Summary: I bought this board a month ago for an entry level gaming rig/home computer. It has all the features I wanted and a lot of overclocking and fast connectivity options to explore and enjoy. Dual BIOS is an excellent safety feature and the other Gigabyte's included software for overclocking work well.
Great for Hackintosh, I'd go elsewhere for a standard build
D. Defoe, Amazon
26 March 2014
Summary: This was my first build ever, as a long time Mac user I had no choice but to do a hackintosh. After picking out this board, 16 gb Viper ram, a 4670K, and a Gigabyte Windforce 2GB GTX 770 I was good to go. A note about hackintoshes, if you have no windows partition, you'll need access to a windows computer in order to update firmware as the file is packaged inside a .exe, for no apparent good reason since they could just let you download the firmware update itself.
Summary: I am not going to go over the layout or specs, they have been covered. I am here to say I have had no problems with installing or using this board. It was easy to install, fired right up, and has been running problem free for over a month now. I wanted to build a system for my basement entertainment area (man cave) but didn't want to mess around with overclocking or endlessly tweaking the system. I save that for my main box.
Decent Board, plagued with a delicate architecture.
12 March 2014
Summary: Great board has everything you might need, but I was having boot issues (No POST) with RAM in slots 1 and 2 (where they belong) and found out eventually that slots 2&4 where totally shot. Not sure how or why but got a new board and it's perfect now. Doing a little bit of digging it would appear that the 1150 pin architecture is very delicate so perhaps I made a mistake while seating the CPU or installing the cooler. Either way, I highly recommend.
Summary: This is supposed to be an "Ultra-Durable" motherboard, and from a quality board manufacturer I expected it to work properly. I'm an experienced PC builder and I was excited to receive this in the mail. I brought it out for a test boot before building with it and after 5 minutes inside Windows the board sparked and started to smoke so I shut it down instantly. The problem seemed to stem from a capacitor underneath the heat-sink.