Pros: 1. Price- $69 bux for a micro ATX that can run Ivy Bridge, Crossfire X AND 4 DIMMs! 2.UEFI- I don't know what Gigabyte does differently in their UEFI from other board makers, but OS X loves it and so do I! 3. Easy set-up- everything is clearly marked, there is quite a bit of room to work.
Cons: Minor nit picks: 1. Only 1 fan header. It's 4 pin, and that's appreciated. However, 2 would be nice. 2. SATA ports are a mixture of 90 degree and straight. All 90 degree would be better. 3. SATA 6Gb port isn't clearly labelled.
Summary: Set this MB with an Core I3 CPU. Installed Windows 8 perfectly. Has been very stable and solid. Probably not a good MB for gamers, but solid for business applications and works great with a USB PCTV tuner on Win Media Center. Highly recommend if you need a good stable MB for everyday use.
Pros: Its a nice board for a micro atx board. purchased for a budget gaming build. The bios seems pretty robust. Working fine now that i found out...
Cons: As another poster mentioned, you need to set it to AHCI mode instead of IDE. By default it is set to the legacy setting of IDE for sata type, it needs to be switched to AHCI for most modern hard drives to work properly. I was having all sorts of problems getting windows 7 to install (BSOD and other read errors), untill i found and changed this setting.
Pros: Just works out of the box, you can read the specs yourself.
Cons: Minor BIOS oversights: LPt1 & Serial port settings with no connectors?? Dumb! You'll need to manually turn them off. Also important for Win 7 users: hard drive needs to set to AHCI manually in BIOS. Also, external cooling fan connector all the way on the right of board, instead near the left (rear) of case where it should be.