Date Joined: 03/05/09
Pros: The features sounded great on paper. It had a nice heft to it, which to me says something about the quality of parts used. Though some people may dislike Gigabyte's color scheme, I personally don't mind it so much.
Cons: It arrived with flimsy, almost detached onboard buttons. After verifying that it was a defect on my board, I RMA'ed it without bothering to test for functionality. I didn't pay premium for a board of questionable quality.
Overall Review: NewEgg was great with the RMA, though they did insult my intelligence by stating that it was carrier damage when I specifically replied to their email inquiries stating that if it wasn't in this condition out of the factory, then it was more NewEgg's fault than it is UPS's.
Packaging is normally quite good with NewEgg, however upon opening the package for the motherboard (and CPU I got as a combo), I realized that rather than the usual peanut foam, they opted for brown wrapping paper that was less than adequate, resulting in moving parts inside the shipping box (which was in immaculate condition). I relayed this to the NewEgg representative I spoke to, yet on my RMA form I saw that they stated it was shipping damage.
Quite insulting, yes.
Pros: Relatively small case, all black interior, great airflow for its size, fits large video cards, and with a little creativity custom liquid cooling shouldn't be a problem.
Cons: There was one thing overlooked when developing this case, the rear exhaust fan size. This is supposedly a gamer's LAN case yet given such a small area to work with, 120mm fan compatibility for the rear exhaust fan should have been a no-brainer. Sealed liquid cooling systems are slowly becoming more and more popular. With products such as the H50 or ECO (and more to come), it makes no sense not to have allowed support for 120mm mounting fans/radiators.
Overall Review: I'd still recommend this case but only if you don't mind sacrificing the ability to mount NZXT's 200mm side fan for a huge heatsink to cool off that hot CPU, something that could have been done with an H50 or ECO.
Pros: These are dirt cheap compared to other memory and these puppies clock AMAZING. I bought 2 sticks, slapped on some copper heatspreaders, and BAM they look better than any of those overpriced 4GB kits offered by other brands.
Pros: There's a reason why MX-2 is still considered one of if not the best thermal compound around, and the numbers clearly reflect it. I've always used MX-2 and I always will.
Way too bulky, when they say hybrid modular they mean it. All the cables you'd expect from a non-modular PSU are already on it. It's hybrid modular because it comes with EXTRA optional cables (extra molex/SATA/PCI-E).
Pros: Wasn't DOA.
Cons: Would NOT run at 2000MHz no matter how much voltage I put through it and how loose I set the timings. I've spend more than enough time tweaking to no avail.
Overall Review: 3 stars because it runs at 1600 with fairly tight timings.