So I see a lot of build guides posted on the Build a PC section and I see many people recommending people avoid Gigaybte boards. What is it that people dislike about them? I personally have one and have not had any issues with it so am interested to see why people dislike them.
Their low end boards are really bad but people always use them for some reason.
My board isnt exactly high end, ive got the 970a-ds3
I've never had a problem with them, though I haven't used a mobo from anyone that didn't have all solid capacitors in nearly a decade.
I haven't disliked their hardware in recent years, only their BIOS'es. :)
I hear their new take on UEFI has gotten much better, but their first scared me away fast.
My board doesnt have many features but I have never had any problems, was easy when I built the system and have not had any issues with it since
On some of the AMD boards there are VRM problems that is part of why people do not recommend them. I know the intel boards are fine as far as I know.
Vrm problems on some AMD boards and shitty bios's. And really the features on a gigabyte board never really put it on top of the competition in what ever price range that board falls into.
Mainly for me it's the BIOS, the lower end boards aren't that good but I mean you get what you pay for.
using a 990FX-ud3
I've been running 4.7Ghz on my FX6350 for about 7months now with no issues.
I can run it at 4.8/4.8 but I'm not comfortable with the voltage.
I like Gigabyte boards, works very well with linux and OSX, very good BIOS maintenance, very good features, always works, good support if something does go wrong.
Hmm, guess people only ever document their opinions when they are bad. Seems like a lot more praise than I thought.
i dislike gigabyte am3+ boards, because they have cost me to much headaces. ☺
For a hackintosh, intel gigabyte boards are generally very good because they have very little extra "fluff." Gigabyte to me has usually been no-nonsense, no unnecessary fluff. I have a 970a-ud3 with my old phenom 965. I'm not oc'ing at all, but it is very solid.
I generally use GB boards in client builds where oc'ing is unnecessary. I've used their ga-h87n wifi for many builds in a node 304 (though its offset socket kinda limits what cooler you can put in it. I usually go for the h60)
I've read many reviews where people have stability problems when oc'ing, which is why I go to other manufacturers like asus or asrock for things like that.
In the past Gigabyte was god aweful. Now days their not that bad on the intel side. Stay awya from their AMD stuff. Outside of the states their overpriced for what they are.
I purchased a Gigabyte board back in 2010 for my first build and it worked perfectly fine for the nearly two years that I had it, I used two different AMD processors in that board as well. Very stable and overclocking was fine as well.
My current rig also has a Gigabyte board in it (I didn't pay for this board, CPU, or RAM). It has a Core 2 Quad Q9550 from back in 2008 and 8 GB DDR2 RAM. This computer was used in a school previously. I run it with a GTX 770 and has been perfectly stable for more than 6+ months.
you can have good or bad luck with mobo´s from every manufacturer. its just elektronics. ☺
Had rwo MB's from Gigabyte, both died pretty quickly. The first died within a week. Board was RMA'ed and the next board did the same, i.e. died within a couple of days. (Board was RMA'ed...again)
I don't know if it was the GTX 285 that killed it, but the ASUS I bought instead, while waiting for the replacement, worked flawlessly, and is still operational, after well over 2 years.
The 3rd Gigabyte board that was send to me after the RMA case completed, was sold. I did not have the nerves to try the same board a 3rd time :)
AsRock, and Asus have in my builds always proven the most reliable choice. My server is using an AsRock MB, and has been running 24/7 for well over 3 years
Haven't heard of people not liking Gigabyte boards at all...
Currently running the GA-H87N wifi. It's packed with lots of features for it's price and I'm impressed by it's quality. Haven't had a single problem with it yet.
I think you have to be careful and read the reasons why people disliked the boards. I find many times in customer reviews, people will give the board a bad review or score based on a trivial or subjective reason. Some times it's the customers fault for not properly researching what they needed in the first place. Such reasons are not the fault of the board's manufacturing, quality or design and I think this makes up a sizable portion of bad scores for a lot of components.
Unless you see consistent and repeating claims of genuine failures, I'm always very cautious and look at the specific reasons for bad scores/reviews. Newegg specifically is bad for this as people will give something a 1 egg score because they didn't like newegg's customer service or their shipment arrived late, etc.
I'm the type of person who is not brand bias and does not look at something purely because of who makes it but rather I look at the physical product itself. I look at the feature set, quality of the components and price along with carefully scrutinizing the customer reviews to get a good idea of how "good" a certain product may be and make a decision based on that. I don't care if it's made by Biostar, ECS, Gigabyte, Asus or whoever. if the product itself is good, then it's worthy of being given a chance. We also shouldn't hold grudges against specific companies for know past failures (Seagate 1.5TB HDDs). One bad product does not mean all products thereafter will also be bad. If the company is well known and has a strong reputation within the community, you have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they will improve future products.
EX58-UD5 running like a champ never had any problems, must be about 4 or so years old now, OC i7 920 3.8ghz. I rather like Gigabyte and will most likely be buying a board from them when I decide to upgrade in the future.