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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: It worked, and still worked when I took it out of my case and replaced it.
Cons: I have owned many motherboards, strictly AMD, and am usually am ambivalent as to motherboard performance. The machine boots up, and runs general software without a hitch, and relatively quickly, I'm happy. This board, however, I do not like. I wasn't sure if it was the board or software, but on both Windows 7, 8 and now 10, the board kept dropping peripherals, like my Netgear USB wifi adapter, requiring me to unplug, and plug back in. There were also caching issues with both chrome and explorer, almost as if the computer was frozen. I thought researching this online that it was related to the software, until I replaced this board with an ASUSm5a99fx which hasn't demonstrated that problem. The dual bios also on bootup would randomly not boot through to the OS, and would restart the machine. Bios upgrades did not help, and finally I just got sick of its quirkiness. First time for me to replace a board based on function vs. age.
Other Thoughts: Off the subject, but my OS was upgraded From Windows 7 to 10 on the free upgrade offer from Microsoft. I put in the ASUS mobo, and remarkably, the OS used on the Gigabyte mobo booted right up with all drivers recognized on the Asus. Microsoft, however, wouldn't register Windows 10. In speaking with them, they said that all my components registered with the original OS install, and since I switched Mobos, I had to clean install my old copy of Windows 7, and start over. Quit annoying.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board has been running in a home server now for 2+ years, both for media distribution and backup of home computers. It has been stable with the ability to house 10 SATA/SAS drives on the board itself, including usb 3.0 header.
Cons: One memory bank was bad or had a short. LGA 2011 socket R processors are expensive with odd cooler requirements. Bios is complicated and a little difficult to navigate
Other Thoughts: Very satisfied with this board, by far the most expensive I have ever purchased, but has been worth it. It has run multiple OS from Windows Server, 7, and now linux server without hesitation. Never, ever froze, and distributes video without a hitch. Backs up multiple home computers. linux server has also been excellent in combination with this board, with the only hiccup finding and installing drivers for Highpoint RR644L which I still can't figure out...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Was a stable board for a number of years. Stable RAID.
Cons: Died this year, traced to the CPU power input. Second ASUS board that I actually NEEDED to replace versus a normal upgrade because of failure in the last year. Hope this is not a reflection on ASUS quality standards which from my experience has been excellent.
Other Thoughts: I have owned a number of ASUS boards, all of which have served me well. I don't know what to say about this board failing which is several years old. It was on for the whole time, but would go into a sleep state. Maybe took a surge?READ FULL REVIEW