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Pros: For me, board is 1 step from perfection. That all depends on if Gigabyte sorts out the USB connection problems with a BIOS upgrade.
So far works well with all my listed hardware except below in "CONS". I also have a Sound Blaster ZXR and a X-Fi Titanium HD that I may install later but there is no rush. Audio is OK as is. The "on-board" audio can be switched off in the BIOS when an add-in board is installed.
Cons: So far, my first review is "Top Favorable Review". I've had the board for 2 months now and dropped an egg for each month of ownership from my first review due to Gigabyte's progress on BIOS updates. NONE have solved my problem. That is simply connecting a joystick causes the BIOS to hang during cold start or reboot. You have to boot the computer up first, then plug in. Frankly, this should have been addressed before the board was released. A motherboard advertised for GAMING should not go into convulsions when you plug in a GAMING input device. I have a Fanatec ClubSport wheel base with the ON/OFF switch so this is not a issue for that
I've had to go into the BIOS and switch off the USB xHCI setting as a work around to get all my Saitek Panels and Instruments (13) connected and allow me to connect (3) CH Products Flight Controllers for Flight Simulator X or I get a message from the Intel USB 3.0 driver saying "Too many devices" connected.
Other Thoughts: BTW, anybody complaining here about the BIOS problems, I fully support you.
Intel i7-5960X w/ Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
x2 EVGA Nvidia Titan Super Clocked SLI
PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 1200 watt
Crucial 4gb x4
Western Digital VelociRaptor 250gb, 500gb
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray BD-ROM
Logitech wireless M570 Trackball and K800 Keyboard
Cooler Master COSMOS-S
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
USB 2.0 headers (2) and USB 3.0 headers (2) connected to front case ports (Waiting for BIOS update to function correctly)
This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Had on a Gigabyte X79 G1.Assassin 2...
Reused on my new Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi on a Intel i7-5960x. Fits with GPU (EVGA Titan Super Clocked w/ back plate) in slot 1 after bending the fan spring clips flat next to the GPU without touching.
Cons: I have low dollar Crucial memory which fits fine under the cooler right now. Will just have to be sure to get low profile memory when upgrading.
Other Thoughts: After reading somebody's suggestion here, I have the 2 fans on the OUTSIDE of the fin towers blowing in instead of one fan blowing the heat from one tower into the other tower. The case fans blow the heat upwards through the middle of the towers. Works great! The X99 motherboard has 2 CPU fan headers and I have each fan on it's own header.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: USB 3.0 works with my Gigabyte X79 and X99 motherboards
Cons: eSATA DOES NOT work with my Gigabyte X79 and X99 motherboards. Works fine with my older XFX 790i Ultra motherboard.
Other Thoughts: I don't see a firmware upgrade on the Rosewill website. So I guess this product is now obsoleteREAD FULL REVIEW