Joined on 02/06/06
Gigabyte Does It Again!!
Pros: Board layout is pretty good. Fired up and booted into Windows the first time. Has lots of Sata ports and also IDE and floppy connectors onboard. Fast read/write and file transfer speeds even with "regular" Sata 3Gbps Drives. Windows 7 login screen in under 30 seconds. The bios unlocks unlockable CPU's as I have used it with both the X3 720 and X2 550.
Cons: This will have been my 4th build with a Gigabyte borard and about 20th or so total. I have built systems with the MA790GP-UD4H and the MA790X-UD4P all without any problems. The only con I have is that I am only able to OC the AMD CPU's about 5-600 Mhz on air. I have not tried water cooling though. I have a Nehalem 920 to about 3.7 GHz on air and had it over 4 GHz but I turned it down. I will try out a CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler in the near future to see just how fast my X4 955 can go. I can only get it to about 3.85 or so. Also integrated video would be nice of course. The only real con would be that if you enable ACC and then the system BSOD's due to failed OC'ing or for whatever reason you have to enable ACC again in the BIOS. My other Gigabyte boards don't do this.
Overall Review: First of all if you do not own the board how can u write a review about it??? Secondly you can see by the pictures that there are 4 PCI slots. So how can u be upset/complain about it when you purchase it and see this?? If you are "future proofing" yourself with this board(which most buyers would be doing since it has 6 Gbps Sata and USB 3.0 Superspeed) then I would feel that the small fact that it has the 4 PCI slots would be a non-factor. This board ( in my opinion) would not be for heavy gaming at all of course since it does not support more than 1 Video card.
Pros: Price. Has case fans included. Good color.
Cons: Cheaply constructed. The walls of the case are pretty flimsy and the case is not "heavy duty" by any means. The fans are pretty noisy compared to the APEVIA CF3S 80mm Case Fans that I purchased with it. My case came with all 6 front connectors broken ( the connectors that hold the front face of the case cover to the case itself) not 1 or 2 but all 6 broken!!! If it had not been for receiving the case the Friday before Christmas I might have rma'd it.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. If you want quality this is not it.
Pros: Works with wireless well. Nice sleek black case.
Cons: Wireless connectivity only for streaming from other Apple devices!!!! I have a 24 port Cisco switch and everything in my condo is wired. I don't even have wireless activated!!!! So I will not purchase an Apple iMac, Macbook or Mac Mini because in order to stream their displays to Apple TV I would have to turn on wireless. There are about a dozen other wifi networks within range of me. Also my Apple TV is in our bedroom and my router and switch are in the basement where my office is located. Streaming from bedroom to Apple TV through my girlfriends iPhone would have to go from bedroom to basement back up to the bedroom. If we did purchase any Mac system and put it upstairs the same thing would have to happen....what sense would that make. If I could use this thing wired to stream from Apple systems (Macbook,iMac or Mac Mini) I would buy one but right now forget about it. I might just build a Hackintosh to see if there is anyway around it.
Overall Review: Whats up with no Youtube and Vimeo all of a sudden!!! I am a CCNP and work with networks for a living, so I am not technically challenged when it comes to systems and interconnecting them. My girlfriend was given this as a Birthday present a few months ago from her EXTREMELY & I MEAN EXTREMELY technically challenged parents who own one. I had to go over to their house and hook up theirs when they bought it plus explain to them what apps were!!! I set up their iTunes account and added videos to it and everything!!! I still get calls from them periodically for small things. I have been building systems for years and most people, IMHO, who use Apple products are technically challenged.
Works Great....with the correct Bios!!!
Pros: I have built at least 30 systems over the last 2 years so I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing. Love the Bios. Very easy to OC your CPU's. There are a lot of features available in the Bios to tweak your system to your hearts desire. If you have worked in electronics for an extended period of time, experience generally tells you that the heavier the component\part is the better quality it is...this board is HEAVY. I am a big Gigabyte fan as I build the bulk of my systems with their boards but Asus has good products also. I have just found that the Gigabyte boards will allow my systems to use the "sleep" function and wake properly as 1 of my old Asus Nforce 590 would not. Also I had a Biostar board that OC'd the same CPU about 3~4 hundred Mhz more than a similarly priced Asus board.
Cons: Since I have a few AMD systems I used a Sempron 140 to flash the Bios to the F5 Bios....I don't know if I needed to use it in order to flash the Bios because I was using an FX-6100 in the system when I ran into the original not being able to install the OS problems. The board booted with the FX-6100 from the first try but I was eliminating components as possibilities that would stop the OS from installing so I installed a Sempron during the Bios flash just in case. Ram!! Eventually I realized that the board did not play well with my OCZ30B1600LV4GK. I replaced it with 8 GB of Kingston (2 X 4 Gb) 1333 which it loves. If I put the OCZ back in I get a blue screen in Win 7 within 5 mins.
Overall Review: I purchased this board from a local retailer 3-28-12. First of all I will save everyone at LEAST 3-4 HOURS OF TROUBLESHOOTING HEADACHE. DOWNLOAD THE LATEST F5(BETA) BIOS!!!!! This board came with the F4 bios that is listed on Gigabyte's site. After trying to install Linux Mint 11, both 32 & 64 bit, Pinguy both 32 & 64 bit and Win 7 64bit to no avail I finally went onto Gigabyte's site and downloaded and flashed to the aforementioned F5 beta Bios. This finally allowed me to install Mint 11 64bit successfully. I then installed Pinguy and Win 7 successfully also. When I tried to install the OS's with the F4 bios the installers would all crash at some point during the install giving me some type of error message.
Great So Far!! Shame on Shipping Dept!!
Pros: Fast boot times, formatting is blazingly quick. Installed Linux Mint, Xubuntu and Pinguy on this drive just to see how long it would take. Each installation only took about 9 mins after installer began from DVD drive...which is extremely fast. Formatted 42 gig of the drive in about 4 mins (the other 70 GB are OS) using a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 and a FX-6100 @ 4.1 Ghz and 8 GB of Kingston DDR3.
Cons: Packaging of the shipping container!!! This drive was 129 bucks...but it was shipped in an 8 X 11 bubble padded envelope!!! Would you not think that something that is this important and relatively expensive deserves a real box with padding of some sort inside of it!!! The drive arrived 4 days after I ordered it using the 4-7 day shipping option which was great coming from Cali to Indiana.
Overall Review: Since this is my first SSD I cannot comment on other brands but so far this thing is great!! Going to use ATTO & AS SSD programs to benchmark the drive for speed in the next few days to see just how much speed the drive actually has. As mention before the parts of my system are: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 FX-6100 @ 4.1 using an old Opteron 170 stock cooler!! 8 GB of Kingston 1333 DDR3. Cooler Master CM Storm Scout ATX Gaming Case
Great Card...So Far!!!!
Pros: I have been building systems for about 7 years now so I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing. This card has cut my transcoding time in half. I transcode a lot of .mov files ranging from 10~15 minutes to .mp4 format for use on my phone and tablet. What used to take about 5-10 mins using my old(archaic) 9800 GT with 48 CUDA Cores now takes less than 2 mins!!! This thing is great!!!! I don't do much gaming though and not much of a GPU overclocker so I cannot comment on that.
Cons: 2 days after I ordered it and had not received this card from UPS, the EVGA 01G-P3-1370-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 card was only $20 bucks more!!!! Without a rebate though. It did have free shipping but only over that weekend. After that weekend its shipping went back to its normal of 8 bucks. Price...of course! All kidding aside, this card is great. At the time that I purchased it there was a $20 rebate card so I will fill that out but as for the performance I will play a few games thru emulators on it in the next week or so and give a follow up review after that.
Overall Review: Since I have only had this card for less than 3 weeks I have not gotten a chance to fully put it through its paces.