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technically though, there is no reason for it to be in the never buy section yet. I'm giving them until when BD is released (sept 6th now i heard.. geez). But honestly, i really doubt they will even release an update for our mobo.

One thing i don't get is... for the bios' they did release, they always remove the core unlocking feature.. i find that so weird..

I kind of put them in mental purgatory just for arguing with me on the phone about the motherboard issues, not to mention they put the wrong BIOS version on, and refused to admit a mistake. That was customer service. Then I was transferred to the actual tech, who finally admitted they only tested the CPU and memory sub-systems using different memory than I had specified having a problem with. They also didn't test the SATA ports, which were failing. They told me multiple times it was the memory, and not the board, and wanted me to test every stick, individually. When all of them passed, after 4 days of straight testing, they refused to admit the board had a problem.

This was after they sent the same board back to me that I sent them initially, after having performed all the tests previously. On top of that, they said they were sending me a "brand new" motherboard. I quote that, and asked if it was going to be refurb in any way, and they said no. BULL. They sent me an obviously refurb'd board.

The entire time I've fought with this board to get the RAM stable. It was entirely unpredictable, regardless of speed. At the time I had it, and the Asus board in my sig rig...never had a failure on the Asus. The UD5 couldn't run RAM as fast as, or on a lower voltage, that the Asus could. Performance was also sluggish in the memory dept.

All that, combined with a crappy BIOS which only allows enabling spread spectrum for "advanced" settings (which have to be enabled), severe problems with getting the 2nd BIOS chip to boot instead of the primary, and little things like screwed up voltage settings due to turbo mode, no half-multipliers, and no BIOS updates to fix it since November of last year, makes me put Gigabyte on a DNB list. My entire group of local friends consisted of GB fans...they have all looked away from GB as well, due to the sheer amount of BS involved in my situation.

EDIT: I made a nice, long, run-on sentence.
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Sadly, my last MSI experience left a bad taste. The 790FX-GD70 was a great overclocking board, except it had a stuck BIOS, and I had to send it back, just after 3 months. I waited over a month to receive it. 3 months after that, the VRM blew up, blistering the board, right after I dropped a Thuban in it, despite it drawing less power than the C2 965 the board previously held. I contact MSI about it, and they were slow to respond (took about a week), and offered no help with shipping. With insurance, and before I found the UPS store, it was $30 per RMA, and I'd had to pay it once already. UPS dropped about $6 off the price by contrast.

Gigabyte said my board was fine, when it wasn't, but did pick up the shipping. Their utter lack of updating on this board, or admitting it might have memory problems is why I say MSI is better...if the heatsink on the GD70 had touched the VRM, I would likely be using the board to this day. I never had memory issues with it, or stability problems. The stuck BIOS happened once, and never again.

Overall, I still think the RMA process should be at the maker's cost, because...it's their fault in most cases, and due to defects. That would probably result in better products, too. Even if the cost were higher, I'd rather pay $30 more for a motherboard that I didn't have to send back even once, because it was reliable, instead of the products coming to market now.

I'll stick to Asus..the last brand I've had the least problems with.
I had not the 1st ASUS mobo, but i'm saving money for the the CH V and test it.

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The only thing I can think of... all of the mainstream and budget boards were updated, the enthusiast boards were not. Maybe Gigabyte figures that since enthusiasts likely want the latest and greatest board (990FX), most would already dump the board, and few people would be helped by the BIOS update.
     
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The only thing I can think of... all of the mainstream and budget boards were updated, the enthusiast boards were not. Maybe Gigabyte figures that since enthusiasts likely want the latest and greatest board (990FX), most would already dump the board, and few people would be helped by the BIOS update.
Good point there, all we already have at least one 990FX mobo.

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The only thing I can think of... all of the mainstream and budget boards were updated, the enthusiast boards were not. Maybe Gigabyte figures that since enthusiasts likely want the latest and greatest board (990FX), most would already dump the board, and few people would be helped by the BIOS update.
again.. this is what i think or.. they really can't make a bios update because they cheaped out on the design in the rev 2 boards...
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Makes you wonder what was so horribly wrong with the Rev 1.x boards that they were never released to the public?

Not to mention that after 6 BIOSes, they STILL do not properly use CnQ. I cannot speak about the Rev 3.x boards, but if I had to guess, they do not work right either.
     
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Disclaimers:

1) I have not read through the entire thread
2) I have always purchase AMD but mistakenly bought into the 2 oz. of copper advertising by Gigabyte.
3) This is a last ditch effort before I ditch this UD5

I have been building computers for myself and many others since 1991, so wiring them up, being mindful of static, etc. is nothing new to me. Not trying to be a smart guy here just giving some background.

I have a UD3 which never gave me any problems.

So I purchased a UD5 - which never beeped, posted or made any animal sounds out of the box. So I RMA'd it. I reinstalled the motherboard and the least number of components I needed to get into the BIOS.

Never got into the BIOS. No warning beeps, no post, no nothing. Open the Optical Drive bay and it closes immediately.

My conclusions:

1) GB probably designs great boards but, as with other products, they enjoy all the "cheapness" of being made in China (yeh, I can say that. I lived there!)

2) The UD5 board was probably defective from the get-go and when I RMA'd it, all GB did was repackage it and send it back to me with limited testing or no testing at all.

Aside from playing RMA-round-the-Rosy for the rest of my natural life, is there anything I can do to save it? I was kind of hoping that the optical drive bay (sata) opening and closing might tell someone with more knowledge than I at least something.

And for what it's worth, I AM NOT trashing GB. Trust me. I have bought defective crap from just about all respected mfrs.
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If I had read the latest comments in this thread I would have steered clear of the board, but I can honestly say I have had no major problems. No stability issues with my hardware and very overclocking friendly, CnQ works seems to work fine even when ocing with the fsb.Still peeved about bd support but maybe the situation will change when bd is actually released (be it a bios update or cheap upgrade option from gb).
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Has anyone tried altering the UD7(F5E Bios) to work on the UD5? I tried flashing it but it comes up with a checksum error.
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Makes you wonder what was so horribly wrong with the Rev 1.x boards that they were never released to the public?

Not to mention that after 6 BIOSes, they STILL do not properly use CnQ. I cannot speak about the Rev 3.x boards, but if I had to guess, they do not work right either.
u know.. i never thought about a rev 1 mobo. Hmmmm... now that u mention it... maybe it really is badly designed then

a bit curious what u mean by CnQ not working. Mine works fine, it's constantly switching around its' speed 1040mhz, 2080mhz and 3510mhz...

@ incurablegeek

it sounds like the board is being shorted somewhere, that would be the first thing i would look at anyway (besides psu).


honestly though, the mobo isn't a bad mobo, but the longevity of it just isn't what most ppl expected it to be. I planned on getting a BD upgrade too with this but, guess not now :/
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