Summary: This is my second board. First one was installed and failed POST! After sending back and waiting almost 2 weeks, replacement board showed up. Installation was no problem and quick. After starting the computer, NO port would work. Had no keyboard or mouse control in normal OS mode.
Pros: Lots of room for expansion Has pretty much every port or expansion slot you would need. Includes 2 SATA cables
Cons: Quality Control - first board had bad capacitors Drivers need to be copied to hard drive BEFORE you swap the board.
Summary: This is clearly a business mainboard. Add a processor with video like the i5-4440 and it is a serious machine. Go a little further and add a discrete video like the AMD R-7 260x and SSDrive to play ANY game you want. At $63 this board is a steal.
Pros: Pretty much the best entry level to PCIe 3.0 SATA3, USB3.0, XMP1.3, no firewire
Summary: A compact, full-featured board for not a lot of money. Would work great for an everyday home or office machine, or even a budget gaming rig. ASRock has a fairly good reputation for reliability in their motherboards, so I am more than happy with this.
Pros: -inexpensive -aluminum organic polymer capacitors- these tend to be much more reliable than traditional electrolytic caps -two graphics card slots AND two PCI slots -uATX form factor allows for a small case -DVI, VGA, and HDMI built-in video -two USB 3.0 slots on the back -7.1 on board audio -ful...
Cons: -meant for single-width graphics cards- a big minus for gamers when most gaming graphics cards are double-width. you could probably still put in a double-wide card, but it would cover up one of the PCI slots. -two RAM slots- not a big deal really. Just get a single 8GB stick and get another later...
Summary: would have been a 1 rating, but does have some redeeming qualities, and am hoping once i get my replacement with no issues, i will edit this review.
Pros: nice packaging, easy to install, looked like a solid board
Cons: Arrived DOA… when we tried to get the computer going, nothing worked… HDMI didn't work, standard hook ups didn't work, USBs didn't work. the computer would just never boot. tried massive troubleshooting (switched ram/harddrives/powersupply) concluded it was the motherboard.
Beware IR receiver users. Does not properly power USB devices while in sleep. EDIT: Might have been power supply
S. Currier, Amazon
14 December 2013
Summary: This motherboard will not correctly power your USB devices while in sleep, including low power devices such as a USB IR receiver. I know this because my receiver will not show a red light when I press the power button on my remote while the computer is in S3 sleep.
Summary: Bought this to repair a Windows XP system. It wasn't hard to get XP to work on the MB, but optimization requires some more skill. I could get the DDR3 1600 RAM to only show 1400 on CPU-Z. The power management ACPI was a little flakey, probably due to how I reinstalled Win XP.
Pros: 1) For Win 7 and 8 but can work w Win XP too. 2) Good video options (Onboard, PCI, PCIe2, PCIe3) 3) Good number of in/outs (SATA , USB etc) 4) Variety of onboard video outputs: HDMI, DVI, D-Sub 5) Inexpensive 6) ASRock bios screens are easy to navigate
Summary: I installed an Intel Core i5-4570S Haswell 2.9GHz on this Asrock B85M-Itx - LGA1150 motherboard with 4g of memory. The computer has an intake case fan operating at very low fan speed of 490. The cpu fan is running around 1100. The computer is very quiet even when streaming a HD movie.