Pros: My first one of these boards was DOA. However this one is flawless. I feel the USB 3.0 controller on this board is much better than the Asrock boards I usually prefer. All extra features working beautifully. Have it running with the A8-3870K, 128gb Crucial M4 SSD, 1.5tb 7200rpm Hatachi, 8gb 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws. Getting the following WEI Score:
Cons: First board was DOA, but that happens eventually to every brand and make of board.
Pros: Fairly easy to configure the bios. Good performer for the price point. Bought the AMD 3870K with this board.
Cons: Windows Vista and 7 don't recognize RAID on boot (Ubuntu does). Would be nice if the SATA ports could be individually configured, rather than 0-3 and 4-5. If you configure 0-3 to work as RAID, then 4-5 can either be RAID or IDE. They can't be configured as simply SATA. Had to update BIOS to get vista to install.
Summary: 2) Unless I am mistaken this is the flagship board of the Gigabyte A-series and with the A-series being a totally integrated approach to computing I felt they could have gone further. An integrated BlueToooth adapter would have been a nice touch that I would have paid an extra $10 for.
Pros: I was a little hesitant to go the A series route but with the combo deal on the AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop I couldn't pass it up. This pairing is fantastic as I have great system speed and video quality that is better than I need. All my system temps are very low and I can barely tell my fans are even on.
Cons: 1) The bios is very tricky to get into as you need to press delete repeatedly to make sure you select it at the right time. It also seems to go into three separate processes that feels a bit slow. 1 blip tells you the bios version, the 2nd blip tells you your cpu configuration, then the 3rd blip tellls you it is loading your operating system. They could have put steps 1 & 2 together and dropped the loading your operating system message which might speed things up.
Summary: Bought this board to make a computer to run multiple monitors, video, and handle a trading platform called Thinkorswim, which places quite the load on most machines, noticeably slowing them down. This board had no problem running anything I could throw at it. They put everything except the kitchen sink into this board and it's quite an excellent value.
Summary: Agreeing with the first reviewer for this MoBo, the software is unrefined and not intuitive. I also experienced several issues with the BIOS once powered on and first posted. Once in the BIOS, making the appropriate selections was not difficult for myself (above average tech level). Updating the BIOS from Gigabyte's website made an improvement.