Completely confused after month trying to get mobo to work with SATA
John L., Newegg
4 days ago
Summary: I have struggled so long trying to get Win10 working on this PC, I cannot remember everything. Had a Win7 on GA-880GM-UD2H for several years, started having boot problems, went thru dozens of windows recovery tasks. Centered around disk problems.
Pros: Gigabyte name, have used GA-880GM-UD2H with AMD3 for several years.
Cons: Cannot get this mobo to reliably recognize/work with a SATA drive. Sometimes recognizes WD 1TB, sometimes doesn't. I know when "stuck at AHCI init" it will fail. [all drivers added to win8.1 -> win10]
Summary: I had 2 motherboards fail on me both took the cpu with them. They were the MSi 970 gaming Mobos. This one has the same(ish) clocks at a lower voltage. I love it's looks. Only GOOD mATX AM3+ from what I read.
Pros: •$50 •Works •Can OC •Really nice for OC'ing (email@example.com stock volts) •Support 125 Watt CPUs (8370 but no 95**) Haven't tested ram yet but I was messing around and it didn't like 2133 (My RAM is rated for 2666)
Cons: Heat sinks by the VRMs are hot to the touch at 4.55 but just warm at stock clock. Northbridge temps are almost always warm but never hot. VRMs stay warm if not hot. Would overvolt and go for a higher OC but VRMs are too hot for me to do it comfortably. -1 because of hot VRMs.
Cons: This unit will reboot for no reason and when it does it makes changes to the bios for the boot order of my drives. I change the boot order back and save it but it just reboots on its own and does it over and over.
Pros: Motherboard to replace dead refurbished computer. The AMD B24 processor from that refurbished computer was used on this motherboard, and it works fine (even though it isn't on the list of supported CPUs (at the time?)).
Summary: RAM, well I got this board in a combo deal recently with 8GB of Mushkin ram, it absolutely hates that ram, but works perfect with a Corsair Vengeance set. My other board (its the same model) is the same way, will work perfect with Corsair ram, just not with the Mushkin or Gskill set I have.
Pros: The black matches most builds. Its got 4 dimm slots. USB3 IDE for older drives ( I still have a few thats still ticking). Audio sounds great, even better then some more expensive boards. Dual bios just in case a bios update fails.
Cons: Sata 2 speeds Picky about what ram it can use (see other thoughts) Bios is limited to a set value or wont let you go below that setting (see other thoughts) 4+1 Phase (See other thoughts) Cmos battery is in the worst spot imaginable.
Summary: So, good little board, just not the best overclocker or super fast. I wanted to build a cheap little AMD gaming pc. This fit the budget and had what I needed. I would have preferred faster SATA and it also won't over clock as good as my MSI, but still a good board.
Pros: Excellent price point USB 3.0 4 DIMMS PS/2 if needed
Cons: Only SATA II ( 3Gb/s) Not the best overclocker