Summary: I bought this motherboard for the gaming rig I build in July 2010 and I am still using it for gaming. Over the years I have upgraded my SSD drives a few times and I recently upgraded my RAM from 6GB to 24GB for running virtual machines.
Pros: - Still works great after 5 years of use - SATA3 works great with current generation SSD drives (Samsung 850 EVO and ) and older SSD drives (OCZ Agility 2 and OCZ Vertex 3) - Supports 24GB of RAM
Cons: RAM voltage needs to be upped to 1.65v (default in BIOS is 1.5v) if you want to run 1600MHz RAM at 1600+MHz
Pros: Worked great for 5+ years, this baby got me though college and has seem some ruff times but it has survived it all. (even a short circuit problem due to a faulty case USB, and a glass of water being dumped on it... <_< >_>) A+ would recommend gigabyte boards.
Cons: Had a few problems with the BIOS over the years, I had to flash it once after it got messed up.
Pros: I loved it a first. I loved all the bells and whistles.
Cons: There are two: 1. There is no place to plug a female USB cable. This cable usually comes with cases. 2. THIS IS A BIG ONE. After having this computer for 3 years with no issues--at all. For the first time, I put the computer in sleep mode and it never woke up! I tried everything just like the guy...
Summary: Why is it that everyone seems to have this mobo fail on them at 3-5 years, JUST AFTER the warranty is up. Planned Obsolencence? I have loved Gigabyte products over the years, but this is the second board from them that I have had that dies right after the warranty is up.
Pros: It seemed to work pretty well for the first few years. It had solid performance when it worked, and the on board RAID options were sufficient for my uses.
Cons: Where to start... First, after a couple years I would get random hanging in the POST when going from cold boot. A couple hard boots would finally boot past the POST. Second, after about 3 years, it would not come out of sleep mode, and the power button on the case would do nothing. flipping the s...
Summary: If I could go back I would've bought the Asus sabertooth x58 as it's more stable and easier to configure.
Pros: Owned this board for 4 years and still running. Works good with my Sata II drives Runs my GTX 970 so far with no issues. Still Powerful.
Cons: - Sata III speeds are dull. - Only one sata port from the Marvel chipset runs stable. The other will BSOD. - Had to RMA this board once a couple years ago due to memory socket issues. - System temp use to run hot until I removed the the blue plates from the NB and SB and used a good cooling solut...
Cons: did a slow fail after about 3 years. it's very hard to detect when the boards goes bad. checked ram, replaced PSU, clean system install. but something still wasn't right. hard drives constantly accessed. performance slowed. drivers not working on marvel chip. pretty sure it's the board. the painf...
Summary: I have had this board since 2010 and up until 3 days ago, it has run decently. It's a bit noisy, and it takes a while to POST, but all in all it was decent. Well enter 3 days ago, boot up a game, playing along and boom, blue screen. Go to restart and nothing.
Pros: Lasted a while. Labeling on the board is pretty easy to locate.