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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs a very bug free board for an "early adopter" chipset 09/26/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-UD5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The bios on this board is very mature. I experienced next to no compatibility issues with my ram and processor. Granted there aren't that many processors available for z170 yet, but there is a plethora of ram and I was expecting to have issues with it adapting to my ram's OC rating given the recently released chipset. I also expected various bios quirks. I experienced neither.

Cons: The bios is a bit behind the times with fan control, it is not exactly intuitive. This is fine in my case as I use a fan controller. I debated knocking an egg off for this, but it honestly did not make sense given there are many motherboard vendors I have seen who do not even attempt to implement fan speed control at all, or limit it to just the CPU connector.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, it's rare to see such a mature bios shipping on a board that supports such a brand spanking new chipset. It's a breath of fresh air and if it seems I'm emphasizing that a bit much, it's because the rest of my experience has been so problem free I can't think of much else to say. I also find the general quality of Gigabyte's boards to be high and they seem to only be improving in that regard with features like the metal shields on the PCIe x16 connectors. Bravo on a board that is well designed in both software and hardware!

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Server Memory Model KVR667D2E5/2G
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Have bought a whole bunch of these sticks to use in Late 2005 PowerMac G5's, it loves them!

Cons: None that I know of, price?

Other Thoughts: Not sure how useful this review will be outside the G5 Mac world, but thought I should post it to help out anyhow.

TOSHIBA DT01ACA050 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This drive is a good performer

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: I posted the below review to the wrong product, can a mod fix? The below review is meant for the Hitachi z7k500, I am leaving 5 stars on this review since this replaced my Hitachi and has been great thus far!


Robert B.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert B.

Date Joined: 06/03/06

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/09/10
  • Last Review: 09/26/15
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