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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 6 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Amazing features for the price, looks great! 04/07/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 6 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: No other way to say this: the Gaming 6 is awesome! Here's what I liked about it:
- Fantastic USB port selection, including USB 3.1 and USB 3.1 Type-C
- Booted up instantly with my 6700K. I used the EasyTune application to set a 4.4GHz/1.24V overclock, which is simply exceptional and far better than I was able to achieve on a competing board.
- the matte black finish, with very limited visible circuitry, is simply breathtaking. It looks so much sleeker and future-gen than competing Z170 board. I'm really not sure how Gigabyte did this!

Cons: - The AutoTune extreme setting came up with a 4.6GHz overclock at 1.31V, which was OK, but it tuned by 3000MHz memory down to 2133MHz. I passed on that and stuck with the pre-set EasyTune 4.4GHz overclock on my 6700K.
- The only difference between this board and the Gaming 5 is the additional shroud over the I/O ports. Not sure that's actually worth the price premium, but it does look a whole lot better!

Other Thoughts: I've been sitting on this board for a while, waiting for the chance to upgrade from a similarly-priced board from a very big competitor of Gigabyte's (the biggest, actually). Seeing a highly-negative review of the Gaming 6 on a reputable review site ([H]OCP) gave me the push I needed. They said they actually had trouble booting the board, and I just couldn't believe it could be that bad. Sure enough, they were wrong. This board booted instantly, is packed with features, is well built, and frankly looks better than any board I've ever used, and I've used a lot!

Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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4 out of 5 eggs Improvement on earlier version 03/20/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: I compared this cooler back-to-back against the original H100i cooler on the same system. In short, Corsair has tweaked the design to optimize it, but it's not radically better. Basically, the radiator is more efficient and the fans run at lower RPM. I found that in Quiet Mode (using CorsairLink's presets), the temperatures were actually 2C higher both at load and idle, while noise levels were the same at idle but 2-3dB lower at load.

The real changes are in "Performance" mode, which was intolerably loud before. Now Performance mode yields temperatures similar to the previous cooler's Quiet mode, but with slightly lower noise levels.

Cons: Don't kid yourself - lower RPMs do lead to higher temperatures. There is no way this cooler can match the old H100i with it's ultra-loud 2700RPM fans.

Also, while installation has been simplified versus the H100i (much better bracket, no SATA power cable), the hoses are so thick that they actually have become hard to bend. And because of this issue, I found that they basically touched my rear 120mm case fan. This wasn't a problem with the older H100i.

Finally, despite being the same size class, this cooler is actually thicker than the H100i. Whereas the H100i fit perfectly in my Corsair Carbide 500R's radiator compartment, the H100i v2 is too thick to fit without the case's top panel bulging.

Other Thoughts: Interestingly, by removing the SATA power connection that the older H100i used, the H100i v2 now draws power directly from the fan header, and it seems that motherboard controls will affect both fan speeds and pump speed. I didn't find anything in the manual regarding whether this is safe, but typically, coolers do not allow you to slow down the pump. Doing so most definitely allowed amazingly low noise levels at idle, but long-term this could cause a problem.

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) C16 Memory Kit - Red Model CMK16GX4M4A2666C16R
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Pros: Works as spec'd out of the box. Corsair offers best-in-class support, and even throws in an extra XMP profile for the tweakers out there: DDR4-2800, 16-18-18-37, at 1.35V.

Cons: Don't expect to get anything more out of this kit at 1.2V. It's maxed out, and unfortunately often comes in at a higher price than other kits with 15-15-15-35 timings or 15-17-17-35 timings. I tried both those settings and it didn't post.

Other Thoughts: I suspect this is the same kit as Corsair's DDR4-2133 13-15-15-28 1.2V kit, so owners of B150/H170 motherboards that can't access frequencies higher than 2133MHz may want to use this kit, since it's sometimes cheaper than the 2133MHz kit.


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