Years ago I had Gigabyte mainboard in computer at work. One day cpu fan died — it did not shut down but tried to operate with 85°C at CPU… That day I decided to not buy Gigabyte mainboards anymore (my home machine had in BIOS limit of working temperatures with 70°C set as temp to shut down).
Few days ago I upgraded my home machine. And it is Gigabyte powered :) To be exact: EP35C-DS3R is what I bought.
There are few annoyances:
- Intel AHCI SATA BIOS adds few seconds on each boot for checking 6 Serial-ATA ports
- Gigabyte AHCI SATA/ATA BIOS adds few more and ask for pressing key (with few seconds timeout)
But also nice stuff:
- profiles in BIOS — so I am able to configure everything and store settings for later use
- flashing BIOS from USB stick, hard drive or floppy (does someone still use floppies?)
I also added few other components: Core2Quad Q6600 CPU, 4GB RAM and new hard drive but that is other story.