Summary: Used this for an i5 3.2GHz build. So far it is fast. I don't use the internal graphics capabilities (used an EVGA NVidia GTX 750ti)but I wanted a Micro ATX board. I have always loved Gigabyte boards and so far this has not disappointed.
Pros: USB 3.0 header, SATA 6GB, 4 DIMM slots, multiple BIOS profiles, PCIe 16x 3.0, Comes with utility to partition HDD for a backup image, comes with 2 SATA cables (1 straight and 1 right angle), TONS of USB ports (4 3.0 and 8 2.0 total), 8 Channel audio
Cons: 2 SATA ports are on the side of the board, only 1 SATA 6GB port, no adapter for USB 2.0 headers
Summary: I am still trying to find a motherboard brand for customer builds with Intel out of the picture. Did about a dozen ASUS based machines. The last one would not power down fully and issue could not be resolved. Not done with ASUS, but heard Gigabyte was the only other choice in terms of reliability.
Summary: I also saw the possibility for a second graphics card, but it is only a 4x slot. Now I'm not completely familiar with how the PCIe lanes work but I'm hoping that when I find a nice deal for another R9 270x later on I can do some crossfire and experiment with that technology.
Pros: So I bought this mobo in order to accommodate my new core i7-3770 (which I got a nice deal on) so I wanted aq basic motherboard with some RAM expandability (I already have 2x4GB sticks) for later upgrades. This fit the bill and had some decent reviews.
Cons: None I can specifically speak of so far (about 4 months into my ownership).
Summary: Gateway motherboard and CPU (i3 2100) crapped out last week, but all the other components were fine. Bought this with an i7 3770 and I couldn't be happier. If you don't overclock like me, but love video editing and using SVP with XBMC then the combo MB and processor I have should make you very happy...
Cons: On 2 different computers had power outages and the BIOS resets its self creating AHCI mode to default back to IDE, which in turn causes the computer to not boot and be in a continuous reboot loop.
Summary: I had to replace my existing Motherboard, and was expecting that it would be a lot of work. It was breeze. With a new Intel processor in place, I turned it on, and everything fired without any glitches. The system has been running smoothly and is fast.
Summary: small gaming rig for the daughter, I am sure she will love it.
Pros: Worked great right off the bat, so far so good. The only problem I had was with the drivers for the eth. port. Internet would work with the drivers provided but totally cut off when trying to download the new drivers. When I arrived home from work today, I just DL'd them on my pc and burned them ...
NO Integrated Graphics! Requires GPU or dedicated graphics card!
3 December 2013
Summary: This Board is fast and has excellent features thus the four stars. The reason it's missing a fifth star is because of something Gigabyte has done, and not directly related to the performance. This boards specs say, under Onboard Graphics "Integrated Graphics Processor".