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.
Pros: This is a follow up review after changing configurations multiple times.
Cons: Only one of it's 6 SATA ports is 6 GB/s. That's highly misleading if one doesn't read the fine details and is expecting to have all 6 high speed SATA ports for running RAIDz or something like that. I took one egg away for this reason alone.
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.