Summary: this was my 3rd build. When I booted up...the boot screen didn't work with my new wireless keyboard or mouse. plugged in an old p/s keyboard....to get into the Bios ...and couldn't do a dang thing in there. Nothing...nada..zip. Pulled my hair out which was hard to do since i'm bald. Sent the darned thing back. Going back to Gigabyte.
Summary: The ASRock mobo is a solid, reliable motherboard. This Model replaces the 880GM-LE. It has some new features, and performs well. For those who are not aware, ASRock was a subsidiary of ASUS. They now are in direct competition with them. They are third largest MOBO maker, behind ASUS and Gigabyte. I have built many p/c's over the years with their MOBO's and they do the job at a good price.
Summary: I am just going to tell you the only bad thing about this motherboard is that you can only install 1 graphics card in it.... 8gb of ram is just more that enough for gaming because I have no seen any game that uses more than 3.5gb of ram. Another thing is that even if the computer is turned off and the power plug is plugged then the motherboard delivers power to the usb ports...
Summary: It may support and 8-core processor, but that does not mean that it can handle it. I'm pretty sure my AMD 4.0 GHz 8-core processor can handle Fallout 3, but it freezes constantly!! The motherboard has clocked down my processor and I did not like that.
Summary: I didnt have any problems with mine, recognized hard drives and installed win 7. Matched up with an athlon II x2, for a nice affordable media pc, compares well to the core2 duo system it replaced.
Summary: I got this as a temporary replacement for an old ASUS M4A78T-E that decided to try and catch fire, burning out 3 voltage regulators and the southbridge when attempting to power on with my new 7970. It worked with my Phenom II X4 955, 4gb DDR3 1600, HD 6870 system for awhile until the new replacement came in. Currently still running flawlessly in a new system I built for someone. Lots of USB ports on the back, even more USB headers on the board itself.