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Pros: This is my second Gigabyte MB and my first purchase was the GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5. I was very happy with that board and decided to upgrade my main PC with this purchase, the GA-Z97X-UD3H (rev. 1.2). My reason with going with Gigabyte was that the bios was easy to navigate and fairly easy to pick up, it was a matter of getting use to something new. If you're purchasing this to build a new PC then you must be familiar with PC builds, researching which boards are good, or checking out reviews; I had no issues with this board when installing the parts that I had except that I had to make sure I installed the parts in a certain order because of the CPU cooler that is installed. Overall, the board is an excellent upgrade with the i7-4790k.
Cons: I had not issues with physical installation of the board and no startup problems.
Not a con for the board but with installed parts:
The CPU cooler I used is huge but it fits nicely in the Corsair Carbide 500R case. I had to install the M.2 SSD first as well as the memory modules that I had, the outter fan of the Noctua can be easily adjusted to fit over taller memory modules but they may not be the issue because the main radiator sits over the memory slots and cannot be adjusted. You may have to research and check if your memory will fit underneath this cooler.
Other Thoughts: My build:
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB (see cons)
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Sapphire Radeon R9 FURY X
Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
This review is from: AMD Gift - Star War - Digital Download
Pros: Very easy to pick up and play, no need to learn any new key bindings because there isn't. awsd + 123. Thend. Don't expect a story just hope you'll play the other maps if anyone else is playing. I have yet to play Jakku because no one seems to be online playing the map. >.<
Cons: Repetitive gameplay, you need to play a long time before receiving new upgrades, there doesn't seem to be enough players online for some of the maps.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It installs nicely in the new Air 240 MicroATX case without any issues and it feels solid. I also have an ASUS board on my other computer and being familiar with the bios system, it was only a matter of time and exploring the new GUI bios of Gigabyte. Pressing F2 brought me 3 different bios screens, one being GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS, advance mode, and (I think) easy mode. I believe the DualBIOS mode allows you to recover from a main bios failure. See link:
I was glad to have the MB work out of the box with no issues and as with most new MB installs, I had to initially install the drivers with the disc that was provided otherwise the LAN port would not work properly or at all. I also OCd my i5-4790k to 3.7ghz with auto settings and had no issues with instability, I know I can go more and will increase it in the near future. I also installed the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 500GB - MZ-N5E500BW and it worked properly with no issues. It was my first M.2 and it felt awkward installing it at an angle then pressing it down to secure it with a screw. If you're going to use the M.2 to install the OS, I read online that it will be easier to only have that connected so the storage can be easily identified. I have 2x500GB and were identified as volume0 & volume1, I didn't want to guess so I shut it down and disconnected. Overall, I'm glad it worked right out of the box.
Cons: I would have liked that the LAN ports would work without using the install disc and the software application that comes with it. I'm afraid to uninstall it afterwards because it may not work but with windows 10, it may have find a driver for it? I prefer that Windows handles the ports without any bloatware.READ FULL REVIEW