Summary: This board is simply beautiful, and for the price you get an on board creative quad core sound processor, and killer NIC. just be mindful if you decide to update the bios. If you update the bios to F7, remember to install the USB chip-set driver first, then update the bios, or you might loose your sound (which is recoverable if you go back to an older bios). I love this board, and the green LED moat is the bomb.
Pros: Gigabyte always has a nice PCB with well laid out components., On board sound processor!, Black and green, M-ATX, The price is great, very nice VRM
Cons: The on board audio can be finicky with the drivers and bios.
Summary: I have not had a problem so far with this board. Front USB 3.0 and 2.0 work fine. Front headphone out works fine. Sound is good with one of the free op-amps installed. I am using a gtx780 Nvidea card and every game I through at it starts and plays fine. Crucial 1866mhz ram works good. No problem with ssd or hard drive, or sata ports. Nothing overclocked, don't need to. No strange crashes after a week of running it. Don't use the disk, use online for drivers and new bios.
Does NOT worth the extra money, better buy typical Micro Z87 MB
10 August 2013
Summary: UPDATE Aug 8: I also found the one PWM 4 pin connector fails to function as PWM, the fan worked on max RPM all the time since startup. I had to use splitter and connect it to other PWM connector. The are 3, the faulty one in my system is SYS_FAN3. The "goodies" of this motherboard just keep coming, "GREAT JOB" gigabyte, I can feel the "Quality Control".
Summary: This board looks awesome, performs great, and was a breeze to install. It has plenty of connections, and I didn't have any trouble getting the cables together. The manual was super helpful, and the board has plenty of labels to get you started. The EFI BIOS is easy to use, and overclocking is a breeze. The board also has a cool neon green path light and a little LCD digit display to let you know if anything's gone awry. Overall, the hardware and the BIOS is fantastic.
Excerpt: Из всех мат плат что у меня были, это самая лучшая. Я доволен ей, в ней есть все что нужно для гейминга, и оверлокинга. Самое приятное в этой плате это биос, она мало того что на русском, так еще и много гибких настроек для разгона. Приятно удивил сетевой чип Qualcomm, пинг маленький, соединение стабильное и равномерно распределяет потоки по приоритетам. Вообщем, для игр самое то.
Pros: Качественная сборка, удобный биос, электронный разгон из под биоса. .