First thing that stood out like a sore thumb was the near silence
PC Guy "Keith", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: Bought this to upgrade my 2009 Gigabyte ga-970a-ud3p in prep for Windows 10. Mainly it was nearing time to upgrade my hardware anyway & I feared activation issues after the Windows 10 upgrade if I waited. Now I ask myself, why did I wait so long ?
Summary: I'm not sure why this board is ranked like, number 2, in AM3+ boards, while sorting by "Highest Rated", because I've had nothing but headaches out of this board. Don't get me wrong tho. This would be an awesome board, if it actually worked.
Pros: Plenty of USB 3.0 ports available. Support for the 220-watt, 8-core, heavy hitters. Dual x16 mode PCIe configuration, for X-fire setups.
Cons: Random reboots while gaming. Poor technical support (board sent in for repair, returned to me unfixed). I/O shield doesn't quite line up with one set of rear ports (minor gripe).
Summary: Three years ago, I built two systems for our home offices based on rev 1 of these boards. They worked flawlessly for three years, until a nearby lightning strike took out my router, switch, cable modem, DSL modem, three printers, two monitors, and the two motherboards, their CPUs, graphics cards,...
Pros: Simple installation Well constructed board Nice Feature Set Proven Reliable for me in the past
Cons: NB heat sink could be better Side-facing SATA ports sound like a better idea than they are
Sent back before opening - Too many terrible reviews
4 weeks ago
Pros: Price, features
Cons: Just get the ASUS M5A99FX - I ordered one of these Gigabytes and got very cold feet after the plethora of terrible reviews (even including the rev 4's) with NB heat, USB issues, etc... The M5A99FX is absolutely fantastic, it really really is. Been cranking an AMD 8320 in it past 4.5ghz absolutely...
Good mobo for the budget, but watch the Northbridge heat
Ryan Y., Newegg
5 July 2015
Summary: Gigabyte is a solid brand, and this is a good budget board, but if you can afford something a little more, I would recommend it.
Pros: abundant I/O ports, excellent built in optical sound, One of the first boards to work with the AMD FX chips
Cons: Early Bios updates were iffy, and more often than not wouldn't take on the first try. Trying to save settings would cause and instant restart. as others have stated THE NORTH BRIDGE RUNS TOO HOT, and the NB heatsink is a non-standard size, so it's not possible to find a 3rd party replacement heat...
Summary: I think the chipset has issues, could just be this board, and I've tried changing/replacing nearly everything else. Currently have a repair order in to Gigabyte whom I've always had great success with thier boards in the past. I'll see how thier Support does.
Pros: Supports Xfire and FX processors.
Cons: Extremely slow to boot, drops all USB ports when it goes to sleep mode, cannot return from sleep without reboot. Formatted drive as UEFI drive (SSD) thinking it should be fastest/newest type format. Bad idea. VERY bad idea. Reloaded windows as Legacy drive. Somewhat faster, but no much.
Summary: I would highly recomend this Board ot anyoine Starting out Gaming. And Other Parts in My Build to be a goo starter rig. But of Course Improvements and Major Overclocking has taken place.
Pros: Since I have Been Building Pc's for 20+ Yrs. The Biggest issue has been Price and ease of Install. Moving Jumpers, not moving Jumpers ect ect. Coupled with a Thermaltake Case install is a Breeze. Crucial Ram easy to install. PCI Express and Water cool system run smoothly and with out hitch on thi...
Cons: Gigabyte was a New Board to Me. I used to do strictly ASUS or MCI. The Price was reasonable, but the Gigabyte wesbiste was a Bit Confusing at First.