Summary: I purchased this montherboard for a build for my son back in March 2013. I coupled it with a core i5-2500 cpu, 4 gigs ram and corsair ssd and a g-force 650ti at the time. It's never had a single problem period.
Summary: I was in the computer industry for decades, owned my own company, and among other titles was a designer and computer consultant; my field of study was primarily computer hardware. I also used to have a hobby of overclocking until something broke, in order to find limits in components.
Pros: Very good for gaming. Very Fast. Very Overclockable. [Because of low voltage requirements of Ivy Bridge, 6 phase for the CPU is good enough for moderate overclocking (up to 4.4GHz ~ 4.6GHz), on air with great air flow and room ambient temperature around 72 to 75 degrees F.]
Cons: Almost none. 1st PCIe [16x] slot is too close to my large CPU air cooler. I have to use a "flat tip" screw driver to unlock the video card latch lock.
Summary: Picking the right motherboard is always the hardest part of a computer build. I recently build new computer using this board and things went as smooth as silk. This board is well thoughtout, robust and clean in design. I am really happy with it.
Pros: This board has everything and still works perfectly after 18 months. Even flashing the bios to the latest version was easy. The secondary Marvell drive controller has it's own utility so you can run multiple raid arrays with this board. Intel XMP is included in the bios utility and OCing RAM/grap...
Summary: The reason I listed what I did as a con, was because both my drives that I brought in from an older MoBo refused to boot. While one was a new SSD, that had hardly any data on it, the other is not. However, I'm not trying to use the other one to boot. It's just something to keep an eye out for.
Pros: Sleek color/design PCI slots from PCIe 3, to PCI Numerous USB 3.0 rear panels Runs very well, strong OC support Front panel pin guide printed on mobo (VERY handy) 4 SATA connectors
Cons: Possibly ruins an OS upon upgrade from an older MoBo (See Other Thoughts)
Summary: The OC by the way was only capable with a Corair water cooling block. These things are great if you are into it. So anyways, I take back my formerly much poorer review that I gave this mobo with the intention that I would make up for my bad review with a higher egg review.
Pros: This board has been running rock solid for almost a year now. The computer paried with a 2600k processor wakes up from sleep in about 10 seconds. I never turn it off. It just goes to sleep and when I click the mouse, it wakes up almost instantly. I have two WD raptors in a raid zero using the onb...
Cons: I had some confusion at first with this board when I was trying to set up the raid setup. There were some conflicts I had with utilizing the windows overclocking utilities that gigabyte provides on the cd. NEVER use windows based overclocking software btw. What happened is that it froze up the bi...
Summary: Great mobo for a starting rig, this is also my first buy for a custom build. Now I know better not to go for cheap ones where I am limited to upgrading where, I could go big and upgrade a whole lot more!
Pros: -Overclocking is easy -sturdy/quality -cheaper than some other boards -looks nice, everything spread out nicely
Cons: -not enough fan slots -doesnt have two pci 3.0 (my fault not noticing) -doesnt have two usb 3.0 (my fault not notcing)
Pros: The combination of features and quality make this a steal. I was looking for a few things in a board that weren't as common (msata slot, plenty of USB 3.0 and more than 2 sata3 ports,) and this board has it all. I love this motherboard. Also has plenty of fan headers - something commonly lacking....
Cons: Complete lack of Linux drivers from Gigabyte. Everything is Windows (but it all still works fine in Mint 15, just with their drivers) some very small things could be improved, like the msata is only sata2. Not sure if it's making any difference at all, to be honest.