Date Joined: 03/16/03
Pros: I have had no issues with these memory sticks and they have been working very well. I remembered to edit BIOS to enable XMP and after the restart it booted up just fine. With 64 GB of memory, I can work efficiently with on several desktops, remote connections, and have multiple sites and applications open at any given time.
Overall Review: These were on sale and picked it up right away and I am very happy with the purchase and performance. I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for the same specs!
Pros: This is my second Gigabyte MB and my first purchase was the GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5. I was very happy with that board and decided to upgrade my main PC with this purchase, the GA-Z97X-UD3H (rev. 1.2). My reason with going with Gigabyte was that the bios was easy to navigate and fairly easy to pick up, it was a matter of getting use to something new. If you're purchasing this to build a new PC then you must be familiar with PC builds, researching which boards are good, or checking out reviews; I had no issues with this board when installing the parts that I had except that I had to make sure I installed the parts in a certain order because of the CPU cooler that is installed. Overall, the board is an excellent upgrade with the i7-4790k.
Cons: I had not issues with physical installation of the board and no startup problems.
Not a con for the board but with installed parts:
The CPU cooler I used is huge but it fits nicely in the Corsair Carbide 500R case. I had to install the M.2 SSD first as well as the memory modules that I had, the outter fan of the Noctua can be easily adjusted to fit over taller memory modules but they may not be the issue because the main radiator sits over the memory slots and cannot be adjusted. You may have to research and check if your memory will fit underneath this cooler.
Overall Review: My build:
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB (see cons)
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Sapphire Radeon R9 FURY X
Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Pros: Very easy to pick up and play, no need to learn any new key bindings because there isn't. awsd + 123. Thend. Don't expect a story just hope you'll play the other maps if anyone else is playing. I have yet to play Jakku because no one seems to be online playing the map. >.<
Cons: Repetitive gameplay, you need to play a long time before receiving new upgrades, there doesn't seem to be enough players online for some of the maps.
Pros: It installs nicely in the new Air 240 MicroATX case without any issues and it feels solid. I also have an ASUS board on my other computer and being familiar with the bios system, it was only a matter of time and exploring the new GUI bios of Gigabyte. Pressing F2 brought me 3 different bios screens, one being GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS, advance mode, and (I think) easy mode. I believe the DualBIOS mode allows you to recover from a main bios failure. See link:<br>http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/306/images/3d-bios.html<br><br>I was glad to have the MB work out of the box with no issues and as with most new MB installs, I had to initially install the drivers with the disc that was provided otherwise the LAN port would not work properly or at all. I also OCd my i5-4790k to 3.7ghz with auto settings and had no issues with instability, I know I can go more and will increase it in the near future. I also installed the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 500GB - MZ-N5E500BW and it worked properly with no issues. It was my first M.2 and it felt awkward installing it at an angle then pressing it down to secure it with a screw. If you're going to use the M.2 to install the OS, I read online that it will be easier to only have that connected so the storage can be easily identified. I have 2x500GB and were identified as volume0 & volume1, I didn't want to guess so I shut it down and disconnected. Overall, I'm glad it worked right out of the box.
Cons: I would have liked that the LAN ports would work without using the install disc and the software application that comes with it. I'm afraid to uninstall it afterwards because it may not work but with windows 10, it may have find a driver for it? I prefer that Windows handles the ports without any bloatware.
Pros: I purchased 2 cards for crossfire and I did not have any issues from my initial purchase! I am extremely happy about that and registered the cards at XFX. I like that you can switch between crossfire and single card use via catalyst and you don't have to reboot. The 290X runs smoothly and is quieter than I had thought, it does run fairly hot because I do get a warning by AI Suite II that it is over 60c (140F) but playing Shadow of Mordor at the highest settings for 2 hours was smooth and had no issues. Currently I always have crossfire on until a new game starts giving me issues and revert to a single card until a new patch is implemented. The company itself is great, I have used their products before and had no problems with their video cards, this was also why I purchased from them.
Cons: It ran hot for the first 3 weeks and it seemed to come down a bit where I did not receive anymore warnings. I'm not sure why but I am still trying to find that out from any patch update from AMD.
Overall Review: Prices are down, get these cards and you won't be disappointed. I do purchase a majority of items online and I have always found it better to contact the manufacturer rather than returning it back to the seller. I just found it easier that way because I get the product straight from the company and its peace of mind.
Pros: Good product, no need to purchase the $25-$50 protectors. It adheres well and any small air bubbles will smooth out as you use it and the adhesive cures properly.
Pros: You can adjust the height of the keyboard with the stands the swing out and with the attachment. I like the extra height with the attachment and keeping the back part of the keyboard on the table and angled down because it feels more natural and comfortable with my wrists being more leveled with my arms.
Cons: None unless you're not use to the keyboard's key placements. It is only a matter of getting use to it but you'll find that it very comfortable and placed with reach of your fingers.
Pros: I've had this monitor now for a week and it has been great! Setup was easy and I used the displayport for my connection. The picture is excellent and there were no flaws or dead pixels. The panoramic view is great, there is a lot of desktop space and I can easily arrange opened windows and not be cluttered. I also have a 27in Viewsonic 1920x1080 but it can't compare at all. The picture is clear and crisp, the resolution is excellent and regardless of how small the fonts are it is still legible. For my setup I currently run the AMD R9 270X video card and with the PB298Q it is flawless. I have read and watched reviews for this monitor but it was difficult to get a sense of scale, people's heads come in all shapes and sizes. The monitor setup is easy to adjust to your preference, with a slight push up it moves effortlessly, it can tilt comfortable and rotate 90° as described. I also love that it is seamlessly panoramic, maybe having a 3 monitor setup would be better but with a non disturbed visualization of the ultrawide landscape just makes it a very beautiful monitor. Really! It does.
I was hesitant because I was hoping that the height wouldn't be short...
Cons: As I mentioned, the height issue was a concern but it is more on the play of your visual sense because of the width. As I continue to work and game as well, the visual sense made it feel openly spacious. Especially when gaming, there is so much to see and I'm anticipating even more events in the virtual world than I did on my 27in monitor. You forget about the dimensions of the monitor and you feel more immersed (hint hint....RSI) as you venture out in the gaming world. Another issue that you may find disconcerting is the border around the monitor. It looks like it reaches to the edge but it does not, there is about a 1/4 in or maybe a 1/3 in that borders the edges.
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Overall Review: I do plan on a 4 monitor setup, having 3 24in above the PB298Q just to have more space to work with and having designated desktops, I'm cool like that. Hope this review helps.