Pros: Even though this is smaller than a standard board, there's nothing lacking in the performance department. This system continuously outperformed similar systems clocked higher in both synthetic benches and real world applications but it pulls in front in real world, only just. The only reason I'm still giving this 4 eggs is because it is such a strong little powerhouse.
Cons: There's really only one major flaw and I was ready to knock 2 eggs off this board because of the BIOS and lack of support for updating the BIOS. I was reluctant to flash it from F7 to the most recent approved F9, I completely skipped over F8. There is a F10a release but it's a beta and I'm not going to touch it with a 10 foot pole. F9 is a major improvement over F7 but it still needs work. With F7, if I so much as touch the memory timings, timings that were on the JED...
... the parts from it to check M5 it works fine now I just need more hours so then I ...
1 week ago
Summary: The time I received this Motherboard my job ran out of hours so buying things for it is at a stand still but had another pc and used the parts from it to check M5 it works fine now I just need more hours so then I can build it the right way I will like to put a -- 2xsli 750 Ti or 1 780Ti -- i7 4770k cpu -- 700watt 140mm fan power supply -- 8.1 windows -- 3 G-sync monitors -- monitor stand -- green led lights and 2 140mm green led fans 2 120 mm green led fans opti drive...
A great card, quality, performance and attractive, with updated drivers and utilities from Gigabyte.
3 weeks ago
Summary: I love this card, I've been a month of use, the drivers gave me no problems on 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro. Very good audio quality, and did I mention that it is very attractive?. I put a core i5 4670k OC to 4.2Ghz, with a liquid cooling Cooler master Seidon 120M, there were no problems. Something that I really liked was not where he placed the fan headers, cost me a lot of power to connect them all in one case Cooler Master 690II Nvidia Edition.
Pros: Full size PCIe slots, but with reduced pins. Good power design per Sin's VRM power list. Good mix of DVI, HDMI, and DP display ports.
Cons: First boot and complete fresh install of Win7 x64, the Creative Audio showed up in the device manager. Drivers installed perfectly fine. About 1 day later, it disappeared. Ever since, no amount of reboots, changing BIOS audio settings from "enable" to "auto" to "disable", and fresh reinstalls of Win7 x64 will bring it back. I read a couple threads online that a few people seem to have had the Creative Audio die on them, potentially requiring a motherboard replacement....
Summary: After installing this motherboard I had too many problems to list here. First of all it would not recognize only one of my monitors. I tried to download the drivers and applications software form the Gigabyte site and I got a message that said the software was not compatible with my operating system...Windows 8.1. Then out of exasperation I tried to install the software from the supplied DVD and got the same messages.
Summary: Not a con really but the debug and power LEDs are annoying if you're going for a green color scheme because they are bright red.
Pros: Used this board for my first build; it's working great with my 4770k processor. Decided to go all out, and glad I did. Just recently starting using a nice pair of headphones to utilize the some of the sound blaster 3D and plan on getting some surround sound as well because it sounds great. BIOs is really easy to work with over clocking is a definite in the future. Also the board is super durable.
Summary: Great board, Installed everything, posted, set my ram speeds and kept everything else stock. Booted and has run flawlessly for 2 months. I haven't changed the customizable audio at all but may try that soon as I get a slight hissing. I will update the review when I overclock the 4770k I have in the system. The color scheme is aesthetically pleasing and the green audio line is nice to look at if you have a windowed case.
Summary: Pros: This motherboard is amazing. Everything about it is great! I upgraded from the ASRock Z87M Extreme4 and this Gigabyte board blows it away! Overclocking is a breeze aswell! Cons: I am having an issue with the front microphone port aka HD Audio Header. Whether its hardware or driver related, I am simply not sure. Basically, the front audio headphone works but the microphone port does not. Windows does not acknowledge a jack when plugged in at all either.