you get no notification of what to do next or that they've approved your request (in the form of an e-mail or call, or such). You just have to assume someone saw what you did and then ship in your board on faith. Scary.
After about 10-15 days, my "new" board arrived in an unmarked, plain box. No explanation of what was wrong with the old one or even if this was a new one. Again, not stellar.
I installed the new board and pushed the go-juice button. Fired up on the first try and even had some power management capabilities in Win7 that I had assumed were a software/drivers issue. Great!
2 weeks later and it bluescreened again. A day after that it started randomly rebooting. Less than a week after the first bluescreen, I went to use the computer and found it off. No one had turned it off. I pushed the power button and nothing happened. Tried reconnecting the power cables and flipping the PSU switch on/off before trying again. Nothing. Waited a day, checked the power to the machine and ... she's dead, Jim. Looks like I'll be buying that ASUS after all.
All in all, NOT a happy customer. Stay away.
This review is from: LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM
Pros: Plays and burns DVDs just great. Burns Blu-Ray.
Cons: Doesn't ship with Linux software for playing MOST Blu-Ray discs. This is a MAJOR drawback for HTPC builders.READ FULL REVIEW