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Pros: Runs faster than my 990XA motherboard with a Vishera FX-6350. On board Intel NIC is faster than a separate Intel NIC card that I was using on my previous MB.
Cons: The board has an issue when using 4 sticks of memory. It also has an issue with the SD Extreme SSD drive. I was getting 4 BSOD’s a day – even when the PC was idle, for no reason. Each time it would give a different error. I am using the G-Skill memory that is on the QVL list and it just so happened that it is the same memory I was using on my previous Gigabyte MB without any issues. But just to rule out a possible memory issue, I ran memtest 86 overnight and the memory passed with no errors. I then decided to use a pair of WD Black edition HD’s in Raid 0, and thought that this would resolve the BSOD issues as I had read that the SSD I was using has caused issues with Z87 based MB’s. After going through a fresh install of W7 again, I was now getting 2 BSOD’s a day. At this point, I was clueless. I thought that after numerous builds using Gigabyte MB’s, I had got a defective MB. I started to do some research and found that this seems to be a common issue regardless of the MB manufacturer when using 4 sticks of ram on a Z87 MB. Thanks to a review here on Newegg, I found the answer. It turns out that the bios does not properly detect the correct voltage when using 4 sticks of Ram, but not so when using only 2 sticks of ram, as most people have. When I checked the voltage setting in the bios, they were detected as 1.46v, the memory should be at 1.5 volts. After manually adjusting the memory voltage, no more BSOD’s.
Other Thoughts: I think that GB should correct this issue in a future Bios release, as I have the latest bios revision, F9. Additionally, the manufacturer should post this on their web site, as there is no mention of it what so ever. Up until this point, I have always used AMD MB’s and CPU’s and have used Gigabyte MB’s but found that Intel has a better CPU and chipset. I got the i5-4670 CPU and it runs faster that the Vishera 6350. Additionally, certain apps run better with an Intel. I read recently that other than gaming software, other software manufacturers do not totally support AMD CPU’s to take full advantage of it. As always, Newegg had the best price and fast shipping.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua A-Series NF-A4x10 40mm Blades with AAO Frame, SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan
Pros: Very Quiet fan. Has additional connectors so that you can vary the speed - but who would need them - the fan is quiet at full speed.
Cons: Had to purchase it from another on-line vendor because their normal price for this fan is 14 bucks with free shipping
Other Thoughts: I purchased the fan to replace a failing fan in a NSA-310 NAS device. The Connector on the original fan was a mini 3-plug connector, so I cut it off, used a 3 pin female connector from a Molex 4 Pin to 3 Pin adaptor and made a mini to standard size 3 pin adaptor. Works great and is so quiet, I have to check and make sure it is working from time to time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler Generation 4 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model DTIG4/32GB
Pros: Works great and fast when connected to USB 3.0
Other Thoughts: Kingston has never let me down from Thumb Drives to PC memory. I have a Kingston USB thumb drive that is almost 10 years old and is a 512 MB drive and it still works great. I would buy Kingston products againREAD FULL REVIEW