Summary: May relegate this as a server board, but will need SATA III and not SATA II, but I digress.
Pros: Gigabyte raid works. Takes an Intel SSD 730 240GB drive that was installed last Spring. Sapphire 5850 codmw version is still working after six years. Room for eight sata drives, even though it is only SATA II.
Pros: Man this mobo has been running for 7 years now, its never failed me once, overclocked my Duo quad to 3.2 from 2.4 easy for years and never ever gave me any trouble, am currently upgrading but I will always stay with gigabit
Pros: Still running after all these years. Daily. I game on it. The system's gotten some upgrades over the years, and is currently sitting with a q6600 in it. Solid. No problems. The motherboard has outlasted everything else in the box aside from the RAM. I've had 2 different CPUs in it, 3 PSUs, 3 diff...
Cons: None. This is the best motherboard I've ever bought, and converted me from Asus to Gigabyte forever.
Summary: Don't know much about the latest socket processors, but I would be inclined to try Gigabyte first over any others, simply because of this board.
Pros: Bought this board in 2007, and it is still going strong 2013. There isn't a better "Pro" in my book, than a motherboard that lasts 6 years.
Cons: Sadly I feel its time for an upgrade soon and it really does pain me to have to retire this board. It has been overclocking my Q6600 for at least 5 years out of the 6 I have owned it. It has outlasted 2 PSU's, 4GB of memory and 2 GPU's.
Cons: It finally failed last night. I got it October 3rd 2007, and it died December 9th 2011. Something near the bottom PCI slot burned out. Not sure what it was, but disappointed. Seemingly impossible to find a replacement online. I've looked everywhere.
Summary: if i had thought i would use sli i'd have bought one with 2 pci-ex16 slots, but aside that everything else works great. audio is great, vista-32 drivers are perfect
Pros: i've loved this board. 2.4 duo-core, 8600gt, corsair 2gb ram etc. works very well. placement of things on the board works for me, haven't had any cramped areas (though i don't use the IDEs so who knows.)
Cons: the overclocking controls are a little tricky to use. (took a bit of work to get ram oc'd to 1066) and only one pci-ex16 could be a problem (thought sli was stupid then i bought crysis....)
Summary: I really liked the 965P, but it started acting up when I added a tower CPU cooler with a back plate mounting system. (Noctua NH-U12P) Unfortunately, the 965P has too many pins protruding from the reverse side of the board that can short out if your cooler uses a back plate.
Pros: Great features for the price. I bought this board to replace a GA-965P-DS3 that had problems.(see other thoughts) Compared to the 965P, this board has more rear USB ports, more SATA ports, more fan headers, and overclocks just as well, if not better. (haven't had much time to really push it yet)
Cons: If the positions of the IDE and floppy drive connectors were reversed, this board would be perfect.
Summary: Remember to set the IDE drivers to AHCI if you want the modern SATA features and have a driver floppy or stick ready.
Pros: No problems installing it. Works pretty well with Vista. Sleep mode has no problems waking up over and over. 8 USB ports in the back and two in the front are real nice. The manual is relatively clearly written. All SATA ports are AHCI/RAID.
Pros: Great board for the money. Has everything you would need in a board. This is the second one I have bought. The first one was mine and the second one for my son. Both ahve been awesome and I like that they are flexible enough to take the new 45nm Wolfdale processor and can overclock easily. Great ...
Cons: None so far on either mine (9 months old) or my sons (1 month).
Summary: I finally did get an RMA number and they are supposedly fixing the board. In this process I have spoken to 7 people from Gigabyte. I can tell you that with the exception of the gentleman who got me the RMA number, I have found them all to be lacking in the very basics of customer service.
Pros: I initially wrote a very positive review about this motherboard. I even included the RAM modules I got for it so that others would not have a problem finding reliable RAM. I really like this board, but I will never buy another Gigabyte product again, nor will I ever recommend Gigabyte to anyone e...
Cons: Unfortunately, I flashed the BIOS on this board a week ago and the board died. I do not overclock. I build high end systems for photographers and graphic designers. They need all the RAM they can get and I use Windows XP Pro 64 bit so that they will be able to take advantage of the RAM. Dealing w...