Joined on 07/16/10
Amazing performance even when limited
Pros: Amazingly high performance in a tiny package even when limited by the interface being used. I have this installed in a Z97-A with the newest BIOS as of 5/14/15 and was able to clone over my UEFI Installation of Windows 10 Tech preview and everything just worked - I removed the SATA drive I had been using previously, set CSM to disabled, made sure the SM951 was selected as the boot drive and it just worked. I was amazed but I had made sure it would work before I ordered too, so I shouldn't have been too surprised I suppose.
Cons: Price per GB, not a Retail product, sort of a Gray market OEM deal. Lack of competition for this type of drive right now.
Overall Review: Even using a limited M.2 2x PCIe 2.0 slot on my motherboard I'm still getting 700+ MB/s read/write from this drive. If the next generation of motherboards offers 4x PCIe 3.0 slots this drive will work and be able to stretch its legs a bit more. I suppose I could also get a adapter to work in the open slots on my motherboard to take advantage or switch to ASRock's Z97 Extreme6 motherboard
Avoid avoid avoid
Pros: Seems like a great package for small business - gigabit ports all around, wireless N, ability to have separate vlans, guest wireless, SSL VPN, you name it.
Cons: Horrible router. Seriously, the worst I have ever used. Slow, constant DNS lookup errors, terrible compatibiliy with the VPN (SSL) software, interface is slow and clunky.
Overall Review: Don't buy this. Please. You'll hate it.
Great combination of features and performance with a few exceptions
Pros: Great features - 6 core CPU, maxQ GPU, 144hz display. Great customer support after purchase from Gigabyte
Cons: 11/23/18 EDIT: I lived with the laptop for another couple of weeks and eventually the SSD returned to poor performance - I think it must just be a combination of how i use the machine and the limitation of cache-less TLC nand drives like this Transcend unit. I ended up getting a good deal on a Samsung 970 EVO which absolutely blows away the transcend unit AND maintains that performance over time. The transcend has moved to storage/backup duty which is performs fine and without the constant load appears to retain write performance most of the time. The other "issue" with the machine is that it comes configured with a single stick of memory. This really isn't a con in my mind as it allows for upgrading without discarding the original high-spec stick of memory. However, I really felt that the machine was lacking some snappiness I knew a machine of this caliber should be able to achieve. Maybe something to do with the integrated graphics sharing the system memory causing overall sluggishness. I found an equivalent spec stick of Kingston ValueRAM KVR26S19D8/16 DDR4-2666 SODIMM 16GB/2Gx64 REG CL19 Notebook Memory to add to the machine for a total of 32GB. That is more memory than I need at this point but I'm certainly ready for anything I need the machine. I could have been happy with 2x8GB sticks but I don't fault them for a single stick in this case for the reasons stated above. Between a clean install of Windows 10 on the Samsung drive and dual-channel memory performance the machine reaches its full potential and I'm very happy with it. I took off an egg because it could have been at this level of performance from the factory with a different SSD (seems like there is a Toshiba drive they use in this same machine) and dual channel memory from the factory. 10/30/18 EDIT: I contacted Gigabyte support about the terrible SSD performance. They agreed it was terrible. They suggested I could send it back to Newegg or that they would RMA it as well but asked me to try doing a restore using the built-in recovery system. So, after pressing F9 on startup and choosing that option I was presented with another clean install. This time instead of trying to update drivers and install programs, etc. I ran an SSD benchmark and this time I very happy with the results - over 1400 mb/s read AND write. That was actually faster than I would have expected but a pleasant surprise after the previous results (see below). Kudos to GB support for the suggestion. I don't know what happened but some combination of updates and drivers must have conspired to majorly hobble the storage performance. All good now. The following no longer applies but is left for possible future owners that have the same issue I did. --------------------------- After using the machine for 24 hours it has become clear that the included SSD is painfully slow. For a 512GB NVME SSD (model ts512GMTE510t ) I would have hoped for better performance. I'm getting at best 150 Mb/s sequential writes. Unfortunately all the reviews I have found seem to have gotten a far superior Toshiba drive that doesn't suffer the same problem. I updated all the drivers and bios and it's still the same problem. I guess a DRAM-less TLC drive really suffers from the way I would like to be able to use the machine and compared to all the other SSDs I have. Price? It's expensive but a good value, especially with the included accessories
Overall Review: After an initial hiccup that was address by support I am now very happy with the purchase and overall package.