Summary: I brought this product thinking that GIGABYTE is a good brand but thoroughly disappointed with the product. I have tried everything to turn this on - but just was not able to bring up the initial display. There are no technical support number that you can get from GIGABYTE to help you out - you are on your own. I have raised a ticket with them - if I don't get a reply from them, will return the product.
Summary: This board worked perfectly with my i3-530. I did not get any of the power cycling issues that others mention. Plenty of internal USB headers which I needed for front LCD panel and card reader in my case. Works great with Ubuntu 10.10 and my HTPC setup. I would definitely recommend.
Summary: Great motherboard, installed it in my first ever build and everything works fine. For everyone complaining about this board having a cycling issue, thats caused by an inexperienced user, not a defect. I know this because mine cycled when I first installed it (I'm an inexperienced user :) ) and I had the same problem everyone else had where the board would cycle on and off several times.
Summary: Wished I had done more research before buying this board. It would appear that numerous people have had problems with this board right out of the box. Well I'm one of them. This was supposed to be a Christmas present, all the board does is power-cycle can't even get to the bios screen. I have been building and repairing computers for a very long time, so its not like I don't know what I'm doing.
stable & packed with features, but NO dvi-i output (analog)
11 May 2010
Summary: I ordered 4 of the Intel Core i3-530 and Crucial 4GB DDR3 along with these motherboards. These combo were the highest performing configuration @ lowest price I could find at the moment of this posting. The good thing is these motherboards with F2 bios worked right away with my Core i3-530. No glitch whatsoever. Standby, S3 resume all worked properly with Windows 7.
Excerpt: Mein aktueller Rechner ist nun fast zwei Jahre alt und heute möchte ich einmal das Herzstück etwas genauer vorstellen: Das Mainboard. Mit Hilfe eines guten Mainboardes kann man sich auch sicher sein, dass man einen relativ schnellen Rechner hat. Es gibt zwar immer wieder einige Schwachstellen wie CPU oder Arbeitsspeicher, aber mit der richtigen Hardware kann man auch das Optimale aus einem Mainboard herausholen.
Pros: sehr gutes Mainboard, das keine Wünsche offenlässt