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Pros: There isn't a lot that I can find wrong with this laptop. I bought it to not really replace my desktop, but to supplement it. Currently my gaming rig lives at my business, so I wanted to have something at home that I could game on and this fit the bill. I've been able to run games, such as Fallout 4 and the Doom Open Beta, on high to max settings with no known issues. I find myself not missing my desktop a whole lot which...kind of makes me sad, but happy all at the same time. The red backlit keyboard is a nice touch as well (but can be shut off if you prefer to not have it on). I was looking at a Y50 before this, and I have to say that I'm not disappointed in grabbing this one instead.
Cons: The only two cons that I've really found with this laptop is the 5400RPM HDD (not a huge con as they at least used a Western Digital HDD) and the "Anti-Glare" screen. I quickly added an M.2 SSD and pulled the anti-glare screen protector off (it made things look a lot more foggy than I realized). Once pulled off the screen lit right up and looked more beautiful than imagined.
Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this laptop to someone looking for to go gaming laptop? I would. Would I buy it again? You bet! Chances are actually pretty good that, come next spring, I'll be buying two for my boys. While no, the battery doesn't last long when you game, it does last a long while for other things (4-6 hours). This is to be expected, though. Don't let this deter you, though, as this should come as no surprise.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Compact and full of great features, especially great for a Mini-ITX board. Wireless AC works beautifully (I'm usually getting ~35-50MBPS over a Wireless N network). The color scheme works great for my build as well. Plenty of SATA ports on the board for any Mini-ITX build. As for overclocking, I don't know as I haven't found a need to.
Cons: As mentioned earlier, most boards have some kind of RAID functionality, but this one does not and is typically a feature found on most motherboards. More fan connectors would have been great, too. Only two on the board, so I had to end up using a Y-splitter for the fans. As someone else mentioned, too, it would have been nice to see a video of the lights on the board. Had to go to YouTube just to find any kind of video review on the board, and it wasn't even in English.
Other Thoughts: My build, as follows:
CPU - Intel Core i7 4790k
RAM - 8GB G.Skill Orange Ares 1333MHz
SSD - OCZ 128GB
HDD - WD Blue 2.5" 1TB + WD Green 2.5" 2TB
MB - Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix
CASE - BitFenix Prodigy Orange w/ Black Mesh Front Panel
PSU - Corsair RM650
Pros: I previously had an AMD Athlon 760k which did it's job in my gaming rig. Being a long time AMD fan, I didn't really want to deviate from AMD for my processor, but unfortunately they've fallen short in the CPU market. After owning that for a year, I got fed up. I finally made the jump to Intel and I haven't regretted it since. Catzilla Benchmarks improved dramatically, and now I can run Tomb Raider (with a Zotac GTX 770 4GB) at ~60FPS maxed out instead of ~30FPS on Medium-High.
Other Thoughts: My Mini-ITX build is now jet fueled with both this processor and the Gigabyte GA-B85N Phoenix. I couldn't be happier. Also, if you're going to build a Mini-ITX system, I would highly recommend the BitFenix Prodigy. A great case, and if fans are setup properly, very quiet.READ FULL REVIEW