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GIGABYTE GA-B85N Phoenix-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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

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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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.

Cons: None

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.

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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-2807 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini-PC Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've always been very critical of Celeron processors, but the Celeron in this little box packs a wallop. I set it up for my in-laws, and it runs great. Surprisingly able to handle some low-range gaming (Minecraft, Burnout: Paradise on low). If I had the money, I would certainly buy it again.

Cons: Nothing to report at this time.

Other Thoughts: Pay attention to what memory you put in this box. I didn't chance it and bought a 4GB stick of G.Skill DDR3L memory. Throw in a decent sized SSD and you have one heck of a cheap little Windows PC.

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Display Name: Robert H.

Date Joined: 11/18/07

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 01/03/08
  • Last Review: 07/09/15
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