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Will not install
Cons: Replaced an eVGA GTX 960 with this nightmare and REGRET IT!!!!
This card comes with nothing, just a card and a box. No accessories, no adapters, nothing. It's just in a box. It's not even shrink wrapped!!!
I have tried 5 times to install the latest drivers from Nvidia and use what was on the Gigabyte driver disk. THIS CARD WILL NOT WORK WITH Windows 10 64bit!!!!!
Other Thoughts: I stopped buying Gigabyte motherboards years ago because of their horrible BIOS issues.
I took a chance on this Gigabyte product. I guess I will try Gigabyte in another 3 years to see if they have gotten it together. In the mean time I am once again DONE with Gigabyte. They let me down EVERY TIME!!!
Pros: Absolutely NONE
This drive was free to me. I will throw it in the trash. Even it had worked, I would not risk any of my data on it for any length of time.
Cons: Seagate has to be one of THE WORST companies to deal with. It takes class action law suits to even try to make them stop selling defective products. I finally got the message a couple of years ago as I culled thousands of dollars of defective Seagate drives from servers and trashed them. I am done with Seagate.
Oh... this drive was Dead on Arrival. Big surprise....
Spend the extra $20 and get a better drive. Buy "right" the first time.
Other Thoughts: Seagate warranties are worth less than the paper they are written on. Been there, done that. Send your bad Seagate drive back via RMA and you will get another bad drive back which will either be DOA or fail in short order taking your data with it...
Repeat this process until your learn your lesson and buy another brand or tire of it and just give up. Either way Seagate wins.
Stop rewarding criminal activity, vote with your dollars and buy something else. I cannot wait until SSDs catch in capacity and Seagate disappears as a company. Good riddance.
Pros: This is just a well rounded board.
My 6700K was recognized without issue.
I really love how ASRock ZIP ties their motherboards into a foam protective packing carrier placed inside the static bag which itself rests inside the main mobo box.
I have been VERY impressed with the reliability of this and every other ASRock motherboard I have purchased in the last couple of years. I personally own 6 ASRock boards (X99, three Z97's, one Z170 and a Z77 Pro. I have also purchased another 6 or more for friends or clients which I have also setup.
I really have to give ASRock credit in the BIOS department. Their layout is intuitive and easy to navigate. I have stopped buying another brand because of all the problems with multiple memory modules and just overall stability. Once again ASRock gets it right. My memory runs at it's rated speed without any special sub timing tweaks. Just set XMP and verify voltage and keep it moving.
I have not run into issues with combinations of PCIe expansion cards either. Sometimes cards either use up too much address space with their ROMs or cause other clashes with the MOBO BIOS. Not my ASRock. I can use PCIe x8 cards, sound cards, Host Bus Adapters (HBA's), RAID cards, etc.. without issues.
The extra case drive bay mounted front ports seem like a nice extra but I have no need for them in a HTPC chassis.
Oh and Thank YOU for using Intel LAN chips. Kudos.
High quality power stage and components.
Another will for ASRock
Cons: Not a single complaint....
I would like to see more attention put on electrical isolation of at least 1 USB port for external DAC use.
Other Thoughts: Setup:
nMediaPC home theater case
ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ board (of course)
16gb (2x8GB) G.Skill DDR4-3000 RAM 15-15-15-35
Intel i7-6700k CPU
Coolermaster Gemin2 S524 ver 2 Lower profile CPU cooler
eVGA Supernova 750 watt Platinum P2 power supply
Samsung SW951 M.2 SSD (120gb)
Intel XF 99083 10GB/Sec fiber optic NIC
eVGA GTX 960
Samsung 65js8500 65" 4K TV
Elfidelity PWM fan noise filters
Asus Xonar Essence STX w/Muses02 Op-Amps
Gustard X20-U DAC
Logitech K830 backlit media center keyboard
Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD sine wave UPS
Windows 10 x64 Enterprise
This is primarily use as a home Theater PC with a concentration on quality 2 channel Audio.
Windows 10 was chosen for it's quality audio playback.
All Windows 10 apps were removed and constant Microsoft telemetry (spyware) was removed or blocked. Fidelizer 7 Pro is also being used for further lessen Win 10 background processes and services. Foobar2000 is being used for audio and Xonar Unified 3rd party audio drivers for enhanced stability. XBMC/Kodi is used for Home Theater duty.
Much effort was made to keep electrical noise to a minimum hence the use of PWM fan electrical noise filters. No motherboard headers such as USB or front panel audio were used. No SATA connectors or even the built in NICs were used as to not have copper wiring that could introduce electrical noise. I chose a fiber optic NIC since fiber is immune to electrical noise.
Isolated USB power is of great importance for connecting a USB DAC (digital analog converter). Isolating electrical noise is VERY high on the list for audio playback as dirty power shows up a digital jitter causing brightness/harshness and poor imaging etc.