Runs great8/1/2016 4:17:07 PM

Pros: I mainly heavily use it for Final Fantasy XIV, and some processing with SETI@home stuff. I easily get 60 FPS on FFXIV at maximum settings, and consistently so in SLI mode on some of the heaviest activity in raids. Might drop down to 30 FPS on a single card though. Most people that complain about fan noises just haven't really heard loud. But then, I have headphones, and set my box/case to push more air to the card to keep the fan on the card slow via lower temperatures.

Cons: Not as fast as I hoped it would be in SLI mode, not much of performance boost. Was expecting 50%, more like 15%. Had some flickering on one of the cards when heavily utilized for a long period of time, but have since gone away after a driver update.

Overall Review: If you think the fan is too loud, you may want to do one or more of the following: A. Adjust the cooling so that your box pushes the air more than the fan on the video card, so overall temperature is lower; or B. Put on headphones. Also, to keep in mind, there is currently a class action lawsuit regarding the memory access on the GTX 970s, not just GIGABYTE, but ALL nVidia GTX 970. If you get the next model up (980), it doesn't have that problem.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
USB cable WAY too short6/17/2016 5:00:58 PM

Pros: Sturdy construction, and it works well.

Cons: The included USB cable for you to plug into your computer is way way way too short. My computer is on the floor and it barely reaches the edge of the table top, had to use another one that is longer.

Overall Review: It works well, so far so good.

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Light, comfortable, unless your glasses are in the way.6/17/2016 4:34:44 PM

Pros: Excellent quality with a light feel that does not push down on your head like you were carrying something. The mic boom can also be flipped up for a hardware mute, just remember you muted your microphone.

Cons: Very snug fit, perhaps a bit too snug even on the largest sized position. If you wear glasses, the pressure of it hugging your head will likely create an uncomfortable to painful pressure where your glasses and the ear muffs meet your head; especially if you have rounded and not flat arms for your glasses. It gave me a headache after extended periods of use while I used glasses rather than contacts. Prepare accordingly.

Overall Review: The sound quality is excellent and gives a surround sound feeling, and the microphone picks up well. It is light and un-obstructive otherwise. If you use the mini-jack, you will lose about 3 feet of cabling, since the USB plug adds 3 feet. If your computer connector is far away, you might want to get an extension. Drivers/Software works well with Windows 10 when using USB, not a hitch. Surround sound requires USB use, otherwise, it is just stereo with the mini-jack.

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Simple, effective, and fits perfectly.5/12/2016 12:44:45 PM

Pros: * Sturdy aluminum construction * Hole alignment is perfect even for case drive spaces where they have the support tabs * Has cut out at one end to allow easy plugin of SATA/IDE drive connector without bending the cable.

Cons: None.

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Awesome keyboard - crashed after 3 days.5/9/2016 4:27:16 PM

Pros: * 18 G-Keys is a lot of macro keys. * Flexible lighting programming, you can tie the lighting to key actions or have them independent. * Smooth and responsive keystrokes. * Plenty of programming options. (See Cons section for limits) * Don't let the 3 mode buttons at the top fool you, it can allow for tons more profiles and key programming layouts; you are just allow 3 that has a direct specialized toggle buttons at the top, but you can programming more with the other keys. * Types so smooth, felt like I was typing on air. * Eats only 1 USB port if you use USB 3.0. * Did I mention the typing is so smooth like silk?

Cons: * Crashed the keyboard in 3 days, due to what I believe are race conditions that it can't handle. (Keep reading) * I programmed 6 keys to be toggles that would press a slightly different combination of keystrokes at different intervals repeatedly, after toggling 6 of them, executing a regular macro would crash the keyboard. Example: G1 would press SHIFT + 3 every 3 seconds; G2 would press SHIFT + 4 every 2 seconds, etc..... at some point, a race condition would happen with the shared SHIFT key and the application would crash causing the keyboard to reset to default until the application restarted. * Cannot execute two macros in parallel. Likely due to what happens above. If you play an MMO, like I do, where there are two sets of cool-down timers and you want the chain/combo to be each on a button of their own, forget it. * You can only choose from ONE of the following behavior in regards to two macros G-keys being toggled: A.) Pressing any G-keys with a macro programmed will do nothing (un-interrupt-able); B.) Queue the new macro call (same or different) after the current run is finished; C.) Cancel the existing macro IF you push the same button again; D.) Pause current macro, run the other macro you called, then resume the previous running one. I can understand if B and D is mutually exclusive, but why not C and D? * No way to cancel all macros/keystrokes/actions/programs with one key. If you decide to have all macros Queue one after the other, but situation changes and you want to cancel? Too bad, you can't abort.

Overall Review: I mainly knocked 1 egg for not being able to do two (or more) macros at the same time, as that is actually more important than the other problems. But there are ways around it, and not every other manufacturer can do that also, so it is not a deal breaker for me. The crashing problems are also not that much of a big deal, since I was being really complicated in the macro programming and most people would keep it to a more reasonable level of simplicity. Most people won't have encounter too often the problems with what I have encountered, and I am generally happy about the purchase. Lastly, it eats 2 USB ports if you use USB 2.x, due to power limitations. I don't think it works on USB 1.x.

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Officially recommended and supported for all GoPro cameras.5/4/2016 9:57:01 PM

Pros: Pros? How about "GoPro"? It works on them and all the GoPro cameras are tested using SanDisk Class 10 flash cards as a standard. So you know it will work.

Cons: A bit more pricey than the other brands, but not by too much.

Overall Review: I tried with two other brands, I already had a Patriot SD card, it sucked all around; even on other camera brands. Then I tried a Kingston, and while it worked well on others, it would lock up the GoPro after about 30 minutes of recording. Tried the SanDisk, and I haven't had a hitch with the GoPro yet.

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Intellipower is WD's way of hiding 5400 RPM.5/3/2016 11:05:33 AM

Pros: Lots of capacity Inexpensive Has plenty of cache

Cons: It is "Intellipower" slow, like 5400 RPM "Intellipower" slow.

Overall Review: If you do small bursts of access, you won't notice the difference as the cache will cushion your writes speeds. But a sustained write will get slow enough to where it is obvious. The RPM says "Intellipower", that is WD's way of hiding the fact that it is "about 5400 RPM". Not even "IT IS" 5400 RPM, it is "ABOUT" 5400 RPM. I do not appreciate WD in doing this to practically deceive consumers of the performance of its products, extra eggs off because of this.

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Fast, lightweight, and it works!5/3/2016 10:48:28 AM

Pros: A good amount of capacity for the price. Lightweight, quiet, and fast.

Cons: None

Overall Review: A good replacement for laptops, lowered power consumption and sped up boot times.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Compact and efficient5/3/2016 10:46:33 AM

Pros: Compact because it is vertical rather than horizontal. Good airflow with its positioning and collects less dust as a result.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: The vertical design of the heatsink fins lends itself to not take up space blocking things on the motherboard, also does not collect dust bunnies as a result.

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"Configurator" has everything you need, except the required CPU fan.5/3/2016 9:59:44 AM

Pros: For the motherboard: * Has plenty of peripheral spaces to plug in your USB. * 4 channel memory and PCIe lanes * good price for features offered * Plenty of space for expansion * Lots of excellent features * Has connections for water cooling * So many SATA connectors Memory: I got the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX, I have owned CORSAIR memory and they are well built, doesn't overheat and haven't had memory error issues that would BSoD my system. Easy to install, and very straight forward. The NewEgg configurator is nice to ensure you have the right parts that fit together, takes some of the guesswork to match a good compatible fit.

Cons: CPU: The CPU does NOT come with a fan or any cooling, you have to buy it separately. You would think the NewEgg configurator would also offer you some basic cooling options (or warnings) for such a vital piece of required equipment. Motherboard: * Comes with version F1 of BIOS, as mentioned elsewhere, you MUST upgrade to latest (stable/non-beta) BIOS after OS install or risk a malfunctioning board. BIOS upgrade fixed problems and is mandatory for proper operations. * "Rear Panel LED": LIES! It does not exist on the board as the NewEgg "Features" tab says. But the Ambient LED is there and kinda cool. * Not enough chassis fan headers, only 3, while my case had 5 fans. * ATX4P (PCIe supplemental power) power connector at bottom of board is facing down is difficult to reach/connect once mounted, I recommend that you plug it in before finally screwing on the board to case. HDD: * No SSD option. Really wanted an SSD, but I also needed a larger capacity, but slower data storage drive anyways.

Overall Review: Don't forget to get a CPU fan/cooling system. The CPU does NOT come with any "stock" cooling fans.

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So far, so good. Runs quiet, easy to install.5/3/2016 9:50:00 AM

Pros: * Modular cables are nice * Runs quiet, I don't hear a thing from the fan.

Cons: * There are designated spots for PCIe / CPU power versus SATA power connectors, there are more spots for PCIe / CPU power than SATA power slots, I wished it was the other way around with more SATA power connectors. Alternatively, they could have provided cables that had mixed connectors of old-style molex and SATA on one rail. * If you have a case fan that still uses molex connectors or older drives that uses the four pin molex, you may have to hog a rail instead of sharing it with non-vital DVD/BD drives.

Overall Review: The "carrying bag" for the cables is just a silly idea to me. And did I mention that it runs very quiet?

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Plenty of space, well thought out design5/1/2016 2:12:40 AM

Pros: * Supports liquid cooling, just remember it is a 240 mm radiator. If you buy a 280 mm radiator, it will not fit. * Cable management system is well thought out, back side of motherboard tray has loops for you to loop your zip ties through to keep the cables organized. * Opening behind the motherboard CPU for over-sized heat sink backing. * External drive docking slot is super convenient * Top has a little tray behind the docking slot for you to put stuff on.

Cons: * "Innovative tool-less design": LIES! You still need a screw driver to put in screws for your internal HDDs on to the internal trays. * Front panel for drive bays (CD/DVD/BD drives) require just a tad more pinching effort than you would expect for removal. * The internal HDD drives face towards the motherboard base side (right), and routing the SATA and power cables is a bit cramped. If your cables have large plugs (or does not have the L shaped plugs), it may be an issue.

Overall Review: The fans run quiet, and if you use liquid cooling for your CPU, runs quieter. Case will ONLY (perfectly) fit a 240 mm radiator for liquid cooling at the top. such as a CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i water cooler (or a H105, which I got). Will not fit any other size radiator, a 280 mm will bump up against the back or front side with almost no space for hoses; while a smaller one will have some mounting offset bumped up against other parts of the case. Tried to mount a CORSAIR single fan radiator to the rear chassis area, and it is EXTREMELY tight with a slight screw hole offset. Workable, but not "proper" fit for those people with OCD about their water cooling systems.

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Simple, easy, convienent4/30/2016 1:12:25 PM

Pros: * External drive enclosure that doubles as a drive caddy. * Cool convenient idea to let you easily move files between desktop and laptop (without using the network) * Aluminum case feels sturdy

Cons: * Desktop docking bay is plastic, feels weak, but so far so good. * Cannot buy the drive enclosure without the bay adapters. I need more enclosures, but not more bay adapters.

Overall Review: Would love to get a few more enclosures for drive swapping, and would make for good double duty as a HDD backed data backup solution to just swap drives out for backups.

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Performs well, easy to setup, tons of options4/30/2016 12:59:24 PM

Pros: * Has plenty of peripheral spaces to plug in your USB. * 4 channel memory and PCIe lanes * good price for features offered * Plenty of space for expansion * Lots of excellent features * Has connections for water cooling * So many SATA connectors

Cons: * Comes with version F1 of BIOS, as mentioned elsewhere, you MUST upgrade to latest (stable/non-beta) BIOS after OS install or risk a malfunctioning board. BIOS upgrade fixed problems and is mandatory for proper operations. * "Rear Panel LED": LIES! It does not exist on the board as the NewEgg "Features" tab says. But the Ambient LED is there and kinda cool. * Not enough chassis fan headers, only 3, while my case had 5 fans. * ATX4P (PCIe supplemental power) power connector at bottom of board is facing down is difficult to reach/connect once mounted, I recommend that you plug it in before finally screwing on the board to case.

Overall Review: I have had a good experience with a GIGABYTE board before, my prior one was a GA-P35-DQ6 for over 5 years that still runs well, but had to upgrade for serious gaming. So I thought to give a GIGABYTE ensemble (set) of motherboard and video cards a try again, so they work well together. Totally impressed, exceeding expectations with the right features.

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Good while it lasted, limited reliability7/27/2014 12:47:31 PM

Pros: Because it is dual band, it can connect to almost any type of WiFi. Easy to install and setup, works quickly while provide flexibility to how you connect to your WiFi.

Cons: The range is somewhat shorter than the typical, regardless of the WiFi standard you are using. The worst is if you have a sustained high throughput traffic, the card would fail. Initially it just would cause a driver exception and BSoD would be the worst and happened rarely. As the card gets older, the chip would fail, cause a power interruption on the motherboard (think of it as if you pulled the card out while the system is running), so it caused my system to restart immediately. No BSoD, just a power reset due to the card failing on high-ish load.

Overall Review: This card does not age well, and likely has a hardware design flaw. Could be heat dissipation issues. Ever since Cisco took over Linksys, their quality have dropped significantly. Avoid Linksys if you can.

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