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Pros: They look great in my motherboard. Update: They now work with XMP enabled (see below).
Cons: I bought these for my Gigabyte Z170Z Gaming 7 (G7) motherboard, based on another reviewer's good experience with them in his own G7.
My system would not boot with XMP enabled in the UEFI. Neither re-seating nor changing memory channels helped. Trying the sticks individually didn't help (both failed). I have the latest official UEFI (F7 as of this writing). There are two BETA UEFIs I might try, but I shy away from BETAs.
G.Skill tech reps have tried to help via email, and for that I'm thankful. But it's time to RMA before the window expires.
Other Thoughts: Update:
I called Gigabyte support, and let them know that this memory is incorrectly listed in their supported memory PDF document. The description in their document was for the memory I bought (2x8GB sticks, 14-14-14-34), but the G.Skill part number they show was for a 4x16 (64) GB package. So it's unclear whether the memory I bought was really supported. Gigabyte needs to correct their chart.
I checked the G.Skill web pages for memory supported on the Gigabyte z170x Gaming mobo, and this memory was not listed (that I could see).
Gigabyte tech support convinced me to try their latest beta UEFI (F8g), in spite of my reluctance to try anything labeled 'beta.' But it worked, so I'm upping the eggs.
My thanks to tech support from both companies, and PLEASE update your various documentation.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown
Pros: Really like the keys (brown in my case), even with the mechanical noise.
Cons: CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) can be confusing. I expected to get a predefined WASD lighting (per older Corsair keyboard models), but didn't. The startup time of CUE is inexplicably very high. I'd like to have the WASD lighting along with the Type Lighting effect, but haven't figured that out yet. Knocked off an egg because of CUE, not because of the keyboard mechanics.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this primarily for its 2 M.2 slots, which in addition to supporting newer SSDs also reduce cabling. The board seemed solid, with a clean layout. Assembly was simple, quick, and the rig POSTed first try. The UEFI was reasonably intuitive. I did not have the sound issues others mentioned. There is a mouse speed setting in the UEFI that can fix the slowness others have mentioned.
Cons: Per others, the rear LED connector can be hard to access. I'm having boot issues with my 3200 CAS 14 RAM at rated speed; can't yet point fingers. My old Audigy card sounds better than the onboard audio (but alas, no PCI slot for it). Migrating my Windows 10 OS (upgraded from Windows 7) to the M.2 stick was painful (UEFI settings, NVMe, MBR vs. GPT, etc.). If I'd had a Windows 10 key, I'd have started from scratch. There were several nasty hiccups with Gigabyte software installs (from the CD) which ultimately cleared up only after a network connection was established and I was able to run Gigabyte's App Center (failing grade here, Gigabyte!). The boot-up time is horrible in spite of a minimal boot sequence (over 30 seconds); still working on that one.
Other Thoughts: OC'ing will wait until later. My build:
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 mobo
Intel Core i5-6500K
Corsair H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler
G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 F4-3200C14D-16GVR
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB
CM Storm Sniper case
Corsair 750W power
Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB KBD, Cherry MX Brown
Old but durable Logitech MX 518 mouse
EVGA 970 series GPU