Joined on 04/27/07
Affordable but not as durable as claimed.
Pros: Of course, the pros to choosing the Gigabyte are: It is affordable yet still enough of a major brand name to get support and documented comparability lists. The "Ultra Durable" motherboard line has always been well made. The new motherboard bios is very useful in overclocking Ram and CPU compatibly
Cons: The little glowing LED line is pretty much useless because it really cant be seen if you add a graphics card. i just turn it off. The new bios is useful but a little too pointlessly graphically intense. and a bit confusing in its layout This motherboard will disable USB sockets if you try to install Windows 7 MOST IMPORTANTLY: After 6 months of use. one of the rear USB 3.0 sockets died. I verified that this is not a OS or software issue. It simply started going out , then quit completely. This is the first time this has ever happened with any of the Gigabyte motherboards i have owned. This failure is especially disappointing given the fact that this motherboard is classified as a "Ultra Durable" by Gigabyte. (UPDATE) 12 months now, and another rear USB port has failed. At this rate i may only have a couple years of usable board life)
Overall Review: This Motherboard is a affordable and fairly good motherboard for its price. But very disappointing that a USB 3.0 socked failed after only 6 months. ( i am concerned that the other USB sockets may fail soon as i had to move my USB device to another socket)
Pros: For $300 this card is a good deal. It performs surprisingly well, performing as well as my Rx5700xt. The 12gb of Vram hopefully will insure future compatibility for games. Windows 7 is supported. Nvidia drivers include security updates for windows 7 graphics hardware even though Nvidia no longer officially supports windows 7. Supports Ray tracing in windows 10 or above with directX 12
Cons: it uses more wattage at idle than expected drawing about twice as much as my R9 280x at idle. I tends to run a tad hotter in gaming and will throttle itself down when reaching 80 degres. However with a fan tuning software like MSI Afterburner this can be avoided. Does not support ray tracing in windows 7 at least not natively. a in game DX12 emulator will be needed.
Overall Review: Overall i would recommend this card at $300 or below. Some things to take note are. Because of the RTX design it requires a PCI-e 16x slot. the card will draw 12.1 volts from the slot and 12.1 volts from the 6 pin graphics card power cables. Unlike the GTX boards that draw most of their power through the graphics card power cables. If your PCI-e slot is under 16x i highly recommend a GTX card. The card is long but fits OK in my minitower PC
Constant Green screen crashing.
Pros: Pros? Well its powerful .When it does actually work. Runs very cool.
Cons: Constant random Green screen crashing, but oddly not while im gaming, just when im doing normal browser related tasks. seems to be worse in MS Edge and Opera than in chrome or firefox. Apparently its the driver ( which is up to date ) that randomly decides it's going to stop running.
Overall Review: I bought Sapphire because of the positive experience i have had with them over the years and their being a DEDICATED ATI AMD GPU manufacturer. I have always been a ATI fanboy, because they have never let me down.....up untill now. But my next GPU will be an Nvidia . Apparently when AMD disbanded ATI they threw out research, quality control and product testing.
Really good product.
Pros: Good cooling large solid cpu contact surface. After a good lapping the cooler brings my Ryzen 3 temps to a steady 35c degrees
Cons: The contact surface is deeply textured
Overall Review: Overall good BUT the contact plate needs to be lapped , the textured gouges in the surface are very deep.