The bundle is one area that Gigabyte really went all out in. All the necessary drivers CDs, cables and connectors are included, as is the DSP connector and the USB Bluetooth dongle key for wireless connectivity making for a much fleshed out package. Gigabyte at least included a floppy disc with the SATA drivers on it, which is imperative to completing Windows installation, be sure to hit the F6 key on the first Windows screen and you will be prompted to provide the correct SATA driver. Be sure to hit the F10 key if using the ICH7R controller and setup your RAID array before attempting Windows installation. Standard PATA optical devices and ATA hard drives will be auto-detected and require no additional drivers to complete Windows installation. The 12v power connector is located by the DPS connector and can be very un-ergonomic when trying to get a cable to it inside your enclosure. The standard power connector is located by the memory and is not an inconvenient placement for the most part, optimally having both the standard and 12v connections located together would be best. There is an included fan to place on top of the non-active heatsink on the NB with an active cooling solution to help keep temps down. The board is silk screened clearly enough to see where all the cables and system wiring are attached, which makes it easier to get the board up and going.
Setup went essentially okay as far as Windows/Drivers installation went, but there were a few problems worth mentioning as far as the system was concerned after everything was installed and ready to be tested. The first is the motherboards lack of CPU Hyper-Threading detection that no matter how I set the BIOS, CPUID only showed one CPU in its identification instead of the two logical cores seen on all Intel CPU featuring HT technology. We tried five different CPUs and reinstalled Windows three times and still the same error. The second problem lied in the CPU fan shutting off for no reason in the middle of operations causing a heat error. We were able to flash the board and get it to work and finally finish the tests, but the road there was not an easy one. Overall, the BIOS itself is user intuitive and offers no challenge to the user who reads his manual and pays attention to details when altering system settings. Things like disabling onboard devices such as the embedded audio or LAN may be required if using discreet solutions like the Creative Audigy cards or other PCI alternates like the Linksys wireless LAN card. Reading the manual is always the first best step you can take before working with any board as it tells you what setting do what in the BIOS and where everything is located, allowing you make an informed judgment before tampering with your systems vitals. An ounce of prevention equates to a pound of cure.