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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -The board does indeed work as it should.
-System is OCed to 4.1GHz for the CPU and 2400MHz for the RAM.
-Overclocking/XMP profiles DO work with a little work (see Cons)

Cons: Only reason I did not give 5 eggs, you have to nurture this board to get it to OC.
1) Update the BIOS to F6, power off.
2) UNPLUG ALL SSD/HDD/PCIE storage devices. This is the trick.
3) Overclock/enable the XMP profiles.
4) Save the settings, reboot.
5) Let the system say there are no bootable drives.
6) Turn off the system.
7) Plug the drives back in.
8) Be happy.

Took hours of hate to get this board to OC. It would boot to black screens (never finishing posting), or instantly fail to boot normally. Hope this helps others!

Other Thoughts: Why this has to be done to OC is beyond me. Otherwise, you just want to return the board (or use it for target practice!)

HIS Radeon HD 6970 DirectX 11 H697F2G2M 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bought this to replace my HIS 4870 512MB and with the current release drivers, this 6970 beats my 4870 by a fair margin. Also, the card has wonderful power and throttle management!

Cons: Cooler could have been a bit better. But nothing to cry over.
I keep the fan at 45%.

Other Thoughts: With the same settings between the 4870 and 6970 the framerates (drivers are 10.11) are:
Counter-Strike: Source: 43% increase.
Shattered Horizon: 270% increase.
Crysis Warhead: 93% increase.
Left 4 Dead 2: 32% increase.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat: 200% increase.

Worth it? Yep.
My CPU: Q6600 OCed to 2.7Ghz.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD800BEVS 80GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I purchased this drive to replace the 40GB 2MB cache Seagate drive in my PS3 and wow. The performance gains on copying and game installation is quite noticeable. Go for this drive!

Cons: None! Fast, quiet, cool and can handle the PS3's heavy HDD access.

Other Thoughts: none


Kent R.'s Profile

Display Name: Kent R.

Date Joined: 05/03/07

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 11/13/07
  • Last Review: 08/03/15
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