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Pros: I purchased this motherboard from one of the big box stores and have had no issues with it at all. I also have never had any issues with Gigabyte support. It may not be the best, but I have built many systems for friends family members, and colleagues. Never had to use their support but a couple of times for my own builds. I think that my problem was more of where I got the board than anything. I have even called to verify compatibility with memory modules, if they are not listed on the site, with no problems. They always patch me through to a Support Technician. They are always friendly and knowledgable. You should be able to contact them through their web site without any issues. Check you junk mail files as well if you've emailed them.
Cons: I really do not have any cons with Gigabyte and have had the best support from them compared to other motherboards I have used in the past. The only issue I have ever had was with a board I bought from a competitor of Newegg who I think sold me a refurbished motherboard as new. Been buying everything from the Egg since then.
Other Thoughts: I know that it really depends on what you are doing with your computer. If you are using it for gaming, video production, music, or just as a desktop, it really makes a difference which products you use. I have used Gigabyte boards in a least 15 builds and only had one issue. I use other boards from other companies except for one that is a three letter acronym. I will never buy another one of their products. Had issues with both a motherboard and a VGA. Support from them was nonexistent. I did not hear from them after several attempts to call and sending numerous emails. I left messages for days on their machine, but no luck. I finally got a call after reporting them to the BBB. They called the next day. Still had issues with the board as many other customers experienced. It lasted about one year tops. That's my idea of poor support. Maybe I just got a bad board, it happens sometimes, but I still think Gigabyte makes the best boards on the market.
Gigabyte boards are great boards. Have six computers using Gigabyte boards in the house and have had no issues at all. Two HTPC builds, one liquid cooled Desktop for our main computer,one server running WHS V1 and another running WHS 2011. Also have one running cameras and home automation software on Windows 8. All are in a 42 space rack with other equipment, except for my desktop. I kept my WHS V1 for music distribution as it was already set up with a very expensive multi room audio system. I decided not to mess with transferring it all over to WHS 2011. If its no broken, don't mess with it.
I buy all my hardware and software from Newegg, with the exception of liquid cooling stuff. I wish you guys would carry more liquid cooled items and home automation items as well. Bought this board on a whim as it was marked way down. I built another HTPC for the guest room television. Pulls movies from the server with no problems as well as streaming services. Our guest really like to stay here now.
I've bought receivers, speakers, and computer components from Newegg for quite some time now and they by far have the best support of any company on the Internet.
Pros: Modular design and nice flat cables look very professional. Never had any issues with supply as far a sound levels or the " humming" some are referring that is audible when the machine is off. HOPEFULLY the support that I've heard about. I sent a RMA in through my iPad and have not heard anything yet. That was over the weekend which for some was a holiday weekend. I plan to call today and talk to someone about an RMA. I am praying that they will allow me to send just the supply in and not have to rip out all of the cables.
Cons: Bought this to power my i7 Sandy Bridge dream machine. One afternoon, I was surfing the web and heard a loud pop like a fire cracker. Thought it was one of my graphics cards since after it happened, I could not enable SLI without a shutdown. Swapped GTX 570 with the upper card and it worked so luckily it did not kill my card , just my PCI x16 slot on what was also a poorly made and quite troublesome MS# motherboard. That's another story entirely.
Other Thoughts: This was going to be my ultimate dual loop liquid cooled beast, it is a $3,000 paperweight and has been for a month now. I agree that for the price of this supply, which is even more expensive now, should not have the ratio of failure rates I am seeing just here. I will revise my rating depending on the speed and compliance of Corsair's warranty. One of my biggest concerns is that the machine this supply was running was the only one hooked to my printer. I do have a HTPC build and a WHS (something everyone needs ) hooked to my network, so I guess I will have to configure the HTPC to use the printer.
Basically we have been using our new iPad 3 devices for Internet and email as it took me awhile to troubleshoot my system. I thought it had to be the graphics card, I have never had this kind of bad luck with a Corsair PSU.
Pros: Size is a pro. I do not mind having to remove the HDD cage to install motherboard. Price and Norco reputation is why I purchased this case. It was also on sale.
Cons: Where are the front fans???? I tried to rip it apart and like others are complaining, the screws are small and cheap. You get what you pay for. I thought I might be able to slip a couple of Scythe slipstream fans in the front, but that is not going to happen. Also, don't even get me started on the filter design.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this while my partner was in the hospital in another state. I regret not checking the fine details and other reviews. This was just going to be a music server with four HDDs, but now it is still in my server closet in pieces and most likely either headed for the trash or possibly a CCTV build. I could cut holes in the top with a hole saw and put two 1TB on each side with a 80 mm fan blowing down atop each HDD. But I do not know if they make a 80 mm filter and guard as I have never had to look for one. I just do not trust this in my rack as it is a 42 space rack nearly filled and has a locking plexiglass door. I am already concerned about heat, but so far so good on the rest of the equipment.READ FULL REVIEW