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4 out of 5 eggs Decent board with some major Quirks 11/17/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 8 ram slots.
4 PCI x16 slots.
M.2 ssd slot. Wish there was more of those in the other short pci slot areas.
M.2 wifi slot.

Cons: 1. If you make a mistake in your overclocking setting you have to manually reset the CMOS. My old mobo reset automatically after a few failed post.
2. In the bios in classic mode you cant change the base clock speed, but in the smart mode you can.
3. The molex connector on the bottom board is facing the wrong way so you can't connect to it with some cases.
4. Not enough Fan ports.
5. The sata Connectors should be facing up. I hate it that most board now have them sideways.
6. PS2 slots I would rather have more usb slots.
7. Onboard sound is a step down from my previous board. 5.1 analog outs. It should be at least 7.1
8. The Drive installation DVD does not work properly. It is a mess.

Other Thoughts: I had a similar issue to what other were describing about not being able to power. My issue was a bad PSU. Funny I have had so many bad PSU's lately. It must be something to do with the low e requirements of Haswell.

I think Gigabyte should Look at my cons like and improve those things.

The driver CD has been a thorn in my side with Gigabyte for a long time now. The drivers on the site should come in a nice package with a script to load them in the right order. The ep45 days used to work like that.

I hope this board last. From the reviews I have read I am bit worried. I got this board on November of 2015. It has been a year, but it has seen little use due to the failed PSUs from RoseWill. I got an EVGA Gold this time hope that's the only issue I will ever see from here forward.

Plextor M8Pe M.2 2280 512GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-512M8PeG
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Drive. Loads up my games a lot faster than my intel ssd. 11/16/2016

This review is from: Plextor M8Pe M.2 2280 512GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-512M8PeG

Pros: Loads up my games faster than my Intel 520 series drive.
For the specs it was one of the best priced drives. I got mine on sale, but seeing the current price at the time of this review it is still a good buy.

5 year warranty.
Gigabyte like Ultra-Durable standards according to their test claims.

Cons: Have not noticed any issues so far. Though from what I researched I doubt I will have any.
If there is Hopefully I can update this.

Other Thoughts: I cant comment on the reliability of this drive yet. But with a 5 year warranty iam going to assume it should be fine.

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury 100379NTOC+SR 4GB 4096-Bit HBM TRI-X OC+ (UEFI) Video Card
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3 out of 5 eggs Its ok, but not all that impressed. 11/14/2016

This review is from: SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury 100379NTOC+SR 4GB 4096-Bit HBM TRI-X OC+ (UEFI) Video Card

Pros: Solid design. Metal back plate.
The power ports on on the top.
Looks nice.

It's probably one of the best AMD built cards exception of the bios switch location. It's not all flexible like most other cards.

Cons: The bios switch button is in a bad spot you could easily break it when installing the card. It should not be where it is.
The fan blade finish shows dirt easily. This will hurt the resale value later.
Performance is a bit underwhelming.

Other Thoughts: For $269 it was an ok buy. I am not breaking 60 fps on GTA 5 or Just Cause 3 maxed out at 1080p. I had to tweak the setting for the magic 60 fps.
My old card (Gigabyte HD7950) was getting about 20 to 30 fps at minimum settings for 1080p on these 2 games. I still feel the need to upgrade, but at least I can play 2 games I could not play before.

This card claims 4k performance, but there is no way. I knew that when I bought the card, but I was really hoping to break 60 fps on all my games maxed out at 1080p.

I have not had time to install all my other games as this card was dropped on a new System
Gigabyte SLI-X99
Intel E5-2650 v3 10 core Xeon
64GB DDR4 2100 G Skill Ram
Plextor M8Pe M.2 SSD 512 GB
Intel 520 Series. SSD 480 GB
Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury

I do not overclock my cards. I increase fan speed, but that's it.


Benton L.'s Profile

Display Name: Benton L.

Date Joined: 03/21/09

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 05/10/10
  • Last Review: 11/17/16
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