Joined on 02/21/02
Does the job
Pros: It is a good mATX motherboard. It it easy to overclock with this motherboard. It is something I expect from Gigabyte as their motherboards are good price with good performance.
Cons: There is a few things that prevent me from giving this board a 5 star. The first is the positioning of the SATAs. If you have a video card that is a little longer, it will block out some of the SATA. I have a 8800 GT (single slot) and it blocks 1 SATA. The second is the ram slots are seperated (not much of con as it is a perference). Lastly, the board refuses to save the bios if I overclock. It restarts back to default values.
Overall Review: The cons are just minor. They are more of a annoyance at times but not enough to outweigh the pros. Just hope Gigabyte can release a firmware that actually saves the bios information.
Fast in all sense of the word
Pros: Fast. Very fast. Installed windows in about 20 minutes.
Cons: I was curious about the 10,000 memory cycle life of the chips and downloaded the software to check. Life cycle was half used already. Got over 5000 cycles on it already. This is normal usage for about 4-5 months.
Overall Review: Ask for help on OCZ forum with no response. I will be sending this back soon as the drive is nearly the end of its cycles.
Small Full Computer
Pros: This thing is small. Ridiculously small. It is a full computer in a small box. Well built. All you need is a HD and Ram and you ready to go. Powerful enough to replace a desktop for everyday use. It takes mSata drive and a 2.5 HD. HDMI and Display port. Runs cool and uses a fraction of the power of a full tower. Decent intel graphics. Box has the intel jingle when opened.
Cons: Have runned into any problems as of yet.
Overall Review: I put in 8gb of ram, a 128 mSata SSD, and a 500GB HD. This thing rocks. I use this computer strictly for work. Replace the bulky computer I had and performs better. Installed windows 7 pro with no problems. From start to finish was flawless and quick.
Good things does come in small packages
Pros: The layout of this board is quite well thought out. There are blue LEDs showing the ram usage. I had no problem putting in a H50 watercooling. The on board power and reset buttons are great for testing the board. I actually like that as I hate having to plug the power switch in to test the motherboard or using a screw driver to turn it on. So far, with a 2500k and 8 GB of ram, it runs great. UEFI boots up in seconds.
Cons: No crossfire. It says crossfire on the description but MSI's website does not say it does crossfire.
Overall Review: Overall, still a great motherboard with USB 3.0. Supports the newest Sandy Bridge.
Great Service and Customer Service
I bought a computer from them. After about 2 weeks it died on me. I contacted them and they were very nice and after our discussion, they sent me a motherboard to replace. Unfortunately, the motherboard was damaged. As a tech, I understand things break so I don't hold the seller for as it is not their intention. What I look for is the customer service. They responded quickly and worked with me. Unfortunately, they didn't have the parts but they were very nice.