Summary: I've owned this board since July 2013 and have had no problems until I installed the Gigabyte motherboard utilities just now so I could upgrade the BIOS from the delivered version F8 to F9. The BIOS upgraded OK, but the keyboard stopped working in the USB port it was in, closest to the PS2 connector. PS2 keyboards still work, and USB keyboards still work but only when they're connected to a USB3 port on the rear panel.
Summary: I built a MAC Hackitosh with this board and it worked right out of the box. Using the Tonymac86 tools and a legal copy of OSX was really easy. This board has been running great since the install. I'm a real big fan of Gigabyte boards.
Pros: Wealth of tweaking options in BIOS/UEFI (memory/cpu voltage/timings, fan speeds). Board can speed control 3-pin as well as PWM fans (PWM only for CPU fan) and Gigabyte Smart Fan Utility is surprisingly good. Great value for a Z87 board. Lots of USB 3.0 ports (4x rear + 2xfront panel). Pinouts for 3 system fans + 1 CPU fan.
Cons: There's no mincing words - the Realtek ALC 892 sound quality is abysmal. Simply dreadful. If you care about sound at all, get a Xonar sound card or get a board with a better on-board codec. Intel Z87 SATA ports do not support port replication so keep this in mind if you plan to route any SATA ports to eSATA.
Summary: I was a little nervous with this one, I was building an updated gaming rig and this is by far the simplest and least expensive motherboard I have purchased in years and years. As it turns out, that's a good thing. There are no useless extras on this thing, it actually seems to boot up faster than my other rig with the z77 MPower. Wicked little board, hit the XMP target on the ram, no issues with the video card, very pleased with this thing.
Summary: I bought this board to replace a defective gigabyte board that would not boot. This board worked flawlessly until I went to swap out video cards. When I went to remove my old video card the card pulled away the PCI slot from the motherboard. Even after I unlocked the card from the slot with the tab. Now my new board is toast.
Pros: Good design, supported in both Windows and Linux.
Cons: Would not boot with my RAID card installed, had to use on board RAID controller. Not a big deal to me.
Summary: this motherboard has been terrible,i have owned many different gigabyte boards,and this is the first one to come DOA to me,no matter what the board would not boot at all,i spent 4 hours trouble shooting,i tried 3 different power supplies with this motherboard,it just didn't work.
Pros: None would not boot
Cons: came 100% DOA would not turn on no matter what tried 3 different power supplies
The entire line-up of Gigabyte Boards are NOT for enthusiasts who want good fan control and Gigabyte software doesn't work with
William D. Mruphy "simrace", Amazon
28 December 2013
Summary: The entire line-up of Gigabyte Boards are NOT for enthusiasts who want good fan control and Gigabyte software doesn't work with windows 8 or 8.1 ABSOLUTELY NO PWM HEADERS!!!. Even older motherboards usually have 2-3 PWM channels. Nearly ALL boards have 1 for the CPU even 5 year old and older boards. Almost all of Gigabyte's boards have a single PWM fan header (some have none) and the rest are the old traditional voltage controlled (even though they have 4-pins).