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Windows 7: Experience with Gigabyte motherboards?

27 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Experience with Gigabyte motherboards?

Any on have any experience with Gigabyte motherboards?

For the last 3 builds covering 10 years Iíve been using Intelís MB, the current being their now discontinued Extreme D975XBX2 Bad Axe 2. As you can see, the board is a little long in the tooth as well as the Core 2 Quad Q6600

With that said I was really set on getting the Intel Extreme DX58SO board but it too is getting a little old, especially since some of the newer X58 boards are coming out with USB 3.0 and SATA 6, the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 being one of them, and the one Iím currently settling for.

So, does anyone have thoughts, experiences with Gigabyte or this particular board? Please share.

Thanks

BTW, hereís the parts needed for my i7 system build. Everything else will be moving from my current system.

MB - GA-X58A-UD5
CPU - Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
RAM - Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz

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27 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, my experience with Gigabyte is limited to AMD boards--namely, the one I have now. I can say that I have not had any problems with anything related to this board. And, the big plus for me is its Dual Bios feature--which means that you gotta try real hard to mess your BIOS up!

DualBIOS

Other than that, I can't offer more info.

If you go with it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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27 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've owned 3 Gigabyte boards. My current Windows 7 box runs on a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Rev 1.1 with the F12 BIOS. This has been a very solid board, very stable, runs cool and overclocks very easily.

I generally buy 3 makes of mobos: Intel, Gigabyte and Asus. (in no particular order).
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27 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

My first mobo was an Intel... I've no good memories... Last three ones were Gigabyte. AMD based chipsets. And, as a system builder, I can say: Gigabyte is my only choice!!!
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27 Apr 2010   #5

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Gigabytte is a good company, reliable and cost effective.
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27 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks guys. I've done some research, looked at a couple of reviews and checked some forums. So far I haven't seen any show stoppers with the UD5, so baring anymore financial deviations, I may purchase the setup next week.

BTW I'm so use to Intel's simple BIOS that I'm somewhat concerned about all the settings and tweaks involved with these new "tweak board" BIOS's. I've downloaded the mobo's owner manual to get a grip on the different settings. Any hints/tips?

Thanks.
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27 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Thanks guys. I've done some research, looked at a couple of reviews and checked some forums. So far I haven't seen any show stoppers with the UD5, so baring anymore financial deviations, I may purchase the setup next week.

BTW I'm so use to Intel's simple BIOS that I'm somewhat concerned about all the settings and tweaks involved with these new "tweak board" BIOS's. I've downloaded the mobo's owner manual to get a grip on the different settings. Any hints/tips?

Thanks.
If you aren't overclocking...there really aren't many settings that you need to concern yourself with.
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27 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Iím actually planning on doing some slight overclocking. In fact Iím doing some research on that as well. Thus the BIOS question.

Also, anyone know where/If I can get an adapter for this ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT to use with the i7 CPU?

Thanks
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29 Apr 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Drew,

I've used several Gigabyte boards over the years and found them to be great solid reliable motherboards. You shouldn't have any problems with it using the parts you have listed.
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29 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks Brink, did you read my PM BTW

Thanks.
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