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Pros: I purchased this because it had a lot of decent features for a basic motherboard.
Cons: Purchased from different vendor. I was not able to set up and test this until after the 30 day return period. When I did test it, I found that it had no control over the CPU fan speed based on temperature. After trying several different BIOS versions, different fan control software programs and even a different CPU fan - nothing helped.
I RMA'd it back to Gigabyte and they sent me a "repaired" board back. Same basic problem - no decent fan control. The 2nd one actually does have some control, but only about 500 rpm worth (2500-3000) after putting in some goofy values in the EasyTune6 Smart Fan section. Sorry, but this is a basic expectation I have from any motherboard these days. The motherboard will either be too loud from the fan on high or probably allow the CPU to overheat if I try to use the control. Not exactly a good combination for a quiet HTPC.
Other Thoughts: So after wasting many hours trying to make this work and costing me an additional $11 in RMA shipping - I'm better off just throwing this in the trash. Built many PCs with Gigabyte motherboards, but got burned bad on this one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice sleek design. Low overall height. Solid, stable easel-type stand. Hidden touch panel controls. 1360x768 was the resolution I planned on using, so having that as native resolution is best for me. Some of the higher resolutions are just too small of text for my eyes.
Cons: No DVI, HDMI or USB connections - only RGB. I would have preferred silver or two-tone over glossy black for my setup, but it's no big deal.
Other Thoughts: I needed a monitor that would fit under the hutch on my new desk. I only had 14.5" of clearance and this monitor is only 11.5" tall, unlike most monitors with tall stands. I did need to use a video card because my on board graphics did not support this resolution, but I knew this up front.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Lots of features, so you may not even need the 4 PCI slots. Cool and Quiet support really reduces noise due to CPU fan. You can also use it to controls the case fan. My case fan comes on at about 30 deg C motherboard temp. Plenty of extra headers for additional USB and Firewire ports.
Cons: The NB runs too hot (even hotter with a PCIe graphics card - go figure!) so I ended up having to add a 40mm x 10mm chipset fan . I put a 150 ohm resitor in series with the fan so it runs at about 2.5k rpm which makes it inaudible but effective. Only one IDE - I'd rather have the 2nd IDE instead of the floppy. SATA light blinks w/o disk activity.
Other Thoughts: Easily upgraded BIOS to F6 version via floppy. I have two of these boards, one running a stock 5200 X2, and the other runs my 5000 X2 Black Edition at 3.0 Ghz by changing the multiplier. CPUs idle below 30 deg C on AMD stock 4-wire fan w/ heatsink. Both PCs a really quiet.READ FULL REVIEW