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Pros: Nice design, extra water cooling cpu fan slot, onboard features (ex. cmos reset, on/off button, etc.) used to be reserved for high end gamer boards, decent price for what you get on this board
Cons: the plastic shield around the i/o panel... yes, it looks nice, neat, cool, awesome AND it makes it impossible (as others have mentioned) to use the first slot. So, if you're like me, and you still use a sound card (yes, I'm that old), it can't go there because the plastic that holds the big cover in place gets in the way (please note: the big hulky mass of a cover doesn't get in the way just the piece of plastic that holds it in place).
To my fellow klutzes, there are a lot of extra features on this board which are great! AND, I love that there is the ability to tweak outside of BIOS BUT I'm a KLUTZ and I fear this mobo is not klutz proof. In other words, all those lovely switches that you can just switch over.... yeah, they're really close to a lot of other things and I'm looking for a way in BIOS to shut those manual switches off so I don't accidentally nuke my computer..... On the bright side, they're are lights that let you know when you've nuked a particular part :)
Other Thoughts: I bought this after my last mobo died unexpectedly (hadn't planned to upgrade for another year). Overall, I'm really happy with this mobo; it works well and I'm glad I went with this mobo.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: new skylake architecture
Cons: locked (can't overclock)
Other Thoughts: wasn't planning on upgrading to an lga1151 until late 2016 but mobo died so this cpu purchase had to be the cheaper version That said, what I've seen so far, it performs well enough. It seems to perform around the same as my old cpu (3770k) when it wasn't overclocked.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Looks nice, has some nice features for the price point
Cons: The mobo I received came DOA but that can happen with any mobo. My main issue with this board is the less than accurate advertising about the sizing of this mobo. According to Gigabyte, the board is an ATX form factor. And while it is the correct length, it is over an inch shorter than an ATX form factor motherboard. I had read other reviews before buying this mobo and did notice that people had said that the board was slightly short but interpreted that to mean it was only maybe a 1/4" or so shorter than normal.... While the board did not appear that it would have bending/cracking issues over time (i.e. had it not been DOA, I would have kept it for at least the time being)., the lack extra stability that those mounting screws provide is worth taking into consideration.
Other Thoughts: Again, the board I received was DOA. So, after seeing just how short the mobo was I chose to return this mobo and purchase another board that was a true ATX form factor motherboard. Had the board been an actual ATX form factor instead of a wannabe, I would have just had Newegg replace this board with a working one.... but I don't really like wannabe's.READ FULL REVIEW