Summary: im sad to say it was not working when it arrived. i had hoped since this was my first build that i had just made an error in hooking everything up and overlooked something. I couldnt find anything i missed so i decided to pick up another board from micro center to see if it would work an yup. worked just fine. Still think this would make a great board for my computer...i just drew the short straw this time.
Summary: One of the reasons that I chose this board is for the Dual Bios. I overclock and like the security of a back up BIOS. The first time that I flashed a BIOS update it failed and the backup BIOS didn't initiate. Tech Support gave me nothing but the basic steps that I had already tried (clear the CMOS, remove memory and peripherals, etc) so I was on my own or RMA. I'm writing this because I found a solution which may be of use to someone who has the same experience.
Summary: This board is of excellent quality. It has lots of fan headers, plenty of PCIe slots, and even a legacy PCI slot, and it was at a really great price. I highly recommend this board if you are running a socket FM2 CPU.
Summary: I bought this board for a new litecoin mining rig (heavy GPU utilization, on 24/7 computer). On arrival the NIC was not working, confirmed this with Gigabyte support online. I did an RMA through gigabyte and they sent me a brand new board. I was pleasently suprised as I usually have to go through the vendor for computer part RMAs. So +1 to gigabyte for the easy RMA process, unfortunately I cant get more than 4 stars since it had a faulty part at the start.
Summary: It's a big motherboard, but so far has proven to be very solid. Using it as a linux workstation, loaded up ubuntu and then manually downloaded the video card drivers, had some initial problems when running three monitors with the anti-screen tearing KDE stuff enabled but when I turned it off there hasn't been any other issues. There are new versions of the drivers now that probably fix it, but it's so stable right now that I have not bothered.
Summary: I recently upgraded my computer, and thinking my old motherboard supported all but only a-series processors, I got the best a-series processor. Then only to find out it only supported the a8's down. So stuck with an apu I needed I find a motherboard that could fit one and my other parts, like two graphics cards and four ram slot. This did the trick, now I'm playing pc games, skyrim for the most part, maxed and modded.
Summary: Good looking, lots of functionalities, great BIOS. My build: Amd A8 6600k Gigabyte AMD FM2 A85X ATX Motherboard G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) SAPPHIRE HD 7850 1GB Antec 450w Power Supply