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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: experience with Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX Reply with quote

Hi,

I'd like to upgrade my Gentoo-Box with a new board.

What do you think about Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX with an Intel CORE I7-4770 3.40GHZ LGA 1150?
pros and cons? The question is not, if it fits my demands, it will (right now I'm running an ancient Asus M2N-E ....) . The question is more, is it fully supported by all necessary drivers and has someone some good experiences with it.
alternatives?

Actually, I don't need that onboard graphic, this was the first offer of my hw-dealer. And who wants amd-video anyway.... ;-)

Thanks a lot.

Heinrich
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i got Asus Z87i-Pro and i7-4770k, everything is fine
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As luck would have it, I just built a new box with a Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H with an i7-4790. Not exactly the same as what you are talking about, but fairly close.

I went with Gigabyte after reading that they had good Linux support. I haven't been disappointed at all. The board is well designed with plenty of room for RAM and an after market CPU cooler. The BIOS and bootloader are very well done. Clearly, they took their time and did it a good job with it.

As for installing Gentoo, I actually did get one nasty shock from the board. The Ethernet requires the e1000e driver which the System Rescue CD apparently does not include by default. However, the driver is in the kernel and works perfectly. All the other drivers I needed where enabled in the default kernel .config. Just a heads up that that board may have the same curve ball waiting for you.

The only suggestion I have is to use the EFI features. It works very nicely, so there is no need to mess around with another boot loader.
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