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Pros: The UEFI on this board is easy to navigate and adjust, there are preset Overclock settings on the uefi as well as ai suite 3 for anyone that is new to OC. The armor on the front looks amazing and gives the board a slick look to it. As far as I can do it does little for heat, the armor on the back however is made of metal and used to provide resistance against board bends when screwing the board to the chassis or trying to implement one of those cheap intel cpu fans (who'd do that).
Cons: Crosschill: This isn't a bad con, and after research its not a huge worry but I do not like that the crosschill block was made using aluminum and not copper, so i have to remove an egg
Other Thoughts: Anyone who wants to watercool using a custom loop should look into the series 7 of this board which has the copper block, if that is not the case, and this board is cheaper I highly recommend the M6FREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Pretty Fast, stable processor. Low Power consumption when not being taxed.
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my new gaming rig to save some money because my last system had an i7 that never stressed itself out on performance. It works great so far, and I can even run some of my games on it with medium settings (i am still waiting for my video card to get shipped out).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Light weight, Powerful for its size, great resolution, LED back lit keyboard,
Cons: minimal I/O options, optical drive is replaced with secondary video card (forgivable but not the best design idea), can't really do too much while on battery power which defeats the purpose of having a portable system. I read great reviews on this system which drove me to purchase it and at first it was great until I got to playing games. The New tomb raider would only play on medium settings without any major framerate drops but was still laggy. I then tried some less visually intensive games such as SWTOR and the First Mass Effect and both had low frame rates on high settings. I then tested a game that I know isn't graphically intensive, and booted up a stock WoW account and that even was running slow. I boosted the system power settings and O/C'ed the GPU and adjusted the drivers but received little improvements. Too my surprise though, the system could handle a high Overclocking with little increase to its temperature or system performance. Only the primary GPU is set to run while on battery which makes running games on battery a mute point (id rather have the choice to play a game on the battery and have it run dead as opposed to feeling like i'm locked into having a slimmer smaller desktop).
Other Thoughts: This is more powerful than your average notebook, and probably a great system for the average gamer or somebody who wants to set up a portable media center, but for High end gaming i would not recommend this system.READ FULL REVIEW