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Pros: Aesthetically speaking, this board is very pleasing to the eye and is something I wouldn't be ashamed of showing off in an open window case. I'm also particularly pleased with the metal reinforcement around the PCI-E slots to accommodate the heavier video cards that keep coming out. I'm not sure someone has ever had their PCI-E ports ripped off their board by a video card, but it provides a comfort knowing they are reinforced. Having come from an older Asrock board that was black with gold circuit lines, I am enjoying the subtleness of this board and its hidden circuit lines.
My initial thoughts on the bios are wow, there are a lot of options here. A lot of options I'm not sure I clearly understand, even with having a pretty extensive overclocking background. Coming from my prior motherboard, I had to change maybe a handful of parameters and I was running a consistent (not turbo) 4.8 Ghz. I'm not a fan of turbo, I prefer to run at a consistent speed all of the time. With this board, I struggled with configuring it, but I was able to turbo it to a stable 4.8 Ghz no problem. I'm still learning this board, even after having it for a few months on how I'm going to get it to go consistent 4.8 and not turbo, but that'll come with time. Updating the bios to the latest version was as easy as you expect with new motherboards. No issues there.
Features wise, the board offers many options, but you can read about those below in Newegg's description. The one feature I am most excited about with this board over my older board is the M.2. I don't have M.2 SSDs yet ($$$), but when I do, you bet I will be installing them and benching the heck out of this board.
All in all, for a motherboard I'm impressed with it and probably one of the only components I've given 5 eggs.
Side note and this should go without saying, when buying a motherboard, please always remember to check Gigabyte's site for compatible memory. It will save you the heartache of buying the wrong memory and it causing you to incorrectly blame the motherboard.
Cons: Cons wise, they are minor. The first is the mouse interaction within the bios. It can be clunky at times and slow to select. The other issue is with how complicated the bios is for overclocking. If you are going to just turbo overclock, sure it is easy, but if you want to get a consistent stable overclock (not turbo), then you and I have a lot more reading to do.
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte, you might have me pledging allegiance to your brand over Asrock for producing this board.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership Card
Pros: Not much to say about Xbox Live gold membership cards other than they work when you enter the key and if you keep watching them, you can get a good price. If you are purchasing this membership card, you are already aware of the benefits it offers, no need to repeat.
Cons: Price, depending on purchase date/time?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RTCG-Q2612A Toner Cartridge 2,200 Pages Yield; Black
Pros: From a value perspective, why spend more on original brand when this does the same thing at the same quality (IMO). I consistently get a high quantity of prints from it and don't get smudge/blemish marks.
Cons: None that I can think of, other than being cheaper?
Other Thoughts: I'm glad Newegg sells the Rosewill printer cartridges, because I would hate having to buy an original brand print cartridge. My printer is getting older (HP 1020), but keeps on chugging with these cartridges.READ FULL REVIEW