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MSI MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M5 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: If you want to buy this for typical gaming use, it's fine. Not particularly notable but it won't annoy you.

Cons: * Dual boot to Linux or other OSes is broken. The firmware fails to honor the UEFI BootOrder variable and instead appears to boot straight through to windows regardless of what it says. The only way to get to alternate boot targets is to enter the EFI shell every time and manually run the boot shim.

* The built-in RJ-45 port is not the Intel Z170 ethernet that you'd expect, but this ridiculous "Killer E2400" thing which not only lacks Linux drivers, but even WHQL ones (at least Microsoft was unable to install the driver via detection), forcing you to navigate the ad-ware mess that is the Install DVD just to get your new system online.

* The analog audio jacks don't honor the standard color scheme, forcing you to dig out the manual just to plug in your existing speakers.

* Performance is pretty poor. Boot to UEFI/OS handoff from power-off is like 13 seconds. Resume from S3 from stimulus to OS entry is ~7 seconds. Those are not good numbers (e.g. they make "wake from network" pretty much impossible because protocols will start timing out before the machine replies).

Other Thoughts: I had to buy this thing as part of a bundle to get a 6700K. Had I not, I'd absolutely be returning it. Stay away.

HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bright screen. No bad pixels. Good color depth and contrast. Clean lines. VERY attractive price.

Cons: Poor button placement (on the bottom of the display) with nearly-invisible labels makes the UI very difficult to use.

Palit NE5X56TS1102-1140F GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) SONIC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very high performance card. Clean installation (power jack on the top, not side). Good features (mini-HDMI port is a nice touch). Very attractive price.

Cons: As mentioned, it runs a little hot. In my Antec 300 (case fans on "low") I saw it stabilize at 82C under OCCT's GPU benchmark, and its fans came up to 2500RPM or so (and were therefore quite noticeable, though I wouldn't say "loud"). This is probably because the added ports leave little room for ventilation, only 1/4 of the rear area of the card is used for fan exhaust.


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Display Name: Andrew R.

Date Joined: 01/28/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 08/15/11
  • Last Review: 09/08/15
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