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Pros: Loaded with features found on much more expensive boards. Dual Bios as well as an on off switch on the Motherboard is a real plus. Basically you can test the board out before breaking down an old computer and installing this board. The bios is feature packed and straight forward. Overclocking in the BIOS is a breeze. If you overclock do it there and not with the software they provide for Windows,
Cons: System fan connections are at the far end of the board so if you have a three pin case fan you may need an extension. The Sata cables are set up so getting the cables plugged in is not easy unless you plug them into the board prior to installing the board. Another user mentioned about the USB keyboard not working until the drivers were installed, I had the same problem but did have an old PS/2 keyboard.
Other Thoughts: Gigabyte support is fantastic. I was careless and bent the CPU pins when I was installing the back plate for a Coolermaster EVO. I sent the board back , because I also had a broken CPU pin they installed a new CPU socket for no charge ! If you get the Black screen the simple way to fix it is to just clear the bios with the CMOS_SQ button. You can also try and boot off the secondary Bios. Both come in handy especially if you crash the BIOS because of a failed overclock.
Reviewed By:musicman,1/30/2015 2:59:35 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: This is my 5th ASUS board and really like everything about it. Started and ran with no issues... ran perfect ...until
Cons: After 3 months started having video issues coming out of sleep mode. ASUS RMA'd allowing my to "Advance RMA" the replacement board. The replacement board arrived, obviously used, and defective, would not boot with 2 sticks of memory, A2/B2 per manual. ASUS tech had me install memory in A1 and A2 DIMMs contrary to manual. The board booted and I was assured the B1 and B2 slots were ok. I ordered 2 more sticks of identical memory to make sure and found the board would not boot with any sticks in the B DIMMS. Tried every combo but would not boot. Updated BIOS, no difference. Contacted ASUS again and they will RMA but will not allow me to Advance RMA per their policy which means I have no computer for several weeks while I wait for the 2nd replacement board. I explained to the ASUS rep that I use this computer for business as well as pleasure and cannot give it up for that long, it didn't matter.
Other Thoughts: I have been a loyal ASUS customer for years with everything from pro level monitors, laptops and motherboards. I always felt ASUS was a brand synonymous with quality. After this I'll be looking closer at other brands.
Reviewed By:Jayman,1/30/2015 2:07:40 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Sorry to hear that the mainboard has dead on arrival. ASRock mainboards are fully tested to assure the quality. Unfortunately, due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved. Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box. Clear the CMOS. Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan. Reseat and test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered). Test with onboard VGA. Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power. If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.
ASRock SUPPORT Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp
Reviewed By:Justin G,1/30/2015 1:50:08 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day. Did you find this review helpful?
Worked on the first try, updated the bios which was easy.
The GUI on the BIOS is quite nice and not to flashy as other brands.
Cons: Really wish it had more controllable fan connectors only has 2(1 case fan, 1 CPU fan)
Not sure about the front audio connector but it sounds pretty bad and it didn't before however the sound on the back of the board is simply amazing for a motherboard.
Other Thoughts: I really never cared to much about the board as long as it used solid capacitors and had a decent heat-sink for the VRM I’m in. Not to mention enough for one video card and 4 ram cards. This board does all that.
Reviewed By:N/A,1/30/2015 12:25:07 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Pros: Great for a certain color scheme (obviously) easy to work with for a newbie
Cons: No SLI bridge included
Other Thoughts: So far this has been a great board. It doesn't come with many additional features (i.e. built-in Wifi or BT), but it has otherwise been very easy to work with. The one con was that there was no SLI bridge included in the box, so I had to order one online (which arrived DOA). Minor hiccup though, as my dual MSI 970s are purring like very silent kittens now.
Reviewed By:Porosaurus,1/30/2015 11:44:03 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: This is my 3rd computer build and 3rd Asus motherboard, I have wanted to try other manufacturers but if it ain't broke don't fix it right? I have only had this machine up and running for a day so I can't attest to the long term effects but I will say right out of the box I likes this board. Set up was nothing out of the ordinary I was a little worried about the HUGE! Cooler Master Evo heat sink I picked out (I didnt realize it was a 120mm fan on its side haha) and if it would allow me to fir RAM in the 2 closest DIMMs to the CPU but, while snug, they do fit (GSkill Ripjaws 4) with no problems. There are, what seems like, a million 6 GBps SATA connectors and after doing some research I still cant quite figure out which ones go to which bus and what not so I hust kept switching my SSD drive from port to port until it recognized it as a boot device. I'll address that later. Works great, cold boots in probably 15 seconds to desktop which isn't bad. RAID feature works well, kinda hard to find the setting (had to use the manual). And one thing I didn't realize, is the thing has like a pseudo TRON LED light strip near the PCIe slots which gives it a nice finishing touch.
Other Thoughts: I have not tried the OC features yet but from what I have read and digging through the BIOS it seems pretty intuitive and cant wait to give it a shot.
Reviewed By:Logan,1/30/2015 9:48:21 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.