2.5 Stars. The Optical and Coax Audio will let you down, and the USB 3.0 gets in the way of a 3rd video card.
John DeVita, Amazon
29 April 2014
Summary: Pro's OverClock OS 3 PCI Express slots. Motherboard has Coax and Optical Sound outs sideways facing SATA allow for large video cards. If they faced up they'd be in the way. Cons 3rd PCI express slot, covers upward facing usb 3 connectioning, meaning it will likely not fit with this card in it Coax...
Summary: I had to deduct two eggs due to the XFast issue and auto port. 5 eggs to Newegg for super fast shipping & excellent packaging with plenty of foam peanuts. Only took 3 business-days to receive this item.
Pros: Well designed, plenty of ports. Easy to use BIOS. Room for my Hyper 212 without touching RAM (had this problem with previous MB). Easy overclocking. Have my FX 8320 clocked at 4.3 Ghz @ 1.375 volts temps stable at 32-40C.
Cons: XFast LAN which is part of the utility driver set sends out ICMP & UDP packets several times a minute (even when not running). Detected this with Peerblock. After some research I found the IP address 126.96.36.199 linked back to cfos software, which is the creator of XFast LAN. Uninstalled XFast ...
Summary: Unwilling to deal with the RMA process after 60 days - will probably buy another board and let this one gather dust.
Pros: Nice layout, pretty motherboard, works with FX-8350 and SLI. Nicest packaging I've ever seen on a motherboard. Prompt shipping.
Cons: After two months of use, board no longer POSTs normally. With no case connectors, after rear CMOS button is pressed, motherboard will post. No debug codes displayed other than the normal POST process. System operates, and will reboot in a normal manner. If system is shut down (powered off), it wi...
Great MB, However, no response from customer service.
Jer "Cavalier001", Amazon
30 April 2013
Summary: This MB has excellent capabilities and options, at a decent price. However, I have experienced an issue with the USB's on this MB. Every time I plug in a new USB powered device like head phones it freezes up all other USB devices like the Key board and mouse.
Summary: I really wish this stick limit wasn't an issue. Otherwise.. very good value.
Pros: All the pros are the specs listed. It overclock memory fine for me at 2100 using Gskill PC 17000. HOWEVER... see cons Fantastic BIOS options for storage, etc. RAID (6 ports). SLI. etc. Is stable.
Cons: I started with 2 sticks totalling 8GB. Great! In love with the board, despite it's odd quirks (noise through audio out on power down)... Worked so well I order 2 more sticks of identical memory.. The machine did not like it. Loading both profiles, playing with voltages, etc. The timings were corr...
Summary: Hopefully a driver download from Etron will fix it.
Pros: Lots of features.
Cons: Latest board I set up for a friend this last week would not post when turned on. After resetting the CMOS it posts fine. USB 3.0 is an issue however as some USB 2.0 devices work and others do not. Having trouble on the front of the case with USB 3.0 and flash memory. I have the same motherboard a...
Summary: I am going to dloanload the latest driver from the Etron website and hopefully the problem is solved.
Pros: Overall this is a very good motherboard. Almost everything has worked flawlessly since purchasing it in feb 2012.
Cons: USB 3.0. The front USB 3.0 is extremely flaky. The only device that works without fail when attached is a Rosewill Wireless adapter. Flash drives sometimes will not eject or they will not be recognized.