Summary: Set it and forget system. NO problems - Well ventilated and cooled. In Rack mounted Case.
Pros: Runs an IP video server - Win2k8_64/16Gb Phenom II x6 100T run 24x7 - processes feeds from 50+ ip cams. Processor stays at 55-80% util - NO ISSUES 1 Dual Port INtel GbNIc (Teamed) - 30-Tb storage attached. (SAS Arrays) NO ISSUES
Summary: Somehow survived Sprite getting all over it. (I have a case with an open top, and its under a tiny desk. Also I was not paying attention too well. I did clean it though!) If it can survive soda, and being slightly overclocked, and work for over a year, this board's only weakness must be lightning or...
Pros: This motherboard has everything I need, and fits what I want. Been working for over a year with no problems, and supports my system fine!
Cons: Had a breif issue getting sound with HDMI, but I have a video card, and don't really care anymore about onboard HDMI. Also, the two PCIe 2.0 slots are too close to fit more then one card, BUT given this is Micro ATX, that is expected.
Summary: I really only needed the OBV until I could get the system started and install my Radeon HD 5570, which also seems to be working nicely. I will give it a review after I get a few games up and running.
Pros: This board was very easy to OC. Just bumping the FSB up 10% brought my Phenom II x4 955 up from 3.2 to 3.5GHz.
Cons: During setup, I spent 3-4 hrs troubleshooting an inability to display POST. This boiled down to the OB DVI slot being inop. Purely out of desperation, I grabbed my DVI to HDMI cable and plugged in to the OB HDMI and.....violah everything worked great after that.
Summary: Not a great board for dual video, but I wouldn't have bought a mini-ATX mobo if I needed that feature.
Pros: The board fit right into my Mini-ATX case perfectly. Love all the new features (USB3, SATA 6Gb, etc).
Cons: No speaker on the board. Had to find an old speaker from an old case to haer the POST codes. For some reason the board will not POST everytime I turn on the machine. Sometimes it takes three or four power cycles for it to POST. At times upwards of ten times. I normally leave the computer on, so i...
Summary: Paired with a quad core Phenom the boot is so fast you can't see the boot information. Probably not an issue for most people but for me that's vital information that I haven't figured out how to slow down so I can see it.
Pros: It works. It can take a lot of abuse and still function. A lot of functionality for the money. 16 gigabytes of memory. An excellent board. Lots of IO options. Fast SATA with Raid.
Cons: Not enough fan headers in my opinion. Small size and position of sound header makes it hard to install a double video card. Rather minor complaints.
Summary: I bought the board knowing that FreeNAS supports the Realtek 8111D chipset. It does not however support the Realtek 8111D/E chipset. Gigabyte has a FreeBSD driver available on their website; but, I have yet to successfully install it with FreeNAS.
Pros: Excellent bang for the buck. Lots of features. Easy to setup.
Cons: The network chipset was not as advertised! Instead of the Realtek 8111D it was shipped with the Realtek 8111D/E which for most people will not be an issue. This appears to be a last minute change on Gigabyte’s part since even the owner’s manual was not re-printed, but instead had a paper insert w...
Pros: Small form factor, nice on-board video, stable. Plenty of USB slots.
Cons: Only has 1 PCI-E x16 lane. The other is x4. Additionally, the slots are directly next to each other making it impossible to have double-wide video cards - this prevents you from installing medium to high end cards in an XFire setup and completely blocks the usage of the x4 slot if you install the...
Pros: This board has everything I needed. Setting up a raid array from a USB drive is nice since my last floppy drive died and i'm not sure if i even have any more floppy discs around. The #1 memory slot is a little close to the stock cooler of the Phenom II x2 that is installed. An aftermarket cooler ...
Cons: I don't usually use Gigabyte boards, i do prefer Asus, and if my luck keeps like this with a 50% defective rate i'll go solely back to Asus. Now i have to wait probably close to a week to get back the board and have everything ready to go so that i can deliver these 2 PCs to the customer and try ...
Pros: Great selection of ports; SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, etc. Onboard graphics in Crossfire with my discrete card
Cons: My Radeon 6870 covers up both the second PCI Express 2.0 port and 3 of the 5 SATA ports. I guess the former is unavoidable with a mATX board, but the placement of the SATA ports honestly could've been better. Do not get if you're planning on using a large card along with multiple SATA drives.
Pros: I installed Ubuntu 10.04, with no problems, except for the suspend function (mentioned below). It works great. I like the IEEE-1394 ports (on-board and external), the four DDR3 slots, and embedded video.
Cons: In Ubuntu I can't get this board to suspend (sleep), even with the proprietary video driver. It does suspend in Windows 7 though (it's dual boot).