( 4.4 Average / 13 Ratings )
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This was such a breeze for a first time builder. Its GORGEOUS, everything is labeled on the PCB or underneath the pins so there was little confusion when building, and it has all the bells and whistles I could ever need.
Looks great even without the fancy lights on. More importantly, it runs cheap RAM at 3200MHz (Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200) with just a simple pre-loaded BIOS profile. Debug codes and dual BIOS are great, might not be able to go without them again!!
A few nitpicks:
--M.2 is in almost the worst spot possible. Right under the GPU. Seems to be a common problem though.
--The gimmicky "clear plastic design/removable RGB thing" is placed super poorly too. That's right where the biggest cable in the PC (24-pin) has to pass in front!! PLUS the front USB 3.0 and in my case 2X fan cables.
--Temp sensors are nice but the cables are WAY long. I ran one like 3 inches to the NVMe drive and had to wrap up a huge wad of cable in between.
--RGB software already crashed a couple times. Looks like it's "extreme rainbow pulse" for now...
Oh and "all lights off" leaves one fairly prominent dark-orange LED on... -_-
AWESOME. Fantastic motherboard. Replaced the previous board I had in there and is doing a great job. Stable power, great overclocks, looks amazing. Faces the same issue as most Gigabyte MOBOs at the moment, that being that the UEFI BIOS is maybe a touch on the light-side, missing one or two features I'd have liked to see and with related settings sometimes buried in different menus. Overall though, these are minor quibbles about a fantastic piece of kit.
Love the dual-bios function, it saved my ***! Lots of RGB, although the music function is kinda gimmicky. Includes on-board butons for: Power, Reset, CMOS clear, and OC. Has tons of fan/pump headers and a tasteful board design. CPU LED header doesn't always match the motherboard LEDs that well, so keep that in mind if you want to use the stock 1700 cooler.
To be honest this was the worst part in my build, on a superficial glance it is a very good motherboard, lots of io, built in lighting, all of its features seem to be top notch, however upon use you can tell it falls apart. First of all the bios is minimal and buggy, a major bug that troubled me for a month was that it reset cpu and ram frequency if the voltage was over 1.3v after not being intensely used a few minutes after system start, this has yet to be fixed.
The second strike against this motherboard is that it has a glaring dark orange led in the centre of the board, I have tried to hide it with electrical tape but it is strong enough to shine through which ruins the whole point of rgb imo.
The third strike is the led system, not only are they more obtuse then it would seem on video (shining bright instead of a glow) but they have a heavily limited colour scheme and CANNOT TURN ORANGE, given that orange is the color of the lighting on all of its promotional material I cannot forgive this issue, the only colors I find are particularly good are dark blue, red, purple and green. white is heavily toned turquoise and strangely enough when set to turquoise the right hand panel is a shade lighter then the other leds.
My original build had issues with Ram speeds but its brilliant now.
overclocks Ryzen and ram like a dream now.
Yes! It's really good. It comes with a bunch of accessories (although one of the SATA cables is apparently non-functional) and neat little accessories like extra velcro straps and SATA labels. Every port is clearly labelled and the manual is very readable. The BIOS is also pretty good and easy to use, plus double bios, and it comes with a suite of firmware which is not only fast, but it actually works! Yowza!
Two problems: HORRIBLE M.2 placement, it's behind the GPU! There's also only one M.2 slot, which is a bit meh. The SATA ports on the top also get blocked by full size GPUs.
A bit spendy, but it comes with all the bells and whistles, RGB lighting is nice as well as many headers for fans, temp sensores, rgb lighting and the rest.
Well, I’ve had Gigabyte motherboards in the past and they’ve performed quite well actually. The board itself is designed fairly decent but the only caveat I have is that the M.2 slot sits directly under the video card which could possibly increase heat to the SSD but I haven’t researched that yet so I’m not quite sure on that aspect.
All the connectors are well placed and it’s nice that it has a dedicated AIO fan header that’s rated at 3A. That was actually one of the deciding factors because the ASUS board I originally had picked out, only the CPU_FAN header was rated at 2A. Since I changed the fans out on my Fractal Design Celsius s36, the pump and the three Corsair LL120’s rated a little over 2A so I needed a board with a higher amperage rated fan header and this Gigabyte board fit the bill.
One of the deciding factors on buying this board was that it included a dedicated Sound Blaster X-Fi software suite specially designed for this motherboards audio chip. I was sorely disappointed when I tried to use it though as my JDS Labs: The Element AMP/DAC connected via a USB cable so The Element became my default playback device and the X-Fi software required the audio chip as the default playback device so it didn’t work. Was a little disappointed to say the least.
This motherboard is an absolute champ when it comes to features and performance and that tasty RGB goodness. And it was only £114 when I bought it. It wrecked other mobos in its price category; it uses a 6+4 phase! Only gripe here is a BIOS bug where above a 1.32V Vcore the ryzen boots at exactly 1546MHz. Weird. Another issue is that the M.2 is directly behind the main PCIe slot. Still, for the insane value this mobo provides I'm still keeping its 5 star rating.