Summary: The board eventually died the same way so many other socket 775 boards died: Bumping or dropping something on the extremely delicate pins while cleaning the board or changing processors.
Pros: Except for some minor difficulty with getting front audio ports to behave properly (a problem in the software that came on the driver disc), I never had any trouble with this board and it has excellent processor compatibility.
Summary: First was DOA - didn't POST. The second lasted about two years and fried my video card when it died. The third lasted about two years. The fourth one lasted about 2 years. I'm done with this board; I'm going to suck it up and reinstall Windows with a different board.
Pros: Lots of features 8 channel audio RAID SATA + regular SATA 1 ATA/IDE for legacy devices PS/2 ports good layout
Cons: Dies within 2 years. I'm on my 4th board. SATA ports randomly fail or just slow down to 10% speed. Switching hard drive to a different SATA port fixed the problem, but at least 2 of my ports are defective. USB problems with card readers or mass storage devices. You will think you have the wrong d...
Cons: Had problems with RAM read errors. Also, my northbridge cooler came knocked off, and one of the plastic pins holding it in was manufactured poorly. I had to cut it a little with a razor knife to get it to clip in properly.
Summary: After moving to the GA-P35C-DS3R all of my problems went away. The drive was still bad but it did reboot or act quirky when it was accessed. Bottom line spend the xtra $$$ for a more stable board that can handle issues with components better..
Pros: Cheap, and it does OC well. Cons: So many issues with this board. It states quad core in the spec but it is nowhere in the documentation. I found later that a bios update lets it accept them but too many limiting factors to make a good Q4 board.
Cons: Getting my CD-Drive to work consistantly was a pain, it would work and then stop for some reason. Once I had XP installed completely I had no problemsThe there was the confusing nature of the CPU Fan warning settings in the bios. A faq on GB site recommended to just disable it in the end. After p...
Pros: I have had this motherboard for over a year and haven't had any problems. It has a lot of expansion slots.
Cons: Should have come with better instructions for installing components. The single sheet that comes with it is sparse, so be prepared to do a bit of trial and error with a few minor things. Also, the overclocking software is merely average, so be prepared to use the BIOS as usual.