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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Motherboard, Software Not So Much 10/27/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board fired right up with no problems running Windows 8.1 and an Intel Core i7-4790K at 4GHz. The EasyTune software was automatically able to overclock to 4.8GHz. The onboard 7-segment displays are great for identifying progress through the POST and boot up. Board is very sturdy and looks nice in a windowed case.

Cons: The heatsink on the PCH is a little flimsy and feels like it may fall off at some time. It seems it may also make the PCH run a little warmer than other components on the board. The AppCenter software really needs some more work. Every time I boot up it tells me there is a new version ready to be installed and when I click on the OK button to install the alleged new software it doesn't do anything. There are four system fan headers on the motherboard but the System Information Viewer software shows only three. Last week the System Information Viewer stopped showing the live status of the voltage, temperature and fan speed.

Other Thoughts: System configuration is
Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Corsair Vengeance (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1600
Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 250GB Sata 6Gbs SSD
WD10EZRX 1TB SATA 6Gbs 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (2)
Corsair Carbide 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case

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CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It actually is a nice power supply, when the fan isn't running !!

Cons: Unbelievably loud fan noise. The Ong Hua HA1425H12B-Z fan Corsair decided to put in this power supply is of very poor quality and insanely loud. You can't even find a data sheet on this fan so who knows what kind of sweat shop it came out of. Once I saw just how subpar this fan was, I voided my warranty and tried to replace the HA1425H12B-Z with a Noctura NF-A14 FLX, Noctura NF-A14 PPC-2000 and a Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK3 to no avail. The problem is the high quality fans require at least 4.5V to run while the HA1425H12B-Z will run on as little as 3V. This means this power supply was designed specifically for this cheap fan and never intended for a quality fan from a reputable company.

Other Thoughts: I've owned Corsair power supplies in the past but the bitter disappointment in the HX750 will have me looking else where for my next power supply.

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Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs An Absolute Steal 05/28/2014

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Very sturdy with lots of cutouts for cable routing. No sharp edges on any of the metal. The stock Corsair fans, one 140mm in the front and a 120mm fan in the back, are fairly quiet. Very good airflow for a case this size. Both side panels are removable so routing cables and installing components is extremely easy.

Cons: A couple of more USB connectors on the front panel would be nice. Documentation was a little nebulous and nothing regarding how to remove the front panel by just pulling it from the bottom; I found that out by watching a YouTube video.

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Display Name: Paul K.

Date Joined: 07/26/05

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  • First Review: 05/28/14
  • Last Review: 10/27/14
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