Good Motherboard / UPDATE: Horrible Board & Company
Adam B., Newegg
2 January 2016
Summary: Overall, for my first build it's a great motherboard.. The bios is pretty nice as well, better than the standard text displays.. Has actual graphics built in with a menu that you can use your mouse to control. Has lots of options that I haven't seen in standard store bought computers..
Pros: Works great, I'm a new PC builder and this was my first computer build.. Everything seems to be working except for a couple things which were more just annoyances than anything. Not worth an RMA in my opinion
Cons: OK so here's why I took an egg off.. Everything worked great when I first loaded Windows 8.1 OEM on my system.. I reboot, and then suddenly the speaker on the motherboard shoots out this high pitched frequency and wouldn't stop.. I flashed a new update to the bios and it still does it.. A really ...
Summary: I replaced it with an Asus M5A99Fx board, love it!
Pros: Noe over any other board.
Cons: I purchased an Asus AC-68 pci x1 high end wireless adapter, which I could not install because of the location of the PCI x1 slot. the heat sink for the north bridge was in the way. Also, the board failed less that a month into operation!
Summary: One of the PCI Express slots appears to be dead, as a USB 3 expansion card has no live ports when plugged in. Not sure if this is related to the BIOS or if the slot has just died. After two stable years, the checksum error and one BSOD, I'm worried.
Pros: It had been a good board, more or less, for the last two years. Up until about a month ago, it has been stable. Had lots of room for expansion, and seemed to meet my needs for board with lots of SATA ports and expansion slots. Windows7, AMD FX-8350, 16 ram, Samsung 840 250 Gig system drive, Rosew...
Cons: Has always a problem with USB 3.0, cannot it to update drivers, either from internet or disk. I have a PCI board and the front USB 3 ports have never worked. Worse, in the last month it has begun to have random BIOS Checksum error. it will start fine for a few days, and then it will turn on and i...
Summary: I bought this because I thought my motherboard was bad, but it turned out it was the PSU. Ended up keeping it because I really like the look of it as well as the plugin locations for my custom mod project (PCI slot, USB3.0 and USB plugs, etc.
Summary: Died on me last night. After 2 years of the motherboard suffering bipolar disorder, it decided to end it all last night. My screen went blank, my pc on light was lit, but the busy light wasn't chirping away. Tried to hold onto the on button to do a hard turnoff, but that didn't turn off the system.
Pros: - Exactly what I was looking for in a Mobo* - Despite the issues, the features of this mobo kept me with it *when it decided it was a good day for it to work right.
Cons: - Bios is finicky (I'd almost be willing to call it garbage) - Would have a variety of USB issues - Lasted me literally a day over 2 years
Cons: owned this board for 9 mo 6 mo back and forth to gigabyte I tried to deal with them to no avail cept sending the board back saying there was nothing wrong with it I paid all the shipping would never buy this board again
Dead in less than a week after installing Windows 10
Che-Dermont Grant, Amazon
12 September 2015
Summary: Bought this board to build a PC for my friend. Everything was fine. Built the PC, installed Windows 10, activated it and all. It downloaded some updates and restarted. After, it's been stuck on the BIOS splash screen and won't go past that.
Summary: Finally have this system running stable using my old FX8350. Had to jump through hoops and make a call to AMD corporate to RMA my FX9590. However, AMD tells me that this board does not support the processor - but Gigabyte says it does... (someone's not on the same page).
Pros: It works I guess. Does work to an extent with FX9590 and BIOS FCh.
Cons: Since February I have been facing random lock ups... I have replaced everything on this system in troubleshooting efforts. Reseated EVERYTHING hundreds of times on this particular board. Refuses to read 1866mhz memory. Managed to set the memory to 1866mhz in BIOS but it fails to boot with more th...
Summary: I bought this to replace my year old GA990FXA-UD3 because it was newer, returning this UD5, replacing it with my old UD3, much more reliable.
Pros: Fast Nice layout, typical of Gigabyte boards, Bought as update to newer version of board. Bad Idea.
Cons: Board has trouble locating usb drivers upon initial installation of Win7, Had to hunt awhile to find appropriate drivers, this board is NOT for an inexperienced builder. Using a program and the usb at the same time is almost a guaranteed crash.
Summary: I've used Gigabyte motherboards a number of times in builds and have liked them, but this one has really disappointed me. I seriously considered sending it back immediately, I thought a BIOS upgrade might help, but now that a new BIOS is released, again I can't install it, same old problem.
Pros: Looks nice Holds 4 pci-e x16 cards Lots of SATA ports AM3+
Cons: BIOS is flakey (I tried an upgrade when I purchased it and it failed. Only with some major internet searching could I get the "DUAL Bios" to reflash a working version. From time to time, it goes into a reboot loop that can only be exited by putting a 4gb simm in the place of the 8gb I normally us...