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This review is from: ASUS Z97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Nice Size, perceived quality
Cons: Bluetooth is a no-go, just as noted by others. Never have I ever had a problem installing bluetooth.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great when it worked, failed at crucial time during year-end
Cons: Failed in about a year, what good is a long warranty when they send you an refurb item that is DOA? One year into a long warranty I don't want a refurb item, I barely had the item as new. And what about all the time wasted shipping, reinstalling DOA power supply, uninstalling, etc. Paid a premium price, got a junk product which was replaced with another piece of junk. If you can't refurb your own products properly why should I trust your brand?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Reading through reviews of most any motherboard that sells in decent quantity, you will find a number of negative reviews. As a result of reading "too many reviews" it becomes very difficult to ascertain whether to buy almost any motherboard from any manufacturer. While many negative reviews will have merit such as reviews of early versions of boards, a large number of them will be without merit, and often the problems will be user induced.
Can we make any conclusions by simply analyzing the reviews? I think we can. First, avoid early versions of boards unless you are willing to accept the risk of having some bugs and are willing to spend the time and effort to work through them. Intel has their Tick-Tock philosophy for processors - so why not follow this and buy your motherboards on the "Tocks" rather than the "Ticks".
Secondly, if you've had good luck with a certain brand of boards, you should probably stick with that brand as you are familiar with their BIOS, brand quirks along with brand strengths and weaknesses. If you have bad luck with a board brand avoid it. I had the same problems with one board manufacturer (I guess their engineers aren't really InTeLigent in boards - you know what I mean here - let them stick to what they do best). If you rebuild your machine every few years, before your current build spend some time learning about the newer technologies - chipsets, new BIOS changes, etc. When you do your build, do it immediately upon receipt and then if there are any problems send it back during the return period so you don't have to RMA (I hate everyone's RMA process, they all stink and I hate wasting time on the phone getting bounced from one person to the next who doesn't know what they are doing and don't seem to really want to give customer service).
In regard to this board has performed well for me and I have had great success with about a dozen Gigabyte builds. This has been my favorite Gigabyte board to work with. All ports function, no high pitched noises from bad components, audio functions properly, I'd rather have the SATA ports flat on the board instead of at 90 degrees. Having the keyboard port would have been nice, being able to plug an old keyboard in has often been handy for me. You can never have too many USB ports and three USB 3.0 headers on the m/b is great, and I currently only use two of them. An I5 Ivy bridge has given me a Windows Experience graphics score of 6.6 for regular and gaming graphics. Unless I run into issues I'm not going to bother adding a video card. No heat/temperature issues and my case does not have more than an average air flow.
When I have had problems on builds, many are due to easy fixes such as cables not seated properly or the power supply is bad.
Lastly I think one of the best general barometers of a product is how many reviews it has had rather than the number or percentage of bad reviews. If it has sold alot of units then probably a large number of customers have ha
Cons: Know the return policy and follow it, so that you can get your money back (less a restocking fee). Accept that part of buying computer components will be the hassle and expense of returning and perhaps RMAing products. Try to write meaningful and fair reviews. As part of our worldwide economic woes manufacturers are under extreme price pressure and as a result quality suffers. Overbuild and buy higher end components, they will cost you more initially but will likely lower your return postage and RMA costs.READ FULL REVIEW