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Pros: The construction was solid, the board was heavy and looked great. I experienced no physical issues installing any of the components. The documentation was pretty good, if somewhat generic. The packaging was solid, and it came with a nice complement of cables and hardware. I doubt that this was shipping damage.
Cons: It was DOA. I have a slightly older desktop, also with a Gigabyte mobo- it's getting a little long in the tooth, but it still works flawlessly. I used that as a testbed for most of my other new components, including the PSU. The CPU and the RAM, of course, were not compatible. I attempted to power up this board without both- the PSU should still initiate, though obviously there would be no POST without a CPU... but, no dice.
This is not my first rodeo- I double checked my pins on the case interface and I jumpered the PSU to check for a bad switch- no dice, and my meter shows a short when I test the case switch (at the end of its cable).
In all fairness, this is the first Gigabyte product I have ever had any problem with. It's also pretty early in the product cycle for this board- I suspect that had I waited another 6 months, it would have been perfect.
Other Thoughts: I applied for a refund- we'll see how that goes, as it's also the first bad part I have ever received from Newegg and I've never had to return anything before. I don't trust this particular motherboard now, and I don't have any inclination to see if this was a fluke, or part of a pattern. I'm going to another brand for this build. I can't recommend this board to anyone else at present. If you do buy it, I would advise (as always) that you breadboard your desktop together before installing everything in your case so you won't have to tear it all down if you also get a DOA.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Nikon EN-EL14A Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for D5300 and Df Cameras
Pros: We have a Nikon d3300 and recently added a d5500 because it has an interface that allows us to take macro stacks using my cell phone. Much to my delight, the same battery works in both cameras- in fact, it works across the whole line of DF format cameras currently in production. I get close to 300 shots with the stock Nikon battery, and while the knock-offs do work (if not as long or as well), I'm not going to risk voiding the warranty on an expensive camera body to save 20 bucks. I now have two extra Nikon batteries- one for each camera. BTW- knocking a product over a vendor's poor performance does not help other customers. Review the vendor on one of the many websites that rate them.
Cons: It's not cheap. I've seen this battery sold for as much as 60 bucks on other sites.
Other Thoughts: Always read up on the vendor before you buy the product.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Pros: My motherboard has what's supposed to be an excellent sound chip in it- and for stock, it is. See: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545 - the Gigabyte ga-z77x-ud5. It uses the Realtek ALC898, which is about the best stock chip available. But....it isn't even a candle against the glory of a clear dawn when compared to this card. I had an old PCI Claro- one of the first efforts by this company- and when it finally died (after almost 8 years) just before this build, I was planning to use the Realtek ALC898 and call it good enough- and it wasn't. A lot of detail, depth of field, and sonic accuracy went missing- I actually thought my ears might be going out on me- but the wife backed me up when we sat down to do some critical listening to several "reference" pieces. I just installed the eClaro and it's all baaaaack. I'm using an LFO interconnect to one of the better Denon receivers. I'm running two Velodyne S-1200's, a Velodyne ULD-18, and five Velodyne DF-661's in my home theater/audio rig (yeah, all old stuff, but hellishly accurate). The rest of the computer isn't too exotic- a Corsair Gold rated 750 watt psu, an older GTX-470 for the video card (largely overkill for everything I do, including SkyRim) 16 gb of ram @1600, an Intel Cherryville solid state drive for the OS, and two WD Caviar Black 1 tb spinners in a mirrored raid for storage. But...this system drops jaws- and the sound card has a lot to do with that.
Cons: The software interface is, well, clunky. It inspires the suspicion that this company is slowly coasting into obsolescence on the glory of one great achievement. The dongle appears to be a hack- but it allows the use of the included low-profile bracket, so if you're building a high-end home theater in sometjing like one of Silverstone's low profile cases, you'll be gratefull- or you'll use the light fiber optics output and it won't matter. Be careful of the filter capacitors used on this board- they're tall, and the exposed metal surface could short out components on another board- like your video card. if you place this card close to another one, you can top them with plastic disks and a little silicone adhesive (my fix) or use little squares of electrical tape- but it's a potential disaster if you have a tight case and you don't use caution.
The board also isn't in a faraday cage like some of the other audio boards out there- but this mother board and cpu produce less rfi than a lot of the older gear because it's more efficient- less power means smaller magnetic fields. That could pose a problem for people with an integral wifi; my wireless connection is on a USB cord and lives about 8 feet up a wall behind a curtain- so that's not an issue for me.
Other Thoughts: Cons notwithstanding- if you can afford this card and if you have aspirations of acquiring decent audio gear- buy this card or you'll never know what you're missing- because you'll never hear it. If you have no interest in good audio, if you think Blows Audeeyo is great gear, or if you believe MP3's are the be-all and end-all, stick with the onboard sound chip and save yourself two Franklins. You'll never hear the difference.READ FULL REVIEW