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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy setup
Perfectly fine motherboard layout
Feature Rich
Great price/performance with AMD APUs or an X4 with a dedicated GPU.

Cons: BIOS needed some tweaking

Other Thoughts: The primary complaint on this board seemed to be the BIOS update for Kaveri CPUs not being done out of box, which is no longer a problem and wasn't when I purchased this board in April.

Other complaints seem to be from people that did poor planning for a M-ITX build. Do your research and make sure your parts are compatible with each other and you shouldn't have any problems using this board.

NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Product 05/26/2014

This review is from: NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller

Pros: Easy Installation
Custom colors
Simple to use

Cons: Included adhesive

Other Thoughts: For the price on sale this was an easy choice for me. The mesh front of the NZXT Hue goes well with the mesh front of my case (CM 690 III).

I was looking at all kinds of options and was about to pull the trigger on custom LEDs that I would solder wiring to then came across the Hue. The knobs on the front make it easy to turn on/off, adjust colors and cycle between lighting modes.

The strip of LEDs seem to be of pretty high quality; it is nice and rubbery to simplify routing it through the inside of your case without worrying much about breaking it. If you have a side window on your case, I easily recommend grabbing one of these.

The only suggestion I have for anyone getting this is to make sure to clean the inside of your case well before installing the LED strip, especially with alcohol along the section you will be sticking them too. The adhesive that comes pre-installed on the bottom of the strip isn't the greatest so if you stick it on a dusty area or have to pull it back up for adjustments after sticking it down it won't stay down, particularly along the top of the case.

After seeing the adhesive wouldn't hold at the top after installing the strip I ended up grabbing some 3M double sided mounting tape from Home Depot and cut then installed the tape in the case where I wanted the LEDs run. I removed the included adhesive then pressed the LED strip down on the mounting tape and it holds WAY better. I'm not going to take an egg off for that though 'cause even with having to use a different tape I am SO impressed with how awesome this has made my case look.

Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - High performance cooling
- Quiet; the NF-F12 is not silent, but it's the quietest air cooler fan I've ever used and works perfectly with the NH-U12 heat-sink.
- The way the heat-sink mounts is very easy and SUPER effective

Cons: - Fan color is not for everyone, personally I think Noctua fans look great
- Although it works perfectly and makes for an easy installation, I'm not a huge fan of the clips that secure the fans to the heatsink.
- Doesn't cool as well as water cooling, but that's a given.

Other Thoughts: I had an AMD FX branded AIO water cooler give out after putting some NF-F12s on it to quiet the thing down (It was the built in pump going bad, not the fans) and it took out the motherboard with it.

Since I already had a couple NF-F12s I came across this and decided to go with air cooling from Noctua instead of another AIO water-cooler.

I am very happy with the look and performance of the NH-U12S. It isn't ridiculously big like some other air coolers and looks more professional/distinguished than a lot of other coolers that look like the owner is trying to compensate for something else in their life with.

If you are lucky enough to get another NF-F12 to use with this, make sure to follow the instructions and use the fatter anti vibration pads on the back fan (the exhaust fan)


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Display Name: Sean M.

Date Joined: 11/13/04

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  • First Review: 10/25/13
  • Last Review: 08/05/14
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