Date Joined: 04/29/03
Overall Review: Samsung Solid State Drives are the best.
Pros: It works great so far.
Overall Review: Would recommend
Cons: This does not seem to be the same quality as older intel heat sink and fans. It was difficult to push two of the pins thru the motherboard. I'll probably use another fan like cooler master the next time.
Overall Review: It kept an i5 cpu at 34 degrees Celcius.
Pros: The best packaging I've ever seen. Stable power.
Cons: No cons.
Pros: Well made
Cons: I've bought many Gigabyte motherboards over the years but this one has a defect. The network drivers would not install because no network hardware was detected. I had to add a network card to this MB.
Overall Review: This unusual for a Gigabyte motherboard.
Pros: I've used a dozen of these over the last year. They are top quality. They have a long MB power cable suitable for bottom PS location.
Overall Review: The modular model allows you to use only the cables you need.
Pros: I've only made use of the USB ports. They work as expected.
Cons: Sensitive to static electricity. Two times my computer rebooted while plugging a flash drive into a usb port. If I touch the case as I am inserting the drive, no problems occur.
Overall Review: Very convenient for plugging in multiple drives.
Pros: Used as main drive in PC. Very fast - boots XP in 11 seconds. I hope for high reliability over time
Cons: None so far
Pros: I have bought about 40GB of A-Data DDR2-800 and have not had any problems. Comes with attractive heat sinks for a very fair price. It overclocks to about 15-20% with great stability.
Overall Review: Newegg rocks!!
Pros: Excellent MB. Gigabyte motherboards are top quality. This board is AM3 ready so I should be able to upgrade to a phenom II when prices fall.
Overall Review: Pay no attention to the reviews that knock off an egg or two because it has only one IDE connector or it doesn't support two video cards. Check out specs carefully before you order. Newegg is the absolute best!!
Pros: Very stable with CPU temperature generally holding at 36 C with stock HS and fan and cool & quiet. Using GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 780G HDMI Motherboard. Temp ran up to 50C using prime95 stressor. With DDR2-800, I have been able to OC to 24.1GHz by raising cpu frequency to 230 with bios tweaker. Performance/cost ratio very high.
Pros: Very fast and reliable. Works in all Asus, Foxconn, Gigabyte and Intel MB's I have used. Latest one Asus P5L-VM 1394.
Overall Review: I haven't OC'd this memory because all the systems I used it in were for businesses.
Pros: Fast, reliable, stays cool.
Cons: Hard for first timers to attach heatsink to LGA775 sockets.
Overall Review: Attach the heatsink before mounting the MB in the case. I use a rubber foot from an old case which has the hollowed out center. You could use a 1/4 inch thick piece of wood or hard rubber with a 1/4 inch hole drilled in it. Place this under one of the pins, set down on benchtop and push hard to seat the pin in the MB. The hollowed out area of the foot allows the pin to go through about 1/8 inch. Seat the next pin diagonally across from the first and seat the other two the same way. Since I've been using this method, I have had no problems.
Pros: Stable, Fast, Quality components
Cons: USB2 flash drive support - I have built three systems with this board, two with core 2 duos and one with Pentium-D. I cannot get the board to recognize usb2 flash drives. I have tried several brands but the boards with the core 2 duos will not work reliably even after flashing the BIOS to latest release. Intel has had three BIOS revisions in Jan 07 alone! Pentium-D worked after latest BIOS flash.
Overall Review: Ther front panel USB pinouts are less reliable than the rear USB ports. I am using Corsair Value Select DDR2. Except for the USB problem, board is great.