Originally Posted by consumer;15000693
Gigabyte have known boot looping issues with Z68 boards, this is fact and IMHO they are rubbish except the UD7.
Why get bitten twice? I got sucked in by the 20 VRM's but the board lacks everything the ASrock has , UFEI bios, NF200 chpset, Tri Sli, PCI 3.0.... For the same price as a UD5 I'll take the ASrock & sell my UD5 once I get a new one back from RMA. Besides BIOS updates which I admit ASrock lacks I can't think why you would go Gigabyte.... Why wouldn't I spend my money else where knowing all these facts..
Some of them have boot loop issues not all of them, just like some Asus boards have boot issues too and probably some others, I know this because when I was deciding which board to buy a lot more people had a lot more problems with the Asus boards and the company than with Gigabyte, which is why I bought a Gigabyte.
Originally Posted by LoneWolf15;15000312
One bad board does not equal a piece of crap. It equals one bad board. Every company has an RMA rate, and a board can get damaged in shipping.
I notice you have an Asrock Extreme 7. I myself owned the Extreme 4 Gen 3, and returned it after thirty days due to issues (probably a buggy UEFI BIOS) and lackluster support on the part of Asrock. Even with that experience, I don't label the board crap --rather, I label it a well designed and engineered piece of hardware that's let down by a buggy BIOS and a company that needs to work on its technical support.
My Gigabyte UD5 replacement has been perfectly fine (note: I'd have replaced my board with an Asrock if I thought it would fix the problem, but I've been doing this twenty years, and I'm sure the board wasn't defective, just buggy, with no BIOS fix currently available). If there were strong indicators that 5% or more Gigabyte UD5 boards were being RMA-ed due to problems, then I might be able to agree with your assessment, which reads like most of the NewEgg one-star reviews I've seen from people that had one unfortunate experience, and then buy another board rather than exchanging it with the idea that they just might have gotten the one board in 50-100 that was DOA out of the box.
I was saying this the other day too, it's stupid, you'd have as much chance of getting a DOA board from the other manufacturer as getting one from the same company again.
Originally Posted by smaudioz;14986994
I don't understand people who get a DOA board (or anything else) then go with a different manufacturer instead for the replacement, you have as much chance of getting a DOA board from them as getting another DOA Gigabyte one, seems a lot of people do it too, weird.
I got a DOA audio interface but I didn't return it and get a different one as a replacement, because when I bought it I'd decided that was the best one for me from all the reading I did about it, and the chances of it happenng a 2nd time were tiny.
If you don't decide to swap it for a different one just because the original one was DOA, and you decide you'd prefer a different one for other reasons then fair enough.