Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:06 PM
Since I have one I can answer your question, Yes & No.
The motherboard will fit the case but the power supply is too weak.
Gigabyte recommends a 500 Watt or better power supply.
I think most of the bad reviews are from the PSU issue.
If you want the motherboard I suggest getting a case with no PSU & a GOOD 500W or better PSU.
Here is the review I posted on the egg for the motherboard.
[I have changed power supplies since I wrote the review]
Pros: I bought the motherboard to replace my Asus P5KPL-VM mostly to get the RAID feature.
The motherboard installed easily & started right up.
Cons: My CPU has a 10 multiplier.
I could not overclock with the multiplier locked at 10.
I had my 2.66 C2D OC'd to 3.2GHz on my Asus board & wanted it running at that speed on this one.
To solve the OCing issue I lowered the multiplier to 8 , incresed the bus to 400 for a 1600MHz front bus, & got my 3.2GHz.
I had a hard time getting my G.Skill PC8500 to run at the rated 1066MHz
According to my PC Wizard benchmarks I have lost over 300 points in Global performance using my CPU,memory, & video card off of my Asus P5KPL-VM .
The loss of performance would have been much worse had I not had the added performance of 2 matched 7200RPM SATA hard drives in RAID 0.
All is set to the same speed as on the Asus board.
Not too happy about trading performance for RAID.
Being a higher end Gigabyte motherboard I really expected to gain a little performance as well as the RAID .
Other Thoughts: I read all of the 1 egg reviews before I bought the motherboard.
I think many of the "DOA" reviews were from people that simply didn't have a strong enough power supply to run the board.
The Gigabyte web site recommends a 500 Watt or better PSU.
[I have a 680 Watt]
I can also say that with a Core2Duo E6700 the motherboard works just fine with a 4 pin CPU connector.
OCZ StealthXstream 700W,Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R , E8500, Arctic Freezer Pro 7, 3GB G.Skill PC8500,Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 OC [1GB ], Seagate 250GB SATA II X2 in RAID 0, Samsung SATA DVD burner.