Summary: I purchased this board several months ago. I have been fighting with it since the day I bought it. The board is fast with a electronic drive. The raid is very very slow (20mb/sec), Gigabyte blames it on Intel. http://communities.intel.com/thread/30808 I decided to install Windows 2008 r2 even though the board does not support Windows Server anyway to see if it helped the raid issue.
Summary: The board had bent pins in the CPU socket. It came with no damage to the box and the CPU cover was in place but there were bent pins. The box for this thing is BIG. The board felt substantial and heavy duty, it's a shame the pins kept me from using it.
Great features but did not work was not DOA but close
Richard Borman, Amazon
7 March 2013
Summary: A board with lots of features but my board does not work well except when it wants to. I cannot get into the bios which is really bad. The dvd with the drivers kinda of worked but not like it should have. So will have to send back to Amazon. All manufacturers have problems so this is nothing unique to Gigabyte but it takes time to test install and then have to take everything a part to send the board. Have not decided what to do next.
Summary: This is the second one. First one most SATA ports did not work (5 dead out of 8). This one only one sata port not working so I uninstalled one DVD drive of 4. Not worth the trouble to ship back and reinstall the board again. Over all the board is great, does what it is suppose to. Easy to install. The only problem is the SATA ports. They face the edge of the MB. That way the cables run into the other devices in the case.
Summary: Will not post at all. Power button was lit, but when I pressed it PC wouldn't boot. A strange character appeared on the debug display, and it sounded like it was trying to boot, fans spun up, and there was a clicking noise, but it never posted. I tried all the standard debugging steps, removing from case, placing on cardboard, 1 stick ram, no video card, etc, but nothing worked. The LEDs for the BIOS would switch on but no boot. I returned for a full refund.
Summary: I bought this motherboard and right of the bat..1st the USB 3.0 one slot didn't work then all the usd 3.0 didn't even the front USB 3.0 Didn't work only as USB 2.....2nd then 2 memory slots didn't work...thinking it was bad ram bought new ones same thing...kept shutting down...so Amazon was good enought to take it back...I then bought a Asrock Extreme 6 and it works great with the ram the Gigabyte would not run with...
Summary: This was my first gigabyte board and sadly, it will probably be my last. I enjoy the feature of the board, however i have been unsuccessful in fixing the issues I'm having. originally my computer would freezing during random times, however this seemed to be fixed once i finally update d my bios to the latest version (f8).
Pros: -good bios, -good value for the cost
Cons: -unable to overclock, -had to update bios (although its supposed to be native to ivy bridge) to stop random freezing, -no help from gigabyte on my freezing issue
Summary: Overall the mobo has some potential nice features if not for the problem issues PROS: * three pci 3.0 slots so your not slowed to 2.0 speeds *onboard M-sata * three usb 3.0 headers on mobo and some 2.0 headers *z77 chipset *comes with wireless and bluetooth *dual lan ports for hardwired *well packed box *front and rear fire-wire connection CONS: *only two sata 6.0 cables *90 degree sata cable ends , do they really think we want these?
Great features for the money, but major incompatibility problem & minor annoyances
Erik Harris, Amazon
10 June 2012
Summary: This motherboard competes with boards that cost $50 more, feature for feature. Most of the other boards I looked at, even more expensive ones, lack mSATA (which I don't use), eSATA (which I do use), Firewire (which I do use), or some other feature that this one has. Aside from obsolete connections (PATA, floppy, PS/2 keyboard/mouse), there aren't many features this board DOESN'T have.