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: All in all this is a pretty decent board, but I would not recommend that anyone who is trying to make a decent gaming PC buy it purely because of the poor OC's. My 3570K can only OC to 4.2, which is a shame because I have plenty of thermal headway to spare.
Pros: Cheap Reliable Dual Bios Quality mSata
Cons: Not for gamers Poor OC's Only 2 Sata 6 ports Only 2 USB 3.0 ports on back of board No voltage control VCORE
Summary: Does anyone know how to connect an ssd to this motherboard? I am currently having trouble and was wondering where to plug in the power supply to power my ssd. Please any feedback would be appreciated. Besides that there have been no hiccups.
Great board for the price. Not for hardcore overclockers
Spencer S., Newegg
21 June 2013
Summary: Definitely is a great board for the price. Has been a very solid and reliable board for myself and all those i know who has one, but the downside is that it can't get high overclocks. On an i5-3570k I can get a 4.2ghz overclock, but 4.3 is unstable and 4.4 is BSOD.
Summary: This is my second gigabyte board, it appears well made and has lots of BIOS features, most of which I'm not using. The onboard audio is clear and crackle free, and I don't have any USB3 devices to test the speed. I tested the ethernet and it works well at gig speeds.
Pros: There's a lot to like about this board. 4 PWM fan headers. Hackintosh compatible. PCIe3. Can use 32G of RAM. mSATA port, though I haven't used it yet. USB3 headers and rear ports.
Cons: Only 2 * SATA3 (6G) ports. I only needed 2, but it will put a crimp on your upgrades if you decide later you want to do software RAID or add more SSDs.
Received first one DOA; replacement is working just fine!
9 May 2013
Summary: Just built my first computer and ordered this motherboard as my main component. Definitely is easy to read and see where all the hook ups are (yay SATA 3 plug ins!), but I did receive a board that was dead on arrival. Tragic, really...
Summary: CPU: i7-3770 @ 3.4GHtz (3.9 turbo) VGA: Nvidia 670 GTX RAM: 8G of G.Skill Ripjaws series DDR3 1600 CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO PSU: 700W Corsair Gaming Series
Pros: Wanted to upgrade my PC for Elder Scrolls Online, went with this motherboard since it was recommended by PC Mags. It has plenty of options and the dual-BIOS is a big plus since I ended up needing it during initial set-up. The PCI-E 3.0 is nice with next gen video cards. Overall a good build with ...
Cons: There are a decent amount of external USB 2.0 ports, however you seem to be limited to only two internal ones. Problem for me since I need three for all of my hardware. As noted by others, they placed the Southbridge REALLY close to the PCI-E slot. Can be a problem in terms of air-flow and those ...