Had a motherboard fail on me today and I have been hunting around for a replacement.
I saw the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 mentioned on Tom's Hardware and thought I would ask here to see if anyone had tried it for mining.
It has Expansion 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x16, x8) and 3 x PCI Express x1 so potential of running 5 GPUs.
It took me a long time time figure out how to get Ubuntu to boot from a USB on a gigabyte board but when I did I posted it herehttps://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=90858.0
Not sure the first format is neccesary, and I think the need to go into the boot menu every time you boot up with the stick is what trips people up.
Right, what I understand from your link is that even after all that messing about, the Gigabyte board in question will still not boot from a Linux USB stick without "user-intervention".
Lets be clear -- even if you have the Bios set to "Re-Start on reconnection of AC power" it will not Boot by itself
when AC power come back on. Somebody has to be there to play with the Bios to the damn thing to Boot up into Linux!! I am just checking the Calender I believe it is the year 2012
Another interesting quirk from the Gigabyte boys in Taipei is the latest F8 Bios for the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5
(see this link https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=88672.0
if you fancy plugging USB Windows Boot sticks with ATIFlash on them into that one).
With all the well documented issues, why would a Noob want to deal with one of these Gigabyte boards when there so many other reliable options??