Cons: after more than a year using an asus f1a75-v with 16GB and an AMD A8-3870 (RADEON HD 6550D) running at 3 GHz, I moved to the Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-HD3 with an AMD A10-6800 (Radeon HD 8670D) at 4.1GHz (8GB). lost video performance. not pleased.
Summary: You need a SATA Hard Drive (or SSD) & a SATA DVD Drive for Windows install. After Windows install, you can add a PCI interface for old PATA IDE devices. You need to install Net 4.0 on CD before installing AMD Catalyst then download the latest Drivers from AMD website.
Pros: Small width Mobo creates space for long Mobile Drive Racks in standard Mini-Tower Cases. Has Headers for Serial & Parallel Printers. Has USB 2 & 3 Connections.
Cons: No Floppy Header, No PATA IDE Header, No Internal Beep Speaker or Indicators for Post Codes.
Summary: I made an error in buying from Gigabyte. It's the first Gigabyte motherboard I've bought, and it will be the last Gigabyte product of any kind that I buy if they keep stonewalling on giving me the service appropriate for a 3-year warranty.
Pros: Two PCI Express 2.0 x 16 slots.
Cons: First boot of this board, I went into the BIOS to see what the hype was about. In the process, I gave the BIOS a password. I can't get rid of it, and Gigabyte can't get rid of it. Gigabyte customer service (maybe tech support? I surely hope it's better than this) keeps telling me to clear the CMO...
Summary: It's good for what I need it for (small media and web-browsing system)
Pros: Well set up, everything in a sensible location, feels solid in the hand, didn't flex even with a heavy CPU cooler attached
Cons: No internal speaker for beep codes. The audio port does not work right when the cable is fully inserted; I had to pull the audio cable out about 1/8" to get sound out of both speakers. Fully inserted, it only produced sound out the left side.
Summary: Bought it primarily because of the small footprint. Have it in an Apex MJ16 and there is room to spare. So far, I'm happy. Just thought I'd post a "No obvious deal breakers" review to let you know it's not a box full of trouble.
Pros: Just got it, really. Haven't had time to shake it out. Everything appears to be working OK. Updated BIOS over the net from Windows, no problems. Running 16Gb Crucial Ballistix memory OK. Works with a 4 pin ATX 12V connector. I've had it running for 10-12 hr. stretches with no glitches.
Cons: Don't know for sure, but BIOS may be a bit limited. I can't seem to undervolt CPU, for example. Reported temps in BIOS and Gigabyte's Windows application disagree; neither agrees with SpeedFan. I'm either running core temps of 25 or 37 or 63 degrees. What is so difficult about this? I've been bui...