Stable and reliable with extensive overclocking features for the money+size
18 October 2013
Summary: PRO: - Great board with plenty of BIOS/OC options by AWARD. - Robust CPU VRM area that stays cool enough. Suggested to use Enzotech BMR-C1 heatsinks for each FET cluster as they are an exact fit. - CPU mounting bracket interchangeable with others such as the split bracket from some ASRock boards. - SYS_Fan is controlled by Voltage speed regulation and the 4th pin isn't used. CPU_FAN can be controlled via voltage or PWM.
Summary: I purchased this board for a home storage server. There aren't too many MBs out there with 6 x Sata III ports plus come with onboard video for $90. That's some fantastic value considering an 8-port IT mode Sata III card from Supermicro would run me $135 alone. Another reason I chose this board is that Gigabyte MBs are a safe bet if you plan to run a derivative of Solaris like OpenIndiana.
Summary: Decent motherboard. I would suggest getting a graphics card though. Packaging was good. I used this mobo for a small, fast barbones build. My Build: Ga-880gma-usb3 amd fx-4100 Samsung 64 gig ssd G.skill sniper ddr3 1600 9-9-9-24 Windows index scores calculations per sec = 7.2 read/write = 7.9 graphics = 4.9 memory = 7.9 My overall windows index is 4.9 (currently only goes to 7.9) because of the mobo gpu.
Summary: I needed an inexpensive no frill motherboard for a Linux build. I've always used Gigabyte since the last time I used a different board had issues with memory--memory! Stock, non-overclocked memory. A couple of small details about this board--there's not PATA/FDD port. Only 6 SATA slots. Not a fabulously big issue, but the last GB board I used had 8 SATA, 2 of which were proprietary Gigabyte chipset, which worked great for multiple configurations. No 1394 either.
Summary: Picked one of these up to build up an ESXi system and it's running great. Initially, running a X4 840 and waiting for prices to drop on those 8 core bulldozers. Gigabyte released their 'F3' bios on 10/20/11 which has bulldozer support. Those getting the motherboard now and going with a bulldozer directly will have to stick in an older generation cpu to flash to the latest bios before the bulldozer will be recognized--at least until the old motherboard stock is cleared.
AM3+ Ready Mobo for your Home Theatre/Gaming Hybrid
9 October 2011
Summary: I had been searching for a good AM3+ ready motherboard in a MATX form factor in which there aren't plenty around (yet). The board has a good layout and the board is even better looking in your hands that what it appears in the picture. Overall, it's tad a bit shorter than a regular sized MATX board (it fell short of the last mounting screw). The good side is it's easier to slide in an MATX chassis.
Summary: This motherboard is awesome for an HTPC coupled with a coolermaster 360 case it is tiny and reliable, at least for the 24 hours days I left the computer running for, to see if there were any hitches. Just make sure you download the driver support for the integrated graphics in my case it made a world of difference.