Summary: Do everything board at a good price. Good options for futur upgrades. Would buy it again. Setup is...AMD 5050e, Radeon 4670 Ultimate, SB Audigy, Kingston HyperX 2gig Dual and the rest is standard.
Pros: Complete board with all the I/O's that you need. Quality components, including solid caps for the CPU but quality electrolytics for the balance of the board. Dual Bios and bios is VERY easy to update, no need to boot in prompt. Have a 5050e on this board but the board accepts cpu's with 2/3/4 cor...
Cons: It's a micro-atx board, so your only have two PCI slots. I just needed one for my Audigy card. But it does have four Dual-Channel memory slots. Everything is cramped, not much space between connectors, but thats expected from a micro board.
Summary: Doesn't quite get there for me. Not getting 5.1 out of HDMI would have been a deal-breaker for me, had I known about it. The manual says it should work, but the software only lets me select stereo output.
Pros: * Inexpensive * Built in HD3200 * Lots of Ports * Supports Phenom II's
Cons: * Could only get stereo output from HDMI, even though a FAQ on website said it supports 5.1 * CPU Frequency Scaling (Cool N Quiet) is broken on this motherboard (and some others, probably most Gigabyte 780G's) on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 and 9.04. It's a known issue that is still being worked. * Short. ...
Pros: I got this motherboard in a combo with an AMD 2.3 Quad Core and it is a perfect match. Their is absolutely nothing to worry about overheating because it runs very cool. The onboard video was a very big bonus because I did not have a PCI-E video card but the onboard video is fantastic and is quite...
Summary: don't take the cons wrong. all motherboards still have those ports. but i wish they wouldn't. those that need them are still debating on whether or not to upgrade the ddr ram in their system, as a matter of fact follow the ddr example.
Pros: Easy set up, runs fine, bios are updated regularly, current is f5.
Cons: I've had this board for 6 months now no probs with it. It is time to start dropping some of these ports though. FDD is utterly useless today, @bios and pen drives solve that. IDE is done and over with, make a backup of the data and get a sata drive. LPT? Really now, who uses this for a printer to...
Summary: Honestly, they should just make these boards available with no onboard video because the HD3200 is really weak.
Pros: Quality components and a clean layout. Dual bios is really a nice feature.
Cons: Radion HD3200 video is pretty weak and ATI driver package is a cow. Video goes black for no apparent reason and quickly returns with a notice from the ATI driver that some failure occured but that the graphics have recovered? I think this is heat related and it happens very rarely so I only remov...
Summary: Not sure why EIDE hard drive detection takes a LOT longer than average, about 5-6 minutes for detection to happen!
Pros: Board does everything it promises, stays cool about 111F at high load, lots of plugs for Sata drives, a good buy. Using 2GB right now and Windows 7 RC 1 64-bit runs faster than Vista and overall good performance. Nice upgrade from OEM motherboard.
Cons: Too bad it only has 1 ATA/EIDE ports, and it takes a A LONG TIME to find any device plugged to that port while installing any OS. Also, had a little bit of problem seting up the CPU heatsink and fan, I thought I was gonna break either the heatsink or the motherboard!
Summary: Docked an egg for not working fine right out of the box but I'm used to futzing with things and the BIOS update that fixed the issues I had wasn't too long in coming. All in all a very nice board especially when paired with a quad core Phenom II 920 or 940.
Pros: Excellent price for AM2+ motherboard Micro ATX form factor makes for somewhat easier install All the ports I could want Integrated graphics lets me hold out for a better value on a graphics card for a while Works great with my AMD Phenom II X4 920 at 240MHz FSB 14X locked multiplier (3.36 GHz Ove...
Cons: After setting up the system I had problems getting the integrated graphics working. It seemed to take a long time to initialize the graphics and give me a display. Then it would get noisy occasionally. Putting a fan on the northbridge seemed to help. Updated the BIOS to F3 and nearly solved the p...
Summary: Great hardware. Issues with software. Dumb support One of the best choices around -- hardware/price, performance/price ... Just know what you are doing :)
Pros: All connectors I need. Very stable with BIOS version F3, Phenom II 940, 8GB RAM, Vista64/Linux64 -- one month uptime each -- no problems at all. Excellent iddle power consumption ~52W (64W wall power -- Kill-A-Watt). 8% CPU usage playing DVDs. Good VGA. Problems are fixable.
Cons: Avoid @BIOS updates -- it started my problems; I wasted of a couple of hours fixing them. Update to the most recent BIOS using Q-flash. Note: you will need acces to a Windows computer to extract .exe BIOS -- the only format downloadable from Gigabyte -- sort of dumb for a Windows-free BIOS update...
Pros: I needed to replace a mobo for an HP a6720y; HP doesn't sell them to anyone. This was as close as I could come to the original; it's actually a step up from the stock part. Uses the same HSF mount as the HP stock mobo. Good onboard video and plenty of USB font-panel connectors.
Cons: Limited number of back-panel USB 2 connectors.
Summary: I originally ordered another MOBO by another company and it would not handle the video demands I put on it without BSOD. I have an Avermedia M780 TV tuner card and watch HDTV from 480i to 1080i and this MOBO handles all resolutions of HDTV.
Pros: Handled a Phenom II 810 no problem. No BSOD, MOBO has been running 14 hours without the slightest problem. Will report the status of the MOBO after a week or so.
Cons: There is a faint, very low volume, 1000 hertz whistle when listening using stereo speakers only and it is not constant. The whistling noise is so low in volume that I can barely hear it. I believe that all is needed is a better audio driver.