Summary: I researched this and I am please with its performance. I have an intel i7 CPU and 32 gig memory and use a top end Gigabyte graphic card. My system is blazing fast. I also used a very large cooling fan tower on the CPU so this makes the room in the case tight. The instruction where easy to follow if you are familiar with the parts. Just take your time and look up anything that is questionable, no guessing.
Summary: So I am well aware this motherboard had a VERY rough start anywhere from stability issues to bios problems to just flat out failing, but naturally a company like Gigabyte is not going to let this continue....... So for the REV.1.1 review the board comes equipped with the F16 bios that has support for the newest ivy-bridge E cpu.
Summary: There are plenty of forums online reporting this problem and there doesn't seem to be a clear fix anywhere. Anywhere from 10-50% of the time, it won't return from sleep (S3) or reboot properly (Windows 8 64-bit). Requires turning off the power supply, pressing the power button to empty the capacitors, turning on the power supply and starting it up again. It's frustrating.
Summary: this mother board sucks.. would not let me get into bios.. tried everything.. removing battery.. different video card.. different ram.. multiple keyboards... wasted my time putting everything together. needed this computer to work ASAP and it wouldnt...
Summary: I stumbled upon a 2011 CPU, and rather than sell it I figured I would build a machine around it. And I know I chose a great board for it, as this board has everything I need as a basis to game, edit video & audio, and otherwise just work and play. Only 4 RAM slots, but still supports quad-channel architecture. Realtek 898 onboard audio is "good enough", and I've read that it's one of the better audio codecs.
Summary: I normally go with Asus motherboards but decided to give Gigabyte a try. This motherboard would not get into bios, menu, etc.. Tried everything, reset by removing battery for 30 sec / all night, tried different keyboards, completely disassembled / reassembled pc and making sure hardware was installed correctly. Only thing I didn't do was flash the bios, but this is a new board right? What a total waste of time!