Summary: I dont plan to upgrade MB anytime soon but would love to try out Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD. However, I'm not sure how much extra performance I would gain and if it would justify the cost.....probably not.
Pros: If you have this MB and are looking to upgrade to SSD SATA3 consider this; Just upgraded to SATA III with inexpensive controller from SYBA SD-PEX40054 based on Marvell chipset purchased here on newegg. Works great, SSD speed has doubled in ATTO benchmark with latest drivers from SYBA to 526/532 M...
Cons: Bios screen when set in AHCI RAID mode (SSD mode) taking too long to load in my opinion, slowing overall pc boot time. I was never able to reasonably OC this with Q9550 C0 and Muschkin 1066 memory, otherwise a solid performer for my needs.
Summary: At least it had 2 Gig-E ports and it's nice to have the backup although it's a bit tough to swallow a brand new build with less than 100% functionality. In every other respect, no issues.
Pros: This is my third build with this MB and everything was flawless for several days as expected. The first two builds went flawlessly and have performed perfectly for nearly one year.
Cons: One of the Gig-E ports died after a few days - just failed to start under Win7 Pro X64 even though it had worked perfectly until the sudden failure. I debated returning it to NewEgg for a replacement but this was a build for a relative and I didn't have the time for a do-over so I'm just relying ...
Summary: Would someone please measure the distance (in millimeters) from the motherboard to the top of the North Bridge heat-sink (CPU side)? I want to use a Scythe Mine CPU cooler and need to know if it will clear that heat-sink. Thank you.
Pros: I haven't bought it yet. A good manual on line.
Summary: I was a big fan of Asus until I tried my first Gigabyte motherboard. I no longer use Asus and will stick with Gigabyte for now on. My UD3P has all the bells and whistles just like the Asus, but without the constant crashes and burn outs I've experienced with Asus.
Pros: CPU support for all intel socket 775 processors up to QX 9775. Cool looks and outstanding performance.
Summary: Not as much as a con, so I left leaving it here. Diffcult bios, booting to fast into the windows. It is hard to boot from a CD/DVD drive. With Windows 7 and using ACHI, it is difficult because the CD/DVD drive mentioned above.
Pros: Nice features and nice oc'ing power even on my stock cooler. Hope to upgraded it to move up. Quad core 2.6 to 3.GHz is okay. I dropped it for now since its a stock cooler. UPS always delivers it in good working condition. I feel bad for the people who get broken or dead things.
Cons: The downside is if your using a ATI 5770 crossfire is, the PCI is being squeezed to heat death from my cards up. My poor little creative sound card is smashed in with 2 of the 5770. I hope it doesn't cause heat issues.
Summary: This motherboard is a beast. Everything is working perfectly now. I say "now" because originally I had 2 2gb sticks of RAM that I put into the duel slots (same color). It gave me problems when trying to load my OS but when I installeda different (3rd)stick of RAM and booted and installed my OS,...
Summary: This was not like some of the flimsier boards I've seen. The quality is good. It has a backup BIOS image which is useful. Built in LAN ports and audio are nice. The built in audio is alright. You can upgrade to a better soundcard after you test it for yourself.