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Pros: Probably the best CPU to buy on a budget. Single and Dual thread workloads are just as fast as much more expensive processors and the hyper-threading helps with rendering and new apps that can use 4 threads. For most things, its just as fast as my i5 4670k.
Cons: No turbo boost like on i5 or i7 cpus, no overclocking on any i3 cpus, and the stock cooler is trash. Hyper-threading only looks like a quad core, definitely not as fast a similar i5. My i5 runs circles around the i3 with rendering and other audio work that I do.
Other Thoughts: I pulled the mobo and cpu from an older amd build and for less than 200 dollars made a huge difference to my office machine. This is the best processor for the majority of people on the market, but gamers and video/cad/photo professionals will obviously need to look elsewhere.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D201TDB Black
Pros: File transfer is reasonably fast, especially compared to my old usb 2.0 external drive. 4tb is a great size for a full system recovery image of my current drive. No problems at all so far...
Cons: Included software is pointless and it takes longer to spin up than my previous external drive.
Other Thoughts: Great external drive for backups or a media drive plugged into our router.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Solid board that has been super reliable for overclocking and everything else once I figured out the problem. Looks awesome with my G skill ram and case and all the black caps look way better than my last board. Audio is surprisingly good with low ohm headphones, 32-60ish ohms.
Cons: 4 sticks of ram will create bsods at random several times a day. The board is extremely stable with 2 dimms filled, but I do have a fix. Raise the "System Agent Voltage" in the bios + .2 and all the stability problems with ram will vanish. I am now running 4x4 DDR3 ram and haven't had a single bsod since.
Forums are full of people having issues with all z87 gigabyte motherboards using 4 dimms of ram. Use the fix and be happily on your way. Definitely worth taking an egg off as it took forever to figure out.
Motherboard says it can push 600 ohm headphones, but it doesn't do it very well. My beyerdynamic dt 880 cans sound weak and thin with the on board audio, so now I am using an Asus STX Essence.
Other Thoughts: Great board other than the ram issue which is completely fixable, but it shouldn't have come from the factory that way. Slightly disappointed, but I've never had a gigabyte motherboard die on me so I am sticking with them.READ FULL REVIEW