Joined on 11/26/08
Excellent board for Overclocking and Gaming
Pros: -overclocked my i5 to 4.1ghz easily -memory runs at 2100mhz without any issues -tantalum capacitors = excellent sound -intel ethernet is much faster than realtek -runs cool -looks awesome in my windowed case -LOTES socket and bracket -8 sata ports -lots of room for SLI or Crossfire -excellent software bundle -Chinese tech support is great
Cons: -Chinese tech support is great and responded immediately but North American tech support sucks. They speak English too, so go to the Chinese for support -debug led doesn't display temperature
Overall Review: Last reviewer clearly doesn't know how to build a computer. I've owned this board for a month and it runs rock stable even at 4.1ghz and 1.36V. I got this board because I've always been a fan of DFI and this will be their last ATX board.
Quiet at 1100rpm, but gets loud at full.
Pros: -orange -uv reactive -bright -good airflow -quiet at 1100rpm
Cons: -leds are glued on the sides of the fans -cable not sleeved -loud at full speed -sleeve bearing -price close to good quality ball bearing fans
Overall Review: These fans are cool looking, but they can get quite loud and makes an annoying buzzing sound when run at full speed. My other GentleTyphoon fans are much more quieter and move more air.
Almost a year and runs great!
Pros: -stable, reliable, and looks cool with the green LEDs -recognizes my 2x2gb Patriot Sector 5 1600mhz ram and my 2x4gb Kingston 1866mhz Hyper X T1 ram -frequent updates on Gigabyte's website -sounds great with Hi-Res 192khz recordings -excellent sound quality from ALC898 chip for less than $100
Cons: -USB DAC power option does not work in BIOS (USB DAC power feature enables or disables the power for the USB DAC connector on the back panel to provide only the audio signal if your DAC runs on an external power supply. This improves the sound quality) It could also be an issue with my DAC's USB connection (using Arcam irDac) -sound could be too "clean" or "accurate" for some who prefer a warmer, colored sound -does not tolerate poorer recordings (MP3s, etc.)
Overall Review: Running latest BIOS and no issues. I think the negative reviews indicate an incompatibility between this board and newer Intel chips. I'm using an i3 that came out last year. Upgrading to newer BIOS is the solution. Gigabyte should have included a way to upgrade the BIOS externally, but that is a feature I've seen on higher end mobos.
Stable, reliable, but lacking some basic features
Pros: -4 fan system fan headers -debug led displays cpu temperature
Cons: -no option in BIOS to control system fan speeds -audio quality not the best (ALC898 is much better) -My heatsink blocked the top pci-e x1 slot
Overall Review: The biggest gripe about this motherboard is the inability to control your system fan speeds. Basically, your system fans run at full speed all the time. Only cpu fan has fan control option. My fans are very quiet and my system is almost inaudible even with 4 fans, but for users with high RPM fans I suggest you get a fan controller. Also, the audio quality is not as good compared to ALC898 on my other motherboard. Everything else works great; no major issues so far.
Good features and quality materials but lacks of care in assembly
Pros: -sleek, modern looking -extremely light for a mid-tower case due to rail-mount design -excellent build quality -rubber anti-vibration grommets for fans, power supply, side panels, and hard drives -ability to mount up to 5 fans -ability to change orientation of hard drive cage -quiet fans
Cons: -many scratches on inside of case -pre-installed standoffs and no tools included to remove them -small heatsink motherboard cut-out (had to remove my motherboard to install cooler back plate) -many sharp edges (partially shredded my Corsair flat cables) -lacks room behind motherboard tray to hide cables -generally poor cable management -lacks 2nd dust filter for 2nd optional 140mm fan -lacks dust filter for side panel fans -only two fans included
Overall Review: Initially I thought my case was an open box item due to the many visible scratches on the inside and the pre-installed motherboard standoffs. Newegg told me the case was brand new so I suspect it is was the lack of care at their assembly plant. The exterior was flawless, so I did not RMA it. As for the motherboard standoffs, they are extremely difficult to remove and no tools were included to remove them, Lian Li should have allowed the builder to install the standoffs themselves, it would've saved the them and the builder a lot of time. My motherboard was slightly smaller than the pre-installed stand offs, so I just used the holes that were available and did not bother removing the other standoffs. My last Lian Li case (PC-7B Plus II) was flawless inside and out. Disappointed to see Lian Li dropping in quality control.
Highly Overclockable and 100% Stable
Pros: -runs at 1740mhz on 1.65V stable (currently running them at 1680mhz) -heatspreaders look awesome and runs cool -3Dmark Vantage included
Cons: -green pcb, instead of black pcb as shown in picture
Overall Review: I couldn't believe I was able to overclock this ram to 1740mhz using only 1.65V and 8-8-8-24 timings. 100% stable in prime95 and memtest. Also, runs 100% stable at 1333mhz using 1.5V and 7-7-7-20 timings. Specs: i5 750 @ 4.2ghz 1.39V 4gb Patriot DDR3 @ 1680mhz (7-7-7-20) DFI P55 motherboard Sapphire 5870 1250W Enermax PSU