Summary: I got this mobo for an i7-2600 processor. It's hard to find an 1155 socket on an ATX form factor these days unless you're willing to buy asus or some off brand trash, which I was not. It's a no frills mobo that does exactly what I needed it to do. It booted right up with no issues.
Summary: I like this board, and I recommend it with an i7 Quad CPU from Intel. Fill it full of ram, and run a SSD HD for apps, and USB 3.0 for permanent storage, and you'll have a great production Personal Computer.
Pros: Great board to work with creating a hackintosh. You have to do some tips and tricks to get OpenGL working with the Intel 4000 HD graphics. Good support for Ram, Onboard MSata, USB 3.0 works good, and great support for SSD with having 6.0 Sata.
Cons: Front panel buzzes with audio. Use the back ports, or buy an external audio card. I use a Focusrite 2i2 for a small project studio, and that work fine.
Summary: I had an issue with another Gigabyte board and was hesitant to buy this one. But because Gigabyte boards seem to work the best with Hackintoshes and because my friend's board worked perfectly I went with them, and they let me down, yet again.
Pros: Well the motherboard made installing a hackintosh relatively simple. When it worked it was fast and was fairly consistent.
Cons: The audio card on this motherboard completely died on me within the first month. No big deal, I bought an external audio card that worked fine. Then the motherboard randomly stopped POSTing after a year or so of use and now I am in a very difficult situation because I cannot access a lot of vital...
Summary: I got this motherboard when my Asus failed, expecting it to hold me for 6 months or so until it was upgrade time again. It works, but has a quite confusing BIOS setup screen. You have to go on-line to see the manual and it is not very complete.
Summary: This replaces an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 that died. It does not have all the bells and whistles of Asrock but it works without problems. From personal experience I find Gigabyte is the most reliable motherboard brand. I have learned my lesson and will stick with gigabyte in the future.
Summary: I purchased this card after the Z77x version would not support the card and now this Z77 card will not either. The older Z68 board would plug-and-play wonderful with the card and was on High Point's list of compatible boards but you cannot buy them anymore, although I think the auction sites would...
Pros: Overclocking seems to work good.
Cons: Will not support booting from the SAS card unless you press a key to "mount" the bootable media.
Summary: Verry poor when it came out of the box defective with a known problem and Gigabyte would do nothing. No more gigabyte for this shop
Pros: good if they work
Cons: Took this out of the box a week ago. Keeps shutting down, all the reviews say so so there must be a known problem with them. Was a month or so out of warranty and gigabyte said to bad nothing we can do.
Summary: I have installed dozens of mainboards of various brands the last 18 years starting back with ABIT (now out-of-business). I have purchased three (GA-Z77-DS3H) in 2014 for customers with PC's running Windows XP but need to move on because of the "death" of XP.