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Pros: Good value, started right up with no issues, HDMI, SATA III (1), 4 memory slots, 4 PCI slots, USB 3, and was smaller in one direction than standard Micro ATX board (plus for my application). Liked the 2 supplied SATA cables with 90 degree connector on one end and a clip that snaps and holds the cable securely in the socket. According to manufacturer’s web site, compatible with a lot of Intel processors.
Cons: None really so far. As pointed out by others there is only one SATA III connection and this is parallel to the board, which can make plugging it in difficult in some cases. You might want to make this connection prior to installing the motherboard depending on how much room is in your case.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board to replace a board in a Dell Inspiron I5 that suffered a lightning strike through the Ethernet connection. The case is small so the smaller board size in one direction allowed easier connection of power connector and SATA III. I replaced the motherboard and memory, but re-used everything else.
I did spend some time on Gigabyte’s web site to check compatibility of the processor and also selected memory based on what was on the Qualified Vendor List. I did miss one thing though – the CPU power connector is an 8 pin connector – the power supply in the case only had a 4 pin. I did some checking online (everything is true there) and determined you could use the 4 pin connector in my application. If you have a high power consumption CPU or a graphics card without its own power connector, then you may need a power supply with the 8 pin connector. There is a 4 pin to 8 pin adapter, but this defeats part of the purpose behind having an 8 pin connector, that being to avoid overloading any one leg of the power supply. Put the 4 pin connector in pins 3, 4, 7, and 8 as shown on page 13 of the user manual (i.e. don’t use in the pins marked for “only 2X4-pin”). Would have been nice if this was better documented in the user manual or on Gigabyte’s web site.
After getting everything hooked up I turned on the power and it fired right up with no issues. The BIOS was relatively easy to navigate. I made a couple of changes in the BIOS, most notable the change of the SATA Mode Selection to ACHI (defaults to IDE). I then installed Windows 8.1 64 bit without a hitch. Several reboots were required as updates were installed. After completing the Windows install I checked the devices to see if there were any driver issues – none were present so I never used the drivers supplied with the board. Only use the drivers supplied with the board to get your internet connection working, then let Windows update the drivers, or pull from the device manufacturer’s web site.