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Pros: The difference with Kaby Lake over the Skylake is a refinement of the 14nm process called 14nm+. The CPU lineup is less transistor dense and a larger fin pitch reducing the heat which means higher base clocks. On average the Kaby Lake lineup is a couple of hundred MHz faster with the same power requirements. This is a change from Intel’s Tick-Tock update but it means faster CPUs for laptop and compact devices. At first glance the Gigabyte Z270 looks good; it appears to have led lights all over the board. Personally I’m not a fan of lights. I like the white on a black pcb though. The pcie slots are reinforced and it appears to have two M.2 and two USB 3.0 headers. It comes with a few extra or unusual items, labels for your HDD wires, a solid SLI bridge and a front header bracket or clip. I went ahead and ordered a Sky lake i7 for it but the Kaby Lake should be out soon. At the time I received this board it had the most resent BIOS already. F3 11/18/16. I received the Skylake i7 6700K and some Corsair DDR4 3000. I could not install (Windows 7) from USB so I used the disk install. I ran some stress tests after changing the V core voltage to manual 1.24. (it was a little hot on Auto) 8 hours of Prime95 temps were 61c with a CM212+. 2 hours of memtest86. I installed the included drivers. Gigabyte is still including all the Google bloatware, not much of an issue but worth noting. They did include Windows 7 updates fixes in the driver package! Nice touch, other than that no issues with the drivers and everything well as expected. (Windows 10 Pro) install: I installed the Windows 10 via USB with no issues. The install was smother than the Windows 7 was. I did the Express install of the drivers. Its worked really well after I unchecked the Google bloatware. Then added my Nvidia GTX 980, drivers installed, no issues. Again ran stress test both GPU and CPU. Its boots fast, faster than my Gigabyte Z97 X gaming G1. Really happy with this board. I probably won’t order the Kaby Lake after reading test my colleges have done. Its not an improvement over Skylake in the performance area. Maybe on laptops there might be some benefits. The on board sound (Sound Blaster X –Fi 5) was good. And comparable with my ASUS Xonar card with plenty of bass. The layout of the BIOS I like much better than the last gen. Simple to understand and looks great. Overclocking was easy as well as voltage adjustment.
Cons: One thing I miss is a DVI port. I guess it’s time has come but it was convenient. Another thing is the PCIe slots are tight. Probably a good thing but it had me concerned at first trying to remove a card. Also this is just personal. Way too many lights. Legacy support for USB has gone away. I had to install from an optical drive because it couldn’t load the driver.(Windows 7 only) Another thing was the V core voltage at auto was too high. 1.4. I guess they did this for stability but it was hot running any stress test and heat sensors were all over the place, 65c,35c, 40c it was not a stable reading. Manually set it to 1.24 and problem went away.
Other Thoughts: This is a great board not doubt. I don’t know what all these lights are about and all the manufactures are doing it so I guess it sells. Layout is good, plenty of features in the right place. Sturdy, beautiful, fun to install. Really no complaints other than a couple of small thingsREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Awesome performance from a low end GPU. Heaven it scored in the 900s which is better than a GTX 670 lower than a GTX 770. Happy with the install and it works well. No issues at all. Used this on a HTPC and it dead quiet and cool
Cons: I've had problems with EVGA before and there support. This is the first time trying them for 4 years so I thought I would give them a chance again. Glad I did, no cons
Other Thoughts: This is a low end GPU with great performance for gaming. Does not require a axillary power and would probably run on a 300w PSU. Love itREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: reliable as usual. Works well even overclocked a little. Past Memtest86 just fine
Cons: None really, best low profile memory
Other Thoughts: Its just reliable memory for your systemREAD FULL REVIEW