Date Joined: 02/04/07
Pros: - Absolutely fantastic feeling when you depress a key. I had the Das Keyboard S Ultimate prior to this one and I could tell a difference immediately. Strange, I thought, because they use the exact same switches--Cherry MX Blues. I told my brother about it and he thought maybe it was simply due to all of the wear I from using the switches for years but after testing the number pad of the S Ultimate, which I never used, I was able to confirm that there is something altogether even more fantastic happening beneath the key caps.
- The breadth of options and the quality of the build made this well worth the upgrade for me. I love the aluminum face plate, the audio controls and built-in USB hub. All features that I use.
Cons: - This thing is pricey but you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: - If you spend as much time on the computer as I do (probably close to 80 hours a week) then do yourself a favor and buy one.
Pros: - Fits in my mini-ITX case
Cons: - I purchased G.SKILL DDR4 4266 sticks that are on the list of qualified memory modules for this motherboard and the system is unstable as a result. Have to scale back to default speeds/no XMP.
Overall Review: I sent a support request to ASUS a week ago on March 7th and haven't heard a word back. I feel like I wasted $100 on memory that I don't need.
Pros: - Fast?
Cons: - Pricey
- Crashes when I use XMP profile
Overall Review: - Definitely check to make sure that it's on the list of qualified modules
Pros: - Protects your investment
- Works with newer power supplies
Cons: - I was getting tons of dropped packets and my overall speed over inter and intranet was significantly reduced
Overall Review: - I'm not sure if mine is a dud but if you notice your network speed slow to a crawl, try bypassing this UPS
Pros: - Beautiful colors
- Anti-glare coating--I'm using ultra-bright, white LED lighting in my room and I don't even notice them.
- Adjustable--this was a big reason for purchasing these. I'm 6'4" so I was constantly looking down at my monitors. My posture is much better now.
- Tons of options for input and lots of extra USB ports which I am actually using.
Cons: - Only reason I'm giving these 4 stars is because I purchased two and the colors are pretty clearly different between the two with one being slightly more red and blue than the other. These are supposedly "factory calibrated" but apparently I have no clue what that means. I thought it meant I'd be getting better color accuracy and consistency but that's definitely not the case.
Overall Review: - I feel like the money spent was worth the purchase. I knew I wasn't getting "professional-grade" monitors but these are perfectly suited to my needs.
- After reading about these, I took note of complaints regarding input-lag and the response-time not being suitable for gaming but after spending some time with them I wasn't able perceive any hints of either.
Pros: - Durable
- 5-year warranty
Cons: - None, yet
Overall Review: I picked this up after my other motherboard started exhibiting symptoms of failure. After purchasing first and asking questions later, I felt unsure about it as I read about folks' experiences with their system not wanting to boot after enabling the XMP profile in the BIOS and that 2400 MHz was the fastest RAM speeds that the SABERTOOTH supported. Surprisingly, I guess, with my 3200 MHz G.SKILL DDR4 firmly slotted, my system booted up and installed Windows without any problems. My RAM isn't on their list of certified modules and I consider myself lucky but my single recommendation would be, to anyone considering buying the SABERTOOTH Z170 MARK 1, make certain that the RAM you buy for this motherboard is on that list.
Pros: - I purchased 2 of these for $150 a piece after mail-in rebates and have them arranged in an SLI configuration and I'm getting performance better than a single 970 which would have cost me roughly the same amount.
- Newest GM206 Maxwell architecture with full HEVC encoding/decoding.
Cons: - Less power efficient than a single 970.
Overall Review: There were lots of articles written that state 960s in SLI aren't worth the investment but I'm pretty sure they were all written near the 960's launch date and don't take current prices into consideration. Consider that you can get better performance at 1080p (and in same games, 1440p) from two of these than one 970 and in fringe cases a single 980--for the same price as a cheap 970.
Pros: Great card for the price. After doing a little bit of research I found that techPowerUp rated the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST the BEST PERFORMANCE PER DOLLAR VIDEO CARD at the moment. What I like about this card is the fact that you pay the regular BOOST price of $169 for a factory overclocked card. ASUS makes you pay an extra $10 for an inferior overclock. As far as customer service goes, they're nothing less than great. I've had a couple of their motherboards and thanks to the customer service department (thanks Chuck and Jason!) they're always able to make things right. I know if I have any issues they'll be able to back me up. I'm able to play all of my games (StarCraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft) on maximum settings at full speed. I haven't noticed any increase in noise either and I'm upgrading from an integrated GPU with water cooling.
Cons: None, yet. I haven't read any reviews about the cooling performance but I had a WindForce cooler on a previous video card which worked perfectly.
Pros: Lots of USB 3.0 plugs
Cons: None that I have found yet
Overall Review: I'm really, really pleased with Gigabyte's customer support. Chuck and Jason both went above and beyond in helping me replace my faulty board.
Thanks guys :)