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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 01/01/2017

This review is from: GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Looks great, the white plastic covers dont look like a cheap design which i was afraid of. the board is very sturdy and has no sagging with a GTX 1080 FE GPU installed, which this is a very heavy card. Contrary to what others have experienced i seem to have lucked out and not had any issues with on board audio.. in fact it sounds great. UEFI BIOS has a nice layout and once you get the XMP profiles working its very easy to get a stable OC, but you still have the advanced option of setting manually. the LED's that light up the board are a nice addition, especially on the back I/O plate so you can clearly see what you are doing if its dark. digital error codes are displayed on the board itself and is very useful (you can find the list of codes in the manual). the layout makes cable management fairly easy.

Cons: when installing the RAM i had a tough time seating the modules securely. i dont know if this was the board just being brand new and not "broke in" yet or if the RAM was a bit larger.. not taking off an egg because it did get seated properly with bit of force and functions just fine.
the CPU socket is very close to the other side of the I/O interface, this caused a very tight fit when installing the cooler.
i had some trouble with XMP profiling which i have seen other did too, i had tried setting the XMP profile for the RAM but the changes would not reflect what speed it was running at.. instead it was still stuck at default 2133mhz default. i was able to eventually able to solve this by setting up the XMP profile for the CPU. i may just be ignorant to the functionality as its the first time using this feature but. in the end though what i did to get the RAM to run at the desired 3200mhz was enable the CPU XMP profile only and i left the RAM profile set at auto. i feel like the manual could have gone into more detail on this.
it would have been nice for the LED's to cover more of the board as one large GPU basically blocks this visual entirely.

i only took off one egg because of the very tight fit installing the CPU cooler. all the other cons listed were resolved once i got it figured out and now it works exactly as advertised.

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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
EVGA PowerLink
PNY CS1311 2.5" 240GB SATA III - boot drive
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200
WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
CORSAIR Hydro Series H55

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 CW-9060010-WW/RF Quiet CPU Coolers Manufactured Recertified
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3 out of 5 eggs CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 CW-9060010-WW/RF Quiet CPU Coolers Manufactured Recertified 01/01/2017

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 CW-9060010-WW/RF Quiet CPU Coolers Manufactured Recertified

Pros: sleek design and the block looks great on the mobo. it arrived on time and was packaged well. being a refurb it is in excellent condition, it does not look like a used product. CPU stays cool at approximately 45C. with a 4.6ghz OC .
mobo: GIGABYTE Z170x Gaming 7
CPU: i7 6700K Skylake

Cons: this is a refurb cooler and came with no manual which would have been very useful, i had a bit of trouble getting it to mount properly. i was able to get it installed properly after watching a youtube video. i have also heard a brief gurgling noise coming from the radiator. i have never used water/liquid cooling before and dont know if this is normal but i would assume not.

Other Thoughts: product does exactly as described but a few minor issues. i would recommend paying 10$ more and getting a new cooler.

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WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
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5 out of 5 eggs WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX 01/01/2017

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: it's a WD drive, i trust this brand very much and have always user their drives. Super easy set up, no bad sectors or S.M.A.R.T errors. was packaged very well. new egg shipped within 24 hours.. great as always

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: would recommend to anyone

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Display Name: michael h.

Date Joined: 02/10/12

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 02/18/12
  • Last Review: 01/01/17
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