Summary: was really pleased with how well this board works, the BIOS is nicer than what i've been used to, happy to get solid state caps on the board, has all the features i really wanted. i don't need the mSATA but it had everything else i wanted so whatever.
Summary: In the last couple of months, I have built 3 machines with this board. All have worked perfectly. It is big enough to not have cramped connections. Very professional looking capacitors. Plenty of room for the Cool Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. Now that they have standardized the USB3 motherboard cable connector, if you get a computer case with external USB ports, it is just a plug in. With 2 USB3 motherboard connectors, you can add a USB3 card reader as well.
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. I went to the Gigabyte website and selected my RAM from their long list of approved memory. All of the component list below (and bought from Amazon) installed and worked with out a hitch.
Summary: i put this mobo with: Cpu: I5 3570 3.4GHz RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz GPU: ATI 5770 1GB DDR5 MSI Twin Frozz II PSU: Corsair TW650 HDD: WD caviar blue 500 GB x 2 WD caviar green 1TB Case Thermaltake armor A90 ASUS Internal 24X SATA Optical Drive DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G (Black) This MOBO it's really amazing because doesn't need any configuration at the first start in the bios to optimize nothing... the only cons is the internal graphic with the external one.
Summary: This motherboard has almost all the bells and whistles. There are so many USB ports that I 've managed to use all of them. With the 3770K CPU, I was able to over clock at 4.7GHz with three system fans. My only nitpicking is the performance of the so so Marvell SATA controller. Overall, I am quite satisfied with the performance of the system.
Summary: First time building my computer. Easy to set up on my first try. I highly recommend this MOBO! Pros: -Good packaging -Good accessories -Good documentation -Good BIOS UI -Easy to set up -Good comparability with other hardware (no trouble so far, see below !!!!) -no BSODs so far. Cons: -NONE! My System: -Core i7 3770K (stock cooler) -GA-Z77X-D3H (this product) -2x Patriot 4GB PC3-12800 -nvidia 9600GT SLI (not SLI any more...