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David E.

David E.

Joined on 09/06/12

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent board so far but a few stumbles wile setting up.

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS MASTER sTRX4 AMD TRX40 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS MASTER sTRX4 AMD TRX40 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Stable, runs very good once set up! Excellent VRM!

Cons: Ram placement was tricky to get right Cant turn off built in sound or wifi in bios (why doesnt it have this feature to turn it off) just disable in windows device manager if you use an external. Slow bios start up.

Overall Review: i was in between the asus zenith II alpha and this board. i chose this board cause it seems to have the most bang for the bucks spent. plus my last two builds using asus boards i had 2 bum boards and a bum 4k monitor by asus so im done with them. anyways! make sure you install your ram right for quad channels! if you put it in the wrong slots (a1 b1 c1 and d1) it wont detect the ram unless there is ram installed in the (a2 b2 c2 and or d2 slot) i thought i had a dead dimm slot due to this and instruction dont mention this. i did test all 8 slots with 64gb ram that i pulled from my work computer so there were no dead slots on this board. the other minor issue i had was a blue screen wile installing the @bios app so avoid this cause you can flash the bios in the bios Q flash until they fix the @bios app. Other than that everything installed fine in doing some stress test i had no issues using a 3960x TR cpu and 1080 ti. despite the few issue i had i still give it 5 eggs cause it is 100% operational. i will update if i do run in to any issues.

Most Critical Review

might need to update bios

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS ELITE AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS ELITE AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Cons: no flashable bios button with out cpu or ram

Overall Review: if you get this thinking it will work with the latest ryzen it might not so get an older cpu to update bios. i return the first one thinking it was DOA but i found out the bios needed updating. it work great otherwise.

Pretty good motherboard so far

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Hardware seems solid and well built. haven't experience any issues yet.

Cons: Only one usb 3.0 header and fan headers there are plenty of but there all in the middle or bottom of the board. so short fan connections wont reach from the top of the case.

Overall Review: Make sure you use the install disk for app center. the one off gigabytes site (for this motherboard) doesn't work for this board as of me posting this review

AMD Phenom II X4 820 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - HDX820WFK4FGI
AMD Phenom II X4 820 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - HDX820WFK4FGI

Pros: very fast good bang for your buck

Cons: none as far as i can see

Overall Review: so great prossessor! i actually got this one for free. my boss lets me have old cpus for free for gold recovery. he gave me a whole box of 50 cpus. one of them was this one and it just happens to work with my motherboard :P so i upgraded from a dual core to a quad. anyways excellent cpu! worth every penny if you get one!