Summary: Shopping for motherboards honestly scares the crap out of me. There are so many mixed reviews on so many boards that I am convinced that its all just luck/chance/fate whether yours works right or not. This one works great. Had windows XP and the usb 3.0 ports would not work at all. Installed Windows 7 64 bit and Have had no problems since. This board is big, and it looks really nice as well. The bios are ok.
Summary: OK i am going to say this.The System works perfectly when you first start it off.I had no problems before installing my make up with was a A8-3870K and then the 120GB SSD from Corsair then the HIS Radeon HD 6670.Remember put the goo on the center of the processor before putting the fan on.Do not smear it around the edges.
Summary: Solid MB. I like a product that arrives and performs as advertised, with no negative suprises. Had a little problem in configuring the sound output with the included utility. The sound software does not keep the default sound choice. This is a pain when using it on a HTPC, but finally worked around it by using the Windows 7 defaults. Gave a 4 star for poor sound SW, otherwise great buy.
Summary: Many quirks with this board. You can't get into bios using a usb keyboard. Plug in an old school PS/2 into that port and then pressing delete will get you in. Another option is to download their "touchbios" software from their site that will let you adjust settings while in windows. You will need to get into bios if using 1866mhz memory as it will default to 1600(although it states 1866 is supported and default). Change the timings in bios.
Summary: I built 2 computers using this board. Works great, fast, reliable, good quality, better bios then I've seen on any asus board, and lots of features. It would have gotten 5 stars for features but, it doesn't support wake on lan, and I couldn't use the svga, and the hdmi ports at the same time.
Summary: The User's Guide steps on pages 80-81 is a cluster muck into installing WinXP. The real power of any Mobo is the CMOS machine code that enables the OS and all applications to work on your PC. Without firmware/CMOS machine code, all PC hardware is a dead brick. Besides spelling out acronyms (without what, where, when, why explanations) as we come to expect when we enter the CMOS screens, this Gigabyte CMOS required me to have a USB floppy (outdated hardware)to copy XP...