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GIGABYTE GA-Z170N-WIFI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Has a very fast Wi-Fi card built in.
I/O plate is padded and the back of it is black with ports clearly labeled.
Two Gigabit Ethernet ports if you need that sort of thing. I'd have preferred a couple more USB ports in place of the 2nd port, but w/e

Cons: There is an M.2 slot that supports both SATA and NVMe SSDs, but it's located on the back of the board. I sincerely hope my SSD doesn't die because I really wouldn't want to have to disassemble the entire PC to replace it!

Only ONE of each USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers on the board. I would have loved to see one more of each, since I have a 5.25 card reader/USB hub that uses these headers and I can't use it in conjunction with the USB ports built into my case since there's not enough headers for everything.

One of my SATA ports seems to be dead, but I'm still working on that issue before chalking it up to a board defect

Other Thoughts: Hardware:

i7 6700K + Corsair Hydro H55
This board
2x8GB Avexir Core Series DDR4-2400
EVGA 1070 GTX SC
Sandisk X400 512GB M.2 SSD + Seagate 4TB HD
EVGA Supernova 550 G2 80 PLUS GOLD PSU
Corsair Obsidian 250D case.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition, 08G-P4-5173-KR, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)
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Pros: Runs Gears of War 4 and Overwatch maxed out @ 1080p smooth as silk
Probably does my other games as well, though I haven't really tested them yet
Fans do not spin when card is not pushed hard.
Only needs a single 8-pin power supply connection.

Cons: No backplate if you care about that sort of thing (I didn't)
Newest version of nvidia experience sucks, wants me to create a nvidia account? nuts to that
Does not support VGA connections, but no one really uses those anymore anyway.
Expensive, as is the case with most nice things

Other Thoughts: Be sure to register your card with EVGA and upload your sales slip to activate the 3-year warranty

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Pros: Very good processor.

Extremely easy to upgrade. The HDD and RAM panel is held on by a single screw and there is another panel held on by a single screw for the M.2 slot and Wi-Fi card. I've not attempted to disassemble it further than that.

Battery life is great, can go 5-6 hours just browsing the web.

Since it came with a Windows 10 license, I immediately did a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro without needing a product key and it automatically activated.

Has four USB ports, two of each 2.0 and 3.0 type. Gigabit Ethernet! Almost all consumer laptops have 10/100mbps Ethernet so this being a "business class" laptop it has Gigabit. Wireless-AC as well. DVD burner. HDMI output.

The hard drive in it (mine at least) is a 7200RPM Toshiba. Can't comment on the performance of it since I immediately swapped it out for an SSD

Includes HP System Recovery Media for both Windows 7 Pro (which came preinstalled on the laptop) AND Windows 10 media. I was pleasantly surprised to see this.

Cons: Screen resolution is not great, but it's acceptable.. those used to the crispness of 1080p+ screens on a laptop won't be satisfied though

This has no docking station connector. This is a very strange omission for a business class laptop.

4GB of RAM is barely adequate in 2016, and it's DDR3 at that.. not the newer DDR4. HP lists this model as using DDR4 so I ended up ordering 16GB of DDR4 alongside this and had to return it..

Uses a new style of HP Power supply connector, meaning that my old trusty Universal laptop doesn't have the proper tip and none of the power supplies from all the HP EliteBooks we have at work will fit this

Power supply gets quite warm if you're letting it charge the laptop while using it at the same time. It cools down once the laptop is fully charged.

Trackpad is not great. The Synaptics Drivers are total garbage and many functions like two finger scrolling and tapping don't work without some fiddling.

Other Thoughts: Overall happy with my purchase as I knew of most of the shortcomings before buying, but it would have been nice if HP listed it on their website spec sheet as having DDR3 instead of DDR4..

I do own this laptop, but I didn't buy it from Newegg.

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Display Name: Jeffrey B.

Date Joined: 09/24/08

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