Summary: I have always liked Gigabyte motherboards. This one is an exception. This is a dual bios system, and the main bios frequently gets corrupted when the machine is sleeping. It will ultimately recover, after multiple attempts to reboot. This will easily take 10-15 minutes. The purpose of my machine was to make my work faster. This mother board has miserably failed in making my work efficient.
Summary: I bought this because it had a solid 4 eggs on Newegg and it had positive reviews on other websites. I have bought Gigabyte and Asus in the past and felt they were at least on-par. I was wrong.
Summary: Motherboard claims a 4 way crossfire when in fact it does not work. Having the 4 gpus on the motherboard makes it too hot for the whole system anyways. So i purchased aftermarket Arctic coolers to cool the gpus. However, these are too big too fit all four onto the motherboard. Purchased 3 different sets of pcie risers to solve this problem. Now 2 out of the four gpus will not even recognize. How are you suppose to put 4gpus on a motherboard without overheating?
Pros: You will learn a lot about how motherboards work because you will spend so much time figuring out this stupid motherboard.
Cons: Running more than 2 gpus on this board will give you a lot of headaches.
Summary: This MB worked great for about 5 weeks then it started a power up shutdown loop, which I could only stop by unplugging it. After about 8 week along with the power up shutdown loop, I started getting BIOS corruption errors, on which the system would recover from the backup BIOS. I contacted Gigabyte support and I got a RMA number. I sent the board back and received a replacement MB.
Summary: I haven't overclocked this system yet, but honestly, why bother? Complete stable, no issues at all almost a month in. This board will be a solid platform for me for MANY years to come - could NOT be happier with the purchase. Of all the boards out there, this is the one to get. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the high end Asus boards, but if you want a great, solid, no-nonsense X79 board - this is the one.
Pros: Incredible price, no slouch on features. My board came flashed ready for the Ivy Bridge E CPU's. Extremely easy setup, built like a tank. Plenty of expansion. I was up and running in minutes, BIOS setup took about 5 minutes, memory setup was a breeze with XMP.
Cons: The only issue I've had with the board has to do with the SATA ports - the first two are SATA3 controlled by the X79 chipset, next 4 are SATA2 controlled by X79 and the last 2 are SATA3 controlled by the on-board Marvell controller... problem is, the X79 SATA3's do NOT show up in Windows as disc 0/1, but 2/3. The Marvell drives show up as 0/1. Keep this in mind when installing your OS! Other than that, really no major issues.
Summary: Pros: Great board for the price! Great onboard components! Hackint0sh compatible! Although, I had many problems with this board; 1. There really isn't a better one for the price, and 2. Gigabyte's support is awesome! They always answer the phone, and call you back to follow up. I think the longest hold time I had was about 10 min. Those two facts alone are why I gave this product 4 stars, and will also keep me coming back to Gigabyte!
Summary: I received the product with bent USB 3.0 pins & broken plastic piece. I entered BIOS, which by the way, it's true what others have mentioned that the BIOS painfully slow. It failed to reboot after changed only boot order to RAID & I could not recover to enter the slow BIOS, returned for refund.
Summary: I was able to get this MB to work with 64gb of Corsair Vengeance 64GB (8x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ64GX3M8A1600C9) RAM, but I had to pair it with the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer/All In One Liquid Cooling System CLW0215 to get everything to work. A lot of the bigger heatsinks/fans out there won't work with this (and other) motherboards. Took lots of research to figure this out!
Good board for the money, got a couple of bad ones, then a golden one.
24 June 2013
Summary: Don't write this board off! As far as LGA2011 boards go, these are pretty darn good for the money as they go. This would be a five star review, except: - Got a bad board from Amazon - lasted couple of weeks - spent a week flashing bios, clearing bios, reboot loops, even upgraded from 3820 to 3930k chip (not cheap, folks) to see if that was the problem. Usual strip to the bare things needed to boot the machine.