Summary: It was expected that the SLI option would block some ports/headers on the motherboard. With two GPU's in SLI using the x16 PCI-e slots, adding a PCI accessory is completely out of the question. Be patient when choosing a motherboard.
Pros: -Reliable -Color theme is great -Sufficient fan headers -USB 3.0 -Sufficient support, rather up-to-date drivers + BIOS -Many options on the rear IO ports.
Cons: -Fan speeds at MAXIMUM for the first 5-10 seconds of booting. So it is VERY loud initially, then it the fans mellow out. -Fan control is lacking. BIOS only allows control of CPU fan and a single system fan. Seriously? For a 990FX board? -Lack of overclocking ease. I understand there is some skill...
Summary: Overall it was good to me while it lasted. The USB 3.0 ports in the rear didn't work when i got the board, Well they kind of did, they would charge/power my phone or headset but after a while they started causing my computer to shut down on itself.
Pros: Its a solid motherboard. Ease of UEFI Nice look and layout
Cons: Died within a year Bad stock thermal paste, be sure to replace it. USB 3.0 ports in rear did not work upon delivery
Cons: After 120 days, the motherboard would see my 32gb of ram, but in windows, there was only 16gb usable and 16gb is hardware reserved. Contacted gigabyte support 2 times, in which they said is was a software issue. Contacted Microsoft, in which they said it was a motherboard issue. Neither Microsoft...
Summary: I see there is a newer model of this motherboard out now. hopefully with this new model they have addressed the issues that were causing so many DOA motherboards to be sent out.
Pros: for the price of this board it offers pretty much everything you would want out of a mobo to get started with. 2 x16 slots for true crossfire/ sli capability, supports the high frequency memory, usb 3.0, 7.1 surround. for a inexpensive motherboard to get started with, this would be a good option.
Cons: I've dealt with quite a few of these mother boards over the last several years in several different builds. all of them have worked out flawlessly until I purchased one this year. unfortunately so far I received 2 DOA motherboard in a row. on this current build i'm working on I am now on my 3rd m...
Pros: I was sent two DOA's. The third one lasted 3 years and just fried on me 7 months out of manufacturers warranty. Luckily I bought the two year extended plan, which I highly recommend. Sturdy board, put up with everything I threw at it. OC's easily, very stable, too.
Summary: Waiting for a response from Gigabyte support as online forums have got me no where. will update with reply and end result.
Pros: Decent Board, affordable.
Cons: Bios Menu isn't that great if you've owned other higher end boards could take some getting used to. Has issues recognizing SSD, can be resolved but the issues are present. Be careful if you plan to put 4 sticks of RAM in this, I've had nothing but trouble with this board since i added another 2 s...
Summary: other wise a very good board, im sure i just got a bad one off the shelf
Pros: Has all the connections you need in a board, looks amazing in your case
Cons: short in the board, never plugged power to the board before everything was together besides when i tested the psu alone, but when i turn the system on it struggles to power up, lights up and turns right back off in two seconds, then repeats about another 5 times tll it posts and there might be a ...
Summary: I like the features, But it would be nice to use it!
Pros: Features are nice. But!
Cons: I have never had this much trouble with a build. I have had more total blue screen of deaths, no mater what I try then I have had in the last 10 years. I have an 8-core AMD, 8gb of memory, a Noctua NH-D14 cooler, running Windows 7 Pro. Using an OCX-VERTEX3ATA HD which has never caused past proble...