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Pros: So the price for the board is nice, it has the potential to be a very good 990FX implementation for dual graphics. I have used the Vanilla UD3 boards in the past and they performed well, albeit they had the old non-uefi BIOS.
Cons: I wish I had purchased a vanilla board without this BIOS. I have had a myriad number of problems with this mobo, these include random crashes, lockups, and system freezes doing anything from sitting idle, gaming, fresh boot, and simple web surfing. Sometimes the crashes result in a complete lockup, where the power button and reset buttons have no effect and power needs to be removed from the motherboard.
Normally I would try a new BIOS version, but this board after having been out for about a year now has NO BIOS revision. This is pure laziness on Gigabyte's part, and these issues are well known on the forums. You can tell if you have a faulty board, it does some things that I've never seen before in 20 years of PC troubleshooting. System will crash windows and restart. System will boot to windows logon. After putting in windows logon info, system will begin to start windows, then crash immediately. After the 2nd crash, system will be locked up with a blank screen and will not respond to button presses. System will need to be completely removed from power to boot again.
I should mention that I have tried numerous BIOS settings, 5 different sets of DDR3 memory, and anything else I can think of to fix this. I have reinstalled windows and put 100+ hours into troubleshooting. I have wasted enough time at this point.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board to replace a Gigabyte 990FX UD5 that had become similarly unstable after several years of use. I work from home doing tech support, so my livelihood requires that I have a rock solid system. I am extremely disappointed that this mobo has failed so miserably. The last straw was reached yesterday, my latest employer had sent me a new webcam; a Logitech B525. I installed the webcam which immediately caused the system to blue screen. Even now that the webcam has been removed, the system has become even more unstable with persistent lockups and crashes.
Sadly, a BIOS update would probably fix these issues. I say don't hold your breath, especially this late in the lifecycle of the chipset and impending Ryzen release. I would not recommend this motherboard for purchase now. Either go for an Intel build, or wait for AM4.
Pros: These are excellent 120mm fans. The main draw being the unique look they are really some of the best looking fans I've owned. They are also quiet as advertised. The LEDs are not overpowering and tasteful.
Cons: Price, although I should mention the fans come with a full complement of adapters and connectors. Also there is a 7V adapter just in case you find the 1500RPM loud.
Like a lot of fan manufacturers lately, there is a kind of rubbery sleeve on the cables. I ended up cutting it off and sleeving with paracord, but the rubber sleeving is kind of stiff. Don't like this trend.
Other Thoughts: These are 3 pin fans so they are not made for CPU cooling, as such the cables are quite long. I did use one for a CPU cooler, so I tucked the extra cable under the heatsink.
I could wish Aerocool would come out with a 4 pin PWM version with shorter cables.
Pros: This card is ideal for a build I am starting. A mining rig with style, no milk crate for me!
Its a very appealing card, and it runs cool. The fans are hardly noticeable until you get past 50%.
I have this card mining in my garage at a nice and cool 50C at 50% fan.
Comes with a custom backplate, actually a very nice one. So take $30 off the price for that. This is a trend I would like to see more of with higher end video cards.
Believe me, the backplate makes a difference in temps.
Cons: Price and availability, I could have picked a more readily available card and modded it. This is why I did not purchase at the egg, has not been in stock for quite some time.
In terms of performance alone, it is a bit overpriced.
Length- it is easily over 12 inches long. Not a problem for me but just be aware. The fan/heatsink adds a couple of inches to the board.
Other Thoughts: I am currently mining with this card at 460kH/s. Efforts to push higher have been unsuccessful but I have not tried any BIOS mods.
I can mine at Intensity of 17, any higher results in hardware errors.
But as a gaming card, it is superior to my HD 6950's. One of which I BIOS modded to HD 6970, that card mines at 480-490 kH/s all day.
For mining I would look at much less expensive cards to acheive the same results.