Summary: Got this board for my Hackintosh, works great. If you aren't getting one for a hackintosh, there are definitely better z77 boards out there (I use an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 for my gaming computer). I can also see the price appeal. The board works, it just doesn't have many extra ports.
Pros: Works, USB 3.0 is good, Very strong board, easy to install
Cons: Only 2 SATA III ports (there are 4 SATA II ports), Only 3 Fan headers (1 CPU, 2 Case, recommend getting a fan controller for $20 more)
Summary: As long as you don't have any issues with using an Atheros NIC, and are using an OS that has a driver available, then I see no reason not to use this board for your build, assuming it meets all your other spec requirements.
Pros: Great board, lot of features for the price.
Cons: Only issue thus far is mostly my own fault. Bought this board to use in a FreeNAS build for a co-worker. Unfortunately, I failed to research NIC compatibility. This board has an Atheros NIC, not an Intel one, as I assumed it did, and the particular model of Atheros NIC is not currently compatible...
Summary: the bio thing is easy to use but wish it had more setting to OC after you get use it it but it good still. Its running my I5k 2500 at 4.4 ghz and going strong still after more then a year which is really good since I thought it would melt or some thing (new to all this for the most part).
Summary: I bought this motherboard as part of a rebuild of my HP-180T core i7 (LGA 1366) desktop, in which the motherboard had failed. I needed a Micro ATX LGA 1366 board, but it turns out nobody makes those anymore.
Only one 16X PCI-E slot is set for >=8X capability
14 December 2012
Summary: So Crossfire and SLI are out of the question, since they require two or more PCI-E slots that are 8X or higher. This appears to be a price bracket thing, because it's my understanding the required 16X hardware is in here, just locked out to its full potential by the motherboard bios.
Summary: Gigabyte's site went down periodically while trying to download @Bios and the EasyTune software, and the download rate was very slow. Pick the FTP option for a more stable (and faster) download.
Pros: Good price, functional.
Cons: Had some issues getting it work 100%. Plugging in a PCIE video card (nvidia 650Ti, in this case) will not allow you to enter the stock Bios. Additionally, you will not be able to see boot loader menus (had an Ubuntu USB stick and it would not load the Grub menu). If you run into this same issue t...
Summary: Good board for the price, the Atheros LAN did not work even after many attempts to fix it. Bought a $15 NIC and that fixed the problem. Cheap board, cheap fix. I'd say a pretty good board for a first time build.
Pros: Reasonably priced board that suits my needs. I did appreciate the spacing between the two 7950's I stuffed in there. Plenty of air for them to breathe. Paired with a 3770k and the 7950's, it's a performer.
Cons: The bios doesn't have CPU voltage options. Limited overclocking. Could use some more USB ports on the backplane.
Pros: It had the things I wanted and it worked great, first try. fast too!
Cons: I ran it a few days with an I5 3570 using the onboard HD4000 video and then I got a GTX 480 and put it in. When I did, the HDMI on the video card knocked out the Via HD Audio onboard sound. I still get sound out of one port but I have no control of my plug ins and the VIA software doesnt work. I'...