Summary: The folks at Amazon rejected my first review which read "perfect transaction" but it seems they want fairly wordy feedback, which I might have provided if this were a work worthy of critical review and there was anything to say other than "it works and I'm happy." In some ways, Amazon is brilliant, but when they are dumb, they are dumber than a bucket of ice. Rejecting feedback due to length is DUMB! I am happy with my purchase, PERIOD! And I love Amazon, mostly!
Yeah, if you have the money buy Gigabyte, but which models are in this price range. They work (my opinion)
Eastern Tide, Amazon
17 December 2013
Summary: On the first build and OS install, don't mess with the factory BIOS except to activate ACHI if using a SSD, and XMP if you have performance memory modules.Simply load the programs one at a time and restart if the program ask for a restart. This is a Gigabyte product, it's designed well, it's tested well, it works well.
Summary: Plenty of room for expansion cards, 4 case fan connectors, 2 CPU fan connectors, and tons of SATA connectors. Best part (for me atleast) is the power while shut down feature, meaning the computer still provides power to USB ports for charging ipods, headsets, whatever without having the computer running. Nice and cool compared to my previous computer (a Dell XPS 435).
Summary: This mobo is a breeze to work on, it fit perfectly in the case I purchased and there is more than enough room to work on it at any point in time. Super expandable and I would almost say future proof, but only time will tell.
Summary: After trying to get an Asus Sabertooth to work for over a month without luck, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase this mobo instead. After another unibeast install USB stick made I booted it up and installed it for what seemed like the thousandth time and it popped on, resolution was correct and it was like a miracle. Overall, I actually liked the Sabertooth Z77 better (this one takes a while to actually boot and I just liked the look of the sabertooth board.
Summary: Gigabyte has always made excellent motherboards, and so far, I've not had a single problem with any Gigabyte mother board that I've ever purchased. This one is no exception. It is a very nice board. PRO's Great board layout with all the essentials in just the right place, SATA, Power, USB2/3 etc.
Summary: Pros: This mobo worked right of the box for my hackintosh setup - simply bought corresponding ram and a discrete GPU, plug and played with the Chimera bootlader, and everything worked! Would recommend to anyone. Cons: The only real downside was the fact that Thunderbolt 2 was recently announced, making these TB1 ports obsolete.