Summary: Make sure you download the motherboard's Manual from the manufacturer's website and read it in advance when picking out a MB so you know exactly what you are getting. Normally, I'm better about that, but was unaware of the issues with these SATA3 controllers until recently.
Pros: A decent bargain board, especially for the price tag. A decent amount of ports (USB and SATA) for a Micro Board. Normally I hate micros. Worked out of the box, still working now, and was easy to install. Theoretically, it has some decent CPU support if the BIOS is flashed/updated. I like the BIOS, has a fair amount of options, and made it easy to set up AHCI mode for my Samsung 840 EVO. Simple OC tools, and apparently a Flash utility within the BIOS (I haven't used it...
Cons: Ok, here's why I knocked off an egg: The SATA3 controller is the ASMedia ASM1061 which apparently performs anywhere from 20-25% less when compared to the native AMD and Intel Controllers on other boards (my Z77 Asus board, for example). Had I known this beforehand, I wouldn't have bought it - that was the reason I changed the motherboard out in the first place. I had bought that EVO and put it in a SATA2 board, but decided I'd change it out for SATA3 and get the most ...
Summary: This motherboard has run my budget computer for school for a little over a year now. Haven't seen any problems since the purchase. For the price you definitely cannot beat complain about the cons. If you guys want more features, try buying a motherboard that costs more than $50. I am happy that in the future I could upgrade to one of the FX processors. I've had to do an RMA with another ASRock product and they responded quick and friendly.
Summary: The main thing that lead me to giving this 4 eggs instead of 5 was PATA/IDE compatibility. This motherboard went into overhauling a pretty old (~2005) machine with upgraded internals. To keep the cost down, I still wanted to use the ol' DVD RW IDE drive. I know for a fact this drive works but with the old drive in the computer would intermittently fail to pass POST.
Pros: Right away this board has a lot of good things going for it: USB 3.0, plenty of USB 2.0 ports, CIR support, good price and a great layout.
Cons: SATA III (6Gbps) is based off of an auxiliary chip instead of using a southbridge with one built in. Using the auxiliary chip can sometimes lead to slower speeds and weird compatibility issues. I would absolutely use the SATA II over the SATA III for your boot drive. I would only use the SATA III if I ran out of ports. Ideally, I would just like to see all SATA II.
Summary: ASRock's products, over the course of building more than 20 budget builds in the past 4 years, have not failed me yet. This debacle is truly staggering. Whether or not they claim support on any CPU doesn't seem to matter. Whether it REALLY supports it seems to be up in the air, and you have to find out yourself.
Pros: When it did work, it seemed to do exactly as it should. BIOS was pretty standard, layout was pretty standard, performance was pretty much as expected.
Cons: From what I've seen, this is completely unbelievable. ASRock until now has not failed me, and considering all of the reviews already present here... I have a feeling there is some [KEYWORD] indirect fraud going on here.
Summary: PCI-e bus is only a 2.0, but it's compatible with 3.0 components. This is a good board for just about anyone that doesn't care about multiple GPUs, then again, most MicroATX boards don't support that anyway.
Pros: Good for overclocking
Cons: No support for FX-8350 CPU (as of BIOS 1.30)
Pros: solid build, good capacitors, oc ability, onboard video with dx9, works well with windows 7, supports am3 series aswell and here's my build
Cons: not sure if its my cpu *a AMD FX-4100* but my internet is super slow when i open google chrome but when i use the internet on my laptop its super fast. unsure whats wrong but i feel that its the chipset.
Summary: All in all, I love this motherboard, but that very problematic disk can cause a lot of headache if you can't nail down what caused the problem.
Pros: Where to begin? This is an excellent little mobo, well laid out for its form factor and supporting most of the features you'd expect from ASRock. The space around the CPU socket can accommodate larger blocks with ease, and the connectors are well-labeled. It has onboard USB 3.0 (sweet) and two Sata 3 connectors, which I aim to fill in the future. The BIOS is solid and functional, and I have no complaints as to the hardware.
Cons: The software bundle is another story. Though everything else seems functional, I'll say this. Do NOT install the C++ Redistributable from the CD or anything you could easily get from parent sites. I had to roll back my OS three times and reinstall once before figuring out what was causing the problem. It's a silly little issue, but just use the driver cd for the LAN and USB 3.0 driver, and get the rest from their respective sites.
Summary: BIOS sets some unusual speeds and auto settings for the CPU and RAM (I don't over-clock). I had to set the speeds for my RAM and CPU manually, but that really wasn't a big issue. Just keep it in mind if you're not wanting to void any warranties. Overall, the build went more smoothly than most. I've had the board for 3 months now, and considering the price, it was well worth it.
Pros: Excellent price for the features. Some of the included utilities are nifty and useful. Put in a SATA III SSD, a FX4170, and 8GB RAM: no problems and great performance without over-clocking.
Cons: The usual problems with out-dated drivers, driver conflicts, etc., during build, but was able to resolve all issues in one afternoon. Configuring SSD in BIOS was confusing. Also pay close attention to the graphics card you plan to use, as you may encounter problems with the heatsink and caps that are near the PCIE slot.
Summary: Even though it is a micro ATX board, it is not packs too tightly. This board has everything I want on it in a small package. This leaves plenty of room in my case (U3 server chassis) for air flow.
Pros: I have paired this with a AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor and it is working well. I have read that this motherboard and processor combo don't do well. I have been stress testing all 8 cores and they preform fine. I am not overclocking and don't plan to for some years.
Cons: Only two RAM slots and a max of 16GB. 16 GB is more than enough for now and if I even need more RAM, I'll just replace the motherboard. It was inexpensive enough.
Summary: For the price, this board has been working nicely, been doing nothing but heavy gaming and Sony Vegas video rendering with it.
Pros: Great board for the price. Had it for a little over a week now paired with an Antec EA650 (650 Watt) Earthwatts PSU, an AMD FX-6200 Processor, and a 9800 GT 1GB GPU.
Cons: -I was positive it was a problem with the motherboard but I fully resolved it. If you have restarting problems or lock ups with this motherboard, go to the bios and manually set your memory to 1333 if it's 1600 or above speed memory. No problems for 4 days since I did this.