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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Was a good motherboard if you still wanted to live with Windows 7 of the past

Cons: You'll never see a post ever again after trying to update to Windows 10 build 1607. The board continually loops and CTRL ALT DEL won't get you into the BIOS which is now corrupted. I had the latest F15 BIOS as well. At first, I thought it was a fluke and questioned the Gigabyte techs about it. Their support has really gone downhill since the great recession and people leaning toward mobile PCs. I wasted a lot of time and money on 3 identical boards and all 3 eventually fell into the "loop syndrome". I built about half a dozen PCs for customers and myself with this model board. Only one hasn't suffered this malady and it's because the customer (a doctor) chose to remain with Windows 7! Man, was I lucky he didn't follow my advice to upgrade to Windows 10. I even paid $80 for a used "pristine" board (the board is no longer being manufactured) and that was when I discovered what the real problem was! I can only hope that Gigabyte will repair the BIOS or the board. Whichever one is at fault! If you can't get past the looping, you certainly will never be able to re-install Windows because the board never completes the POST! VERY BAD NEWS!

Other Thoughts: I've bought dozens of motherboards from Gigabyte and, if it doesn't accommodate me on this MAJOR problem, I'll never buy or recommend their products to anyone again! Go to their support site. They have the Windows 10 drivers and BIOS for it.

ASRock H270M-ITX/ac LGA 1151 Intel H270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Motherboards - Intel
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Pros: Nice compact Mini ITX motherboard with all the trimmings
Love the fact that the WIFI module also supports 5Ghz band
It supports NVMe SSD as a boot disk which sealed the deal for me
UEFI features are a PLUS
The TASRock Live Update & APP Shop are a nice touch. I hope they continue to support the board into the immediate future
7.1 Channel Sound

Cons: Wish there were more fan headers because the Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake I'm using runs quite hot without overclocking
The heat from the processor and 1060 Mini video card must be vented out of the Mini ITX case, still seeking better cooling solutions other than liquid cooling

Other Thoughts: Great value for PC builders, if they're still out there. I don't follow trends and Apple products aren't upgrade-able. I've built all my Mini ITX PCs this way and most of them are still running. Very satisfied with this build
S/N 6CM0XB259920

Noctua NH-L9i 95mm SSO2 CPU Cooler
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5 out of 5 eggs Good enough value for my needs 03/02/2017

This review is from: Noctua NH-L9i 95mm SSO2 CPU Cooler

Pros: Noctua quality; reasonable price, mostly favorable reviews at all web sites

Cons: This cooler won't bring my CPU to ambient temperature but, after a few days for the thermal paste to melt in, it remains in low 30s Celsius, of course)

Other Thoughts: Most Intel CPUs run hot, especially the latest ones due to the narrow thickness and continuing defiance of companies to conform to Moore's Law. I only have a 4790 on an 1150 motherboard in a Mini-ITX case but I wanted it that way. I usually build a PC every 2 or 3 years so why spend a pile of money just to be the leader of the pack for a few months? The machine is plenty fast enough for me, running an SSD on WIndows 10 with a Nvidia960 and 16 GB RAM. I don't overclock much either so what's the point in getting liquid cooling? I'm too old to have a sugar mama to give me a hefty allowance for my passions. Even after a heavy load of multi-tasking, the temps drop down to the low 30s fast enough for me. I chose wisely so the cooler and all the other parts didn't break the bank either.


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Display Name: Ron P.

Date Joined: 09/01/02

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 03/09/14
  • Last Review: 03/28/17
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