Joined on 02/24/06
Good but XMP profile didnt load correctly
Pros: Cheapest fastest ram out there. Reliable, G-SKILL makes great ram. I have it running at advertised speeds (see below) without an issues. My last G-SKILL ram lasted 6 years with only one stick just now having slight issues.
Cons: XMP profile did not load correctly. My Asus board auto loaded the profile and even after I manually loaded the profile it still ran at 1600.
Overall Review: However I was able to get the 2400 speeds by forcing the correct voltage (1.65v) and forcing the 2400 in the bios. Once those two things were forced then the ram ran fine. Its actually running 9-9-9-24 so thats even better!
I wanted to love it but cant
Pros: Built quality is amazing, feels great in your hands and looks great. Keyboard is really good once you get use to it. Touch screen works good (if you end up actually using it) Doesnt get to hot or to loud when gaming. Plays games like Crysis 2 on high settings with no lag. Very fast when you add and SSD in it. I got good web browsing battery life out of it. (3-4 hours)
Cons: There are only two major issues with this laptop that kills it as a gaming laptop- The screen- everyone talks about how bad it is, and yes they are right. The screen is just awful, the color is very washed out and the contrast is not there. The Dota 2 Point Booster is a dark gray pink instead of a bright vibrant pink. This makes gaming on the laptop kinda a poor experince. "But wait, ill just hook it up to a monitor and use it as a desktop replacement" you might be saying to yourself. Nope, this is the second issue. Lenovo failed to hook the 860 up to the display out, from what im reading it is a hardware issue, not a software issue. The HDMI out only uses the intel graphics which will lag when playing Dota 2 even. This throws out the option to use the laptop as a desktop replacement.
Overall Review: I wanted to love this laptop so much but I just couldn't, Lenovo ruined a great laptop by being lazy. This is marketed as a gaming laptop but fails on two parts, you cant enjoy your games cause of the poor color of the screen but you cant bypass the screen by using HDMI out either, so it fails at what it is suppose to do. However with that all said if you dont mind color being decent then this is one of the best bangs for the buck. But if you want to enjoy your games how they should be then look elsewhere and save up another 500$ for a top of the line book. I ended up returning mine. Also be aware, I was wanting a good gaming laptop with a touchscreen because of windows 8, however once I adjusted windows 8 to look like win 7 i never used the touch screen again, I suggest saving touch for tablets and foldable notebooks, not conventional laptops, it just becomes to awkward to use a touch screen when you can not have the screen already in your hands.
Would be a home run
Pros: This laptop looks great, super fast, amazing specs. Battery life is 5+ hours doing normal tasks Super thin Amazing storage options Great screen, zero complaints on screen. Keyboard feels natural and nice. (I normally use a mech keyboard also)
Cons: Fan noise, (understandable) 512GB SSD is Sata 3, not NVME. For some strange reason the system has lag during normal system tasks such as file transfers, hitting the windows key, moving the mouse. I can not figure out the issue. Did memtest, chkdsk, bought a new NVME SSD, checked settings, nothing has fixed the issue. Emailed Gigabyte with no response still. Rebate website is utter trash so good luck getting a rebate as well. Track pad is honestly the worst track pad for any computer I have ever used. The click is what ruins it. If you buy it you'll never ever want to use it. Keyboard is wavey if you look at it from the top down, doesn't affect anything but you CAN see it.
Overall Review: What ruins this razor killer is the fact that gigabyte made it. What makes this laptop amazing for what it is however, is the fact gigabyte made it. If you can live with the issues that may come up, youll be very happy with this laptop. Good luck with support issues if you have them. I have mine outfitted now with 3 TB of storage. 2x 1TB HDD, 1x 512 Sata 3x SSD, 1x 512GB NVME SSD which is crazy. My desktop is only 2TB.
Absolutely great (with some handy work)
Pros: Aluminum is super thick everywhere so you can be assured it will hold up Finish is very nice and has yet to scratch (kicked a few times while side panels were on the floor) Full size PSU support (also a con) Very easy to work with since it is tool-less and the top and bottom come off with screws Bottom is completely vented with holes to allow cooling Tool-less HDD tray
Cons: Top is piano black and I worry it will scratch as easy as every other gloss black plastic No expansion slots (side panel does not have SD card reader) Full size PSU means the case is bigger, also hangs over CPU area Current location of HDD tray means you can't really fit a AIO Cooler in it (You can fit an H55 though) No light for power button (see thoughts) Heavy with no handle Case gets heat-soaked with stress tests since it doesnt vent super well and is thick aluminum
Overall Review: If you are handy with a drill you can fit a push-pull setup H55 in this case with a little room to spare. I drilled the rivets out of the HDD tray and moved the tray closer to the front (you can leave it out if you are only using SSD drives) and was then able to fit my H55 with two fans to the case, the rad touches the top of the case and there is a slight gap above the video card. I also removed a screw that holds the power button and drill the hold to fit the HDD light through to give me a power button that lights up, very easy to do and is clean. I will add a 40MM fan to the bottom inside of the case to help suck out heat. This case is really nice and super fun to play with, remove the HDD tray and you have a ton of room, remove the black plastic for the system light and you gain more room for a GPU card, get a ATX to mini-ATX or STX adapter for the PSU and you have room for any cooler inside. Just get it and be flexible and creative and youll be happy. ASUS Z97I-PLUS ITX Corsair Sniper 8GB ram I5 4690K OC- 4.6Ghz 72C full load H55 with Push-Pull setup (I know, not needed but its fun) Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX OC-1036Mhz Samsung 840 1TB SSD Seagate 1TB HDD 800Watt Xion Modular PSU with rounded connectors Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound. Noctua 40x10mm bottom fan
Umm seems like a great deal
Pros: You can brag about owning a large $$$ HD. And what a deal this thing could be. Think about it, in 1980 IBM introduces the first gigabyte hard drive. It is the size of a refrigerator, weighs about 550 pounds, and costs $40,000. LOOK AT HOW FAR WE HAVE COME! :D
Cons: Look how far back this thing really is. I mean come on... w-t-f. It better be filled with cake and not be a lie. Theres nothing about this drive the constitutes a 1200$ price tag. Get outta here.
Overall Review: Buy it, you can NOT go wrong with this price!