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Think twice before buying Gigabyte products 01/11/2014
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
The board right out of the box works well and performance is as expected. Good value but plan on doing a lot of work to update drivers and install software.
Support! Support is almost non-existent. Sure, you can ask a support question but don't expect an answer from a knowledgeable person. You will need support! Upgrades to the BIOS will break things. They don't even publish an issues list so that you can avoid the problems that their faulty software will introduce. Do not upgrade to F4 if you like the Windows screen saver. Make sure that you write down all of the BIOS settings before you upgrade so that you can reenter them after the upgrade and don't turn on the Ultra Fast boot if you want your keyboard to work during the boot process and don't overclock unless you want your network speed to max out a about 2mb on a 1gb interface. And don't install and uninstall the 3TB+ software unless you want to get errors in the system log because the uninstall program didn't totally uninstall the software.
Given what I know now after living with Gigabyte product for over a year, I would think hard before buying more of their products. The MB works well but don't change or upgrade the firmware unless you have absolutely no choice.
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