Reviewed by ga2010005611 at @ 09:08 PM Oct 02, 2010
Gigabyte does improve on the board components even though it's a reference design.
Heat & noise issues are grossly & overly exaggerated!
MY MATX RIG: ANTEC NSK3480 with side 120mm (modded), 120mm rear and 100mm upfront.
INTERNAL COMPONENTS: 2 HDD's, 1 fan controller, 4 sticks of RAM, one Auzentech X-Fi Prelude card, E8600 cpu, Corsair HX620.
FULL LOAD: 80C @ room temp of 23C, fans set @ 1200rpm.
IDLE TEMP: 50C @ room temp 23C, fans set at 1200rpm.
NOISE? I can not hear it over the all my cooling fans (@ 1200rpm) at full load.
DRIVERS? Stable as a rock with Nvidia drivers. No problems in Win7, Vista or XP.
POWER? Do the math or use an online PSU calculator. My Corsair HX620 does a fine job.
ADVICE: Choose the right computer chassis, plan your airflow correctly and you will not have any heat/noise issues whatsoever.
Runs best in Windows 7 64bit or Vista 64bit in conjunction with mid to high-end parts.
I can only fault Nvidia at GPU efficiency. Otherwise I still give this product a 5/5.