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Pros: After going through every brand of motherboard multiple times over the years, I've come to find a genuine respect for Gigabyte's Ultra Durable line of boards.
I've never had a hardware problem with them. They've always run cool & reliably. The drivers have always been a breeze and worked well.
The best part is the price. For the price the UD boards have always represented the best bang for the buck.
If you're someone looking for a high quality motherboard, but don't want to pay the premium for the boards loaded with features you don't need; then look no further than the UD boards.
They have top-tier quality at mid-tier prices.
Other Thoughts: Good news, everyone! This is a great motherboard!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The GTX 660, much like the GTX 460 is a good card if you want decent mid-tier gaming performance without producing a lot of heat & noise.
Cons: ASUS is still using 4myrebate.com which is actually owned by Systemax (who is the parent company of Tiger Direct & Circuit City as well).
They are notorious for not honoring rebates. They have you fill out a request to send in a rebate electronically, which you then mail in with the UPC, etc.. like a traditional rebate.
Because they start it electronically they leave it in Processing when you check it, so you think it's being put through the system.
Then after you realize it's been quite a long time and still no rebate, you check the status. Then you find out they have denied it for every reason in the book. You try to contact them and all you get is a automated response telling you to call a phone number that makes you wait on hold for an hour before you give up.
Point being, this card WOULD have been 4 or 5 stars; but ASUS made the big mistake of using a shady rebate company from a company with a crooked history.
It's not worth the hassle & aggravation involved.
Other Thoughts: ASUS if you're reading this, get your act together!
STOP using 4myrebate. Until then I won't be factoring in the rebate to the cost for ASUS when comparing products to other brands.
This review is from: Battlefield 3 Limited Edition
Pros: I've been playing Battlefield games since the original 1942.
For a while they seemed to lose their way (Bad Company series which were console exclusive); but with BF3, D.I.C.E. came back strong.
They made a game that is not only gorgeous, but immerse and enjoyable in many ways that the original BF1942 and BF2 were.
My favorite Battlefield game is still Battlefield Vietnam.
I think it's because I loved being able to play fun songs from the era via the radio in the jeeps or choppers; while people piled in. It really created excitement, like everyone was rolling out together.
Hopefully, they'll release a modern game with some of the elements that BF:V had that made it so fun, down the line.
Cons: You can't play music from the vehicles like Battlefield Vietnam.READ FULL REVIEW