Summary: This motherboard arrived in the mail several days ago but only today did I receive the power supply that allowed me to test it. The hardware was a snap to install and I didn't encounter any problems mounting it in my Phantom 410. The spacers and screws included with the case worked perfectly fine with this motherboard and the board conforms fine to ATX dimensions. At the risk of turning this into a review of my new case, let's move on to specifications.
Summary: I've built several computers over the years, and using this MB was about the easiest. I'm fairly technical, but haven't tried overclocking the board as I just want things to work out of the box as I get older. This board fit the bill perfectly. I had no problems with any of the components, and the manual was pretty decent in documenting what goes where. I installed Win7 64-bit, and the software installation for the board was fairly painless.
Summary: The motherboard works great for me. I have not faced any problems POSTing it when I bought it, and for the basic features it provides it is great. However, I have faced some problems with USB connectivity. The motherboard has some power problems so it does not provide enough power to run some devices, but that mainly occurred with the USB 3.0 ports. Although most of these problems were solved by flashing the bios to F18 and mostly everything works great now.
Summary: Pros: Very good value, great board for the price. Despite the issues I had I'd still buy another since the issue I had was fairly minor and easy to fix. Cons: I had random shut downs on this board. No rhyme or reason with them. I tried updating to the most current BIOS from Gigabyte's site and my problems went away :) so something to be aware of that you may have to do the same.
Summary: A very great motherboard! I used it with an Intel Core i5-3570K, G-Skill Ripjaws 4GBx2 memory, an AMD Radeon HD 6450 video card, and everything worked! The good: It's a good fit in any ATX case It's durable Plethora of ports on the I/O panel Lecacy support via PS/2 connector AC'97 and HD Audio support The bad: Needs to be tightly screwed into the case Hard to remove the battery There are some things you need to know.
First board was horrible. Replacement has been stellar.
Jared De Blander "Life Long Geek", Amazon
26 June 2012
Summary: The first board I received caused many headaches. It failed to power the CPU fan and would lock up while still in the BIOS status screen well before the CPU had begun to warm up (was in their watching CPU temps as the fan was not turning on). Got a replacement fan as the board at least knew and warned me the fan was not running - once I enabled that feature. Second fan also didn't run.
Summary: Bought this a little over a year ago, paired with a 2500k, 8GB corsair DDR3 and a 560ti. Functionally, it's flawless, from the moment I first booted it up, I've had no problems and it's been running a modest overclock of 4Ghz. My only issues with the board are layout related - the pci-e x1 slots are all located in spots that are awkward to employ with a large graphics card and the number of fan headers is small, not to mention they are badly placed for my particular...
Summary: Board performing pretty much as expected, just one niggling thing; after installing an Nvidai 8800GTS graphics card, the Bios graphics options had to be tweaked. Unfortunately, the settings to get the Nvidia to operate mean there is no display (black screen only) when entering the Bios during a boot, in order to get to the Bios, the board has to be re-set to default (power off + battery removal), and the standard onboard graphics used.
Summary: I've had a Gigabyte P35-DS3R 775 motherboard since around 2008, and I was so impressed with it's performance and lifespan that I had to repay this by being loyal to Gigabyte for my motherboard needs. I got to a point where I couldn't upgrade anything else to keep me in touch with modern games and applications (after adding an OCZ SSD, 4GB DDRIII and an nVidia 660ti) The motherboard itself looks beautiful, and is a lovely shade of vibrant blue.