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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Great motherboard for the price. Was cheaper then a comparable ASUS mobo + this one came with the water blocks. Tons of features, very easy to use, and very stable.
Cons: One major concern about this design I think is stupid, is the water block isnt directly mounted to the north bridge for optimal cooling.... No its attached to the northbridge via metal fins... Yeah it makes a difference in cooling. On idle, the northbridge is at 43'C while my video card is at 27'C from being cooled by the same liquid cooling system. But the mobo is still stable, doesnt get much hotter then 50'C running a full load on the system, so Im still happy.
Other Thoughts: I have yet to overclock this system to its full potential, but some of the minor overclocking I've done has been very nice and easy.
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8Ghz
RAM: G.SKILL PI+Turbulence 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3 2200
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7
Video: ATI Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB GDDR5
System Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SATA III MLC (SSD)
Games Drive: WD VelociRaptor 600GB 10000RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU: BFG Tech EX-1200 1200W
Case: SILVERSTONE TJ09-BW Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower
Pros: It does pretty much what it claims. Tons of nice features. Bragging rights is a plus.
Cons: Price is still a bit steep. Does not support VPN connections (Sonicwall VPN). Does not do high speed file transfers at 1,000Mbps. I'll elaborate on the file transfer speeds; I have a $4,000 file server, on a 1,000Mbps network. Everything is built for speed (4Terabytes in a RAID 5). Using this card in my Gaming Machine, as it is connected at 1,000Mbps, it barely does 8MB/sec transfers. My experience with my motherboards on-board NIC; I have seen it get 95MB/sec transfers. I researched this for a while and I'm not the only one to complain about these slow transfer speeds.
Other Thoughts: So if you don't plan on using this card for high speed file transfers, this card is for your "Above Average Gamer"; NOT for your "Hardcore Gamer." Although it claims to be for your hardcore gamers, I feel like that statement is a bit false. I host LAN parties, and all the gamers I meet care about file transfer speeds when leaching shared files on a LAN. But that's just my opinion and experience.
So as a final thought, if your knowledge of computers is decent you will notice the performance differences in benchmarks and what not. If your a nub and think this will solve all your problems, do not waste your money.