Pros: I'm probably a bit of a gigabyte fanboy as I tend to buy their motherboards for my "top of the line" computer (always keep one computer loaded with goodies in my house). 5 years later, I'm still satisfied with this purchase. No problems except the RAID seems like it needs better windows support. ...
Cons: One gripe. Windows has to launch a mysterious Marvell Raid utility on each boot. I have to manually say "yes go ahead and launch this I don't think it's malware". I also have a mysterious undiscovered RAID controller in the Device Manager and I've never been able to find a driver for it. *shrug*
Summary: I had very high expectations for the board from the beginning, but got frustrated as time went on. I'm not waiting for the RMA so I ordered a new board and will just sell this one when it gets back.
Pros: Layout is very good, BIOS is easy to overclock with, and the heatsinks keep the chipset nice and cool.
Cons: Onboard audio isn't as good as an actual card. My board developed an issue where the PCIe x16 slots would cause the VGA driver to crash. Orginally thought it was my old 4870, but it continued after a new card and fresh Windows load. Also thought it might be a PSU issue, so I also bought a new PSU...
Summary: Works okay. Had it over a year. IOMMU not supported with this chipset (bummer), so the 2 nics might not be all that useful. At least not if you had planned to use the extra one for virutal machines.
Pros: Gnerally works well in linux, with a couple of exceptions (see cons).
Cons: Suspend doesn't work in linux. Occasionally (one of 10 or so times) the board doesn't post, and have to power off/power back on. Assumed it was the power supply, but same problem only with this board when I swapped power supply with my other desktop. However, once it boots it's generally fine.
Summary: I have this as the base for my system, with a Kingston SNV425 SSD drive as my boot volume and have had terrible issues with data corruption on the drive running Windows 7 64-bit. A partial solution that seems to work sometimes is to leave the system at the logon prompt and walk away for a while, but...
Pros: Solidly made, lots of features, good compatibility
Cons: Sporadic BIOS and driver updates, sometimes erratic behaviour
Summary: If you have never built a system before this is the motherboard for you, just read of follow the manual and you'll feel like a tech.
Pros: Beautiful, easy to install, comes with a clear manual that big and mostly plenty of slots, Sata, Usb and redondancy. Who else has double CMOS?
Cons: At this point I am not able to reach their online Download Center, error: Please remove Microsoft update 912945 first before using GIGABYTE Download Center. I don't even have that update installed on my Win 7
Summary: If you want a great mobo with easy overclocking features, this one is for you!
Pros: This board is the mother of all boards! This thing was a breeze to install. Just remember, if you are running 1600 ram you need to go into the Bios and manually change the timings and the voltage. Also, if you are running a PCI Express card, you need to also go into the Bios and change the PCI sl...
Cons: Not really a con, but the SATA ports are somewhat hard to get to when you install your hard drives, CD player, ect.
Summary: This is a great MOBO with tons of features and things to tinker with. Get the RAID drivers copied onto a floppy for an XP install, or an SD card (or equivalent) for a windows 7 install. Driver CD has a great auto-install to manage everything.
Pros: Tons of features, very easy to adjust setting in BIOS. I did a mild over-clock on a Phenom II X4 965, to 3.8ghz, didn't even have to touch voltage. You might have to adjust RAM speed manually, my DDR3 1600 defaulted to 1333, but only took a few moments to correct. Dual BIOS chips, dual LAN ports,...