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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent feeling keyboard, solid upgrade from the old 7G 01/22/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Pros: - Bright keys with no light-bleed.
- Excellent software, very easy to use.
- Near-silent keypresses
- Linear switches with the shortest actuation point.
- Easy access USB hubs

Cons: - Reviews below don't do this keyboard justice. A lot of them are personal preference and/or lack of understanding.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommend!

GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works.

In an attempt to help others deal with this board, please see below for instructions (which shouldn't be needed in the first place)

Cons: As others have stated, the board won't boot with a new Kaveri processor.

I had to spend the extra $50 to get my hands on a A4-4000 Richland and even then, updating the bios wasn't super easy.

Downloading the most recent BIOS file from Gigabyte's website requires you to place the BIOS on a FAT32 formatted flash drive which is common practice. However, it is not until you attempt to perform this update that you get an error that says, "file size incorrect".

After doing some Googling, if found out that the error appears because the @Bios Qflash utility requires an update in order to accept the new bios.

The current bios update/flash utility was dated September 2013 and in order for the motherboard to accept the newer January "F3" bios, I had to download the newest @BIOS flash utility dated October 2013.

I proceeded to download the file off Gigabytes website, placed it on a fat32 flash drive and entered the bios to find out that it is not a format that the bios recognizes. Puzzled and somewhat frustrated at this point, I did some further research to find that I would need to have a Windows operating system installed in order to perform this update.

....or would I?

Searching around the net, I found quite a few fellow Gigabyte users that have run into this issue on other Gigabyte boards that have found a crafty workaround. Using a second computer, I had to create an MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive (handle tool to have) and then place the extracted contents of the @BIOS file onto the flash drive overwriting the MS-DOS "autoexec.bat" file so that when I set the motherboards primary boot device to that Flash drive, it would automatically start to perform the proper updater....and it did so, successfully.

Once that was complete, I had to place the F3 bios back on the thumb drive and use the Qflash utility in bios to perform the bios update.

After roughly 2 hours of fumbling around, I was finally able to seat my A10 and install Linux without a hitch.

I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't have a secondary computer handy. This process is extremely inferior in comparison to Asus' bios flash utility, hopefully Gigabyte will improve this process.

Other Thoughts: I chose this board over the ASRock A88X ITX board because:
- Native 802.11ac support.
- Heatsink over the VRMs
- No awkwardly placed chips behind the motherboard socket.
- ASRock lacks USB3.0 support until after bios update.
- ASRock lacks manual overclocking features.

SteelSeries 7G Keyboard
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 3 years and many lans later, still going strong. 10/17/2013

This review is from: SteelSeries 7G Keyboard

Pros: Extremely durable and able to tackle crumbs with each.

I take the keyboard to lan parties and it has withstood the many drops and slams during transport without issue.

Cons: The sleeving that is used collects dust and fuzzies.


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