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Just recently got hold of a GA-880GMA-USB3 from a liquidator on ebay. The board was missing accessories but was unused (still had the brand new factory smell). Had heavy issues getting it to even boot first time around until the battery was pulled for a bit and it worked fine and it's running rather stably overclocked right now in my current system.

Anywho, on to the whole point of this topic...

Maybe it's something to do with the board or possibly the bios but I have noticed that when the POST-Fail protection kicks in and resets timings - the board will not run stable no matter what you do other than reloading defaults which is more of a matter of annoyance than a hindrance. An example that would show the issues I will outline below:

1) Set stable overclock settings - reboot, all is fine.
2) Save the stable settings to a BIOS profile for later recall.
3) Adjust timings tighter... the POST fails and recovers with default timings.
4) Reload the saved profile from step #1 then reboot.
5) Board will no longer successfully post without recovery despite reloading stable settings or anything shy of stock. Even as far as setting memory timings to ganged as the only change results in a POST failure. Even at 'stock settings' the board is not stable when reset by post recovery or profile.
6)Re-enter BIOS - load optimized or fail-safe settings. Reboot.
7)Enter BIOS again and now load your profiles. Reboot.
8) all is fine and dandy until you cause the board to fail a POST so then refer back to step #3.

Basically it comes down to the board not being stable after POST recovery unless you completely reset using the built in fail-safe/optimized defaults. Loading from a profile will not work even if it simply a profile that was a copy of the failsafe/optimized defaults. Using the actual option is the only thing that breaks out of this 'post fail' sensitivity every time it kicks in.

I tried using the newer BIOS releases to the same issue overall. However the latest (F4e - the beta release) has issues with the menu... showing a few timing options incorrect or not setting them at all. Been sticking to the F2 release it has had originally without issue other than that which I've noted above.

Perhaps this is all part of how Gigabyte BIOS' works? I've always been used to the bios from EPoX and ASRock boards and never experienced such an anomaly the likes of this as this is the first Gigabyte board I have used.
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Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 32bit Hyundai ImageQuest p910+ @ 2560x1920 Compaq PS/2 Keyboard Model 5107 Rosewill CAPSTONE 650watt 
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