Summary: I have two things to say about this motherboard. First, the workmanship in manufacturing is outstanding. I will be looking to Gigabyte for future builds. Second, and very sadly, there is a design flaw that causes serious problems for Debian Linux users. I had IO_PAGE_FAULT errors that would cause my system to lock up. You can learn more here:[...]on Launchpad. I tried the grub modifications suggested there but the system still locked up.
Summary: Linux wouldn't install and even running Windows 7 it occasionally wouldn't boot so I ended up returning it. (Thank you, Amazon!) Plenty of forum posts show that others have had similar problems, especially with Linux, so I replaced it with an [[ASIN: B00D12OBEA MSI 1333 LGA 1150]] mobo (see my review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R18WHN9AYF5E0F) which has been working like a champ.
Summary: This motherboard was the most unstable board I have ever seen, with a FX4100, Corsair 10600, sata 3 hd it would freeze up and most of the programs would not work, thought it could be components but tried everything in another computer and worked fine even the FX4100 processor worked great in another comp. tried to get an RMA and it took from JAn. until feb. to get an RMA from some company I won't name........ I would not recomend this motherboard to anyone........
Summary: Never got to test this MOBO due to needing to send it back because it came DOA. I've purchased countless PC components off Amazon but this is the first Gigabyte and the only one to come in DOA. Very disappointing as the price for the AM3+ board was perfect for my budget.
When I opened the package the heatsinks for the northbridge ...
10 August 2011
Summary: When I opened the package the heatsinks for the northbridge and southbridge fell off. After several weeks of trying to get Gigabyte to send me the screws to hold them in place I gave up. Their advice was to put the heatsinks in place and lay the computer on its side, hoping the thermal paste would hold everything together. Sorry Indian tech support guy, I'm returning it and going with an Asus board.
Summary: Massive time waster. Installing Windows 7 seemed a little flaky... after the first attempt the new OS wouldn't boot. Upon installing again it booted up fine. I chalked it up to a fluke. It worked fine for about 6 hours, just enough time for me to set up all my programs and start doing some work. Then it froze and refused to ever boot again... but in such an enticing way I kept throwing good time after bad trying to make it work.