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Pros: Dual LAN, supports Teaming
A plethora of overclocking settings
16 phase power design
Awesome color scheme
Cons: Analog audio died about a week in. I did the typical driver reinstall both from gigabyte and from realtek. It seems that the issue stems from the audio input jacks themselves, and its a hardware, not software or chip-based issue. I had to buy an external sound card to get this to work.
USB 3.0 ports on the rear are working, but only with some of my usb sticks.
Gigabyte support is the pits. I clearly explained the audio problem and the steps i took to try and resolve it and it seems that no one read my message. They simply told me to check and make sure i had the speakers plugged into the correct output (seriously..?)
The F9 bios says to flash from windows using the supplied .exe, but it doesn't work in 64-bit windows.
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte tried to stuff too many bells and whistles from the OC version onto this board and thus, quality suffered. I really like the board and am planning to keep it, but i will return it if they do not answer my requests for audio assistance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great file server. Running Debian minimal (CLI only) and has never had a hiccup. Booted immediately and never looked back. Runs 64-bit without trouble. Streams content with no troubles. Been running for 283 days straight 24/7.
Cons: The backplate is a bit finicky when it comes to installing the board. I bent one of the tabs, so be watchful of the big tab over the HDMI port
Other Thoughts: As someone mentioned, its good to get a bigger fan and remove the stock one. The little fan is noisy and not too good at keeping the cpu cool, especially under considerable load. I'd recommend taking a 12cm fan and just leaning it against the cpu heatsink. Works for me.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: 6gb/s sata ports, decent overclocking utilities in BIOS
Cons: This board will not play friendly with Linux. As someone else mentioned, you can enable IOMMU support to get it online, but the connection drops. It also only loads drivers some of the time. 64-bit linux is the main problem, i've read that some people with 32-bit don't have any trouble. I would not buy this board again and would RMA if i hadn't thrown out the box.READ FULL REVIEW