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GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Awesome…. For about a year and a half…. 07/07/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt

Pros: Setup was easy and it has all the features I needed for a medium level MB.

Cons: One day I notice my games are not running very smooth. During some system checks, I notice that Windows is only seeing 4 of my 8GB of memory. When I removed one of the sticks, and powered it back up, I instantly got rapid beeping. The typical response when you start up a PC with no memory. So, thinking I had a bad stick of memory, I swapped with the one I just took out, and got the same result. So now I’m thinking bad memory socket. But no… one or both in any other socket still did the same thing. The memory was tested in another PC, the same one I’m using to write this review, so it wasn't the issue. Now I believe it to be a bad memory controller and the board has been RMA’ed. Now I fear that I’ll get a refurb with all the mouse/keyboard issues I’m reading up on.

Other Thoughts: No other thoughts.... Just wondering how this will all play out. Who knows... I might be looking at a Haswell very soon.

ORICO PASMUS3-2P 2 - Port Desktop  PCI - E Express USB 3.0 Controller Adapter Card Extra Low - Profile PCI Bracket
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: You got'a love the aluminum case over the PCB. It's well made and gives it a nice touch of quality. Other than that, I assume the manufacturer choose a quality chip set for it. Everything works, and the transfer speeds are decent with 2.0 HDD's @30MB/sec average. I'm sure a 3.0 device will be much faster.

Cons: I purchased two of these for the same system, and I'm having difficulties getting both of them operational at the same time. I've confirmed that both work, but for some reason, my PC will usually only acknowledge the first one in the top PCIe 1X slot. When the MB fires up, it looks at all of it's expansions slots (I assume) starting from the top. And if both are plugged in, it always favors the one in the first PCIe 1X slot. Swapping them or just removing the top one only confirms they both work. This may be the fault of the MB or an outdated driver from the CD... which brings me to the next con...

I went to Orico's website and got the most current driver. It downloads as a RAR file, and every time I download it, it ends up being corrupt. So I had no choice but to use the CD.

Still, I'm going to go with everyone else's flow and give it 5/5, just because individually, they seem perfect.

Other Thoughts: Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH

My other thought is regarding the Molex power plug. Because I'm using two cards, one on each side of my GPU, and because they're so short, it make routing the power cables a bit of a headache. I'm using the stock cables that came with my Corsair AX 860i, and it's a problem. I need long single plug cables. The additional plugs on each cable are creating cable management issues. If I ever get both working correctly, I'll need to look into making some custom Molex cables to better clean up the wire mess.

Logitech G700s 910-003584 13 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired / Wireless Laser 8200 dpi Rechargeable Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Over all the mouse has a great feel and functions well. No button issues to speak of, the wireless seems very reliable. Button placement and whether or not you like the feel will very from person to person. I'd recommend looking at in store before committing to this or any other high end mouse.

Cons: Just like the G700 before it, the battery life is horrible. I understand that it's a gaming mouse and uses more power than say the Logitech M505... But still.... There is much middle ground that NEEDS to be met here. Why on Earth would you put a weak NiMH single cell in a power hungry mouse??? I don't know... maybe it was a space/size issue.

Other Thoughts: After "testing" a friends G700s for a few hours, I've concluded it's the same as my G700, only with new graphics. But they really need to invest more in this battery issue. My idea is a much longer lasting and REPLACEABLE LiPo battery. And for those that are really lazy, a changing dock you can drop it into like the old MX Revolution. Back to comparing the battery life to the M505, I don't expect 200+ day of use, but at least a week between charges would be nice. Having to plug it in every day is getting old and rapidly defeating the purpose of "wireless". Three days ago, I got sick of the dead battery and dropped in a regular old 1.5V alkaline cell. It's working good so far although the software reports my battery as dead. And if the extra voltage burns up my mouse, I think I could care less... I'll just move back to a corded gaming mouse.


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Display Name: Matt A.

Date Joined: 11/07/06

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  • Last Review: 07/07/14
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