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Pros: I don't get into the benchmarking like a lot of people, but for everyday use, this seems comfortably fast. Slapped it in, fired right up.

Cons: This didn't come with a mounting plate or screws. I didn't knock an egg off because if this were purchased for, say, a laptop, then the plate would be a waste of metal. Both of my OCZ SSD's came with them, which was convenient for me personally. But for the quality level this thing has been reviewed as, I'm just nitpicking.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if I'm supposed to download it from Samsung's site or not, but mine didn't come with those free utilities. The ones people are saying they can use their RAM as a high-speed cache and stuff. Would be nice to get those.

Edit as of 4/12/16: Still running strong. I'm an@lly retentive about how many drives are in my dinky little case (as in, I only want ONE in there) so I already wish I bought the 1TB instead. Also, I enabled RAPID mode and regretted it. Musta been a bit too rapid for my machine because I had to do a clean install. Not like I needed RAPID enabled in the first place, just wanted to see what happened. Got bubbly from a beverage, flipped it on, said WOW!, then said CR@P! Still laughing over that one.


Pros: Just picked this up today from a local shop, and so far so good. Haven't put the fan on Eco-Mode yet and I don't even hear it; I think the CPU fan is louder.

Cons: Whatever moron who was tasked with designing the cables needs slapped. You need to pay attention to which end you plug into the PSU. While this is USUALLY a >durrrr< statement, every other ATX power supply I've seen has had a 20-pin block, and a 4-pin block beside it for compatibility with weird boards. This has a split block on one end of its motherboard cable; however, it's a 28-pin total, and goes into the PSU. The solid blocked end goes into the motherboard. You don't notice this until you try to shove it down on and then see that you have pins coming off the end.

Another thing that annoyed me is the space between the SATA connectors on those cables. I have a Cougar MG100 case, and use the SSD bay, and originally had my optical in the top bay. Had to bring the optical to the lower bay so I didn't have too much pressure on the power ports on both drives because the space between the connectors on the cable was just about 1/4" too short for comfort.

Also, this is a somewhat longer PSU. It presses cables attached to it against the back of my optical just a tab bit; not enough to worry, but it certainly isn't for smaller cases.

Other Thoughts: This is my first EVGA product ever, will update if anything goes boom.

Edit as of 1/22/16: This thing has begun randomly shutting my computer down. Going to just replace it with a Seasonic, as that brand has proven itself to me a few times over.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-B85M-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Very simple layout. Front USB 3 header, nice placement of headers. Only accepts 16 GB of RAM, but for a home-based rig, 16 seems to be more than enough for me. Fired right up with a 4690S without issue; no issue with board thickness when mounting the stock CPU cooler. Lots of options in the BIOS that I neither understand nor plan to use. First time ever using a UEFI BIOS, I'd say it is nicely laid out for what I needed to find. Love the backplate, I'm used to the standard issue bargain aluminum ones, it goes nicely with my blacked-out rig. Would recommend.

Edit 2/25/16: See other notes for update.

Cons: As others have stated, the SATA ports seem to be a bit weakly attached. Kinda made me worried, as I'm heavy-handed without intending to be at times. I used a Cougar MG100 case, I'd say that if you are going to use a slim case, be careful of how much pressure you put on the cables connecting to them. I had to re-arrange my cables a couple times to be at enough ease with the pressure on these ports.

Other Thoughts: If not for how weakly attached the SATA ports felt, I'd give it 5 stars without hesitation. Still would recommend despite this, though.

Edit 2/25/16: Couple weeks ago the system started being currupt. I went to do a fresh install of Windows, it installed but then wouldn't install drivers. I looked at the error code it gave me online on my phone, lo and behold, the system bus manager wasn't loading. This is a major part of the chipset on the board, meaning the chipset went out already. I guess I got what I paid for. This is the second consecutive Gigabyte board in separate systems that I've had chipset issues with in fresh builds over a period of years; replaced the board in the other one with an MSI at the time and it lasted quite a while. In the system prior to my last one, I had replaced the chipset heatsink with a fan-forced chipset cooler, and I'm wondering if that is the only reason THAT machine is still running today. I think I'll go with MSI or ASUS and just plain avoid this brand anymore.


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Display Name: George O.

Date Joined: 07/19/13

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  • First Review: 07/19/13
  • Last Review: 04/12/16
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