Summary: This is a great board for the price! I thought I wouldn't be able to afford a board with a top-end chipset like this. Now this one is Gigabyte's lowest-end of this top chipset, but still, it's quite impressive. It works quite well for me - even the USB 3.0 controller seems to work perfectly which is a change since my last motherboard had a very picky USB 3.0 controller. The UEFI takes some getting used to because it's so extensive.
Summary: Please do this first. Look at your NorthBridge AMD990FX heat sink. Does it wiggle. If it does, then do this. Use a pair of needle nose pliers and care fully push out the 2 white pins. Take off heat sink. Does the Thermal paste look dry and cracked, mine was. Now clean the paste off, Goo Gone, then Alcohol. Put on new Thermal Paste. Push heatsink back into board. NEXT. GO INTO BIOS AND ENABLE IOMMU this will allow all your USB to work right.
Summary: This is a good motherboard! This is the first motherboard i have gotten from Gigabyte, all the other boards i have gotten have been asus. This motherboard has everything you will need for a very reasonable price. it also looks amazing with its black finish. i found there to be lots of space for your cards, aftermarket coolers, and memory. Everything is where it should be and everything fits perfectly.
DO NOT BUY, Poor Quality build, HORRIBE customer s
20 June 2013
Summary: The pci slot came off the board while un installing a video card, I've been building computers for awhile, I made sure I push the tabs down, and took the card out like your supposed too, Email the company and they accused me of uninstalling the video card properly.. When the pci slot came off the board you can clearly see that nothing is securing the guide to the board. Only pins that connect to the video card, serious!
Summary: First I had trouble installing the drivers. I finally did it after several hours of working on it. But It was my fault. Then I had to re-install my windows7. which was not easy. Finally it works very well. Good choice. Would recommand.
Summary: If you buy this and you have an older power supply 600 watts or less be careful, this thing will not boot with out a good power supply. I had to dish out another 100 bucks for a new psu, but it was worth it, the motherboard runs great does what it says it does on the box.
Summary: Good quality motherboard for a decent price. However, if I tried to install Ubuntu 64-bit, USB2 and LAN did not work (rev. 3.0). The solution was to enable the IOMMU Controller in the "Peripherals" page in setup. Source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?
Pros: - Lots of features for the price (when on sale w/ rebate), - Easy to use setup / Q-Flash, - 8 USB2 ports + 3 internal connectors, - 2 eSATA ports
Cons: - 64 bit Linux doesn't work out of the box (see summary for a fix)
Summary: I just want to say that I bought this mother board about 1 month ago, but haven't fired it up yet. It looks nice, and I've heard good things about Gigabyte boards, so I hope it will perform well. As for lack of PCI express 3.0 slots... NO north bridge chipset, Intel or AMD, supports PCI X 3.0, only the PCI X 2.0; I've done the research; so don't expect much of a gain in graphics performance despite having a graphics card with PCI X 3.0; no big deal there.