Summary: For a budget build, this was good enough.
Pros: Does indeed overclock the pentium G3258, with the 2.30 bios that came with it. Costs half as much as a Z97 motherboard.
Cons: When I let the bios auto-update to 2.40 (through the bios across the internet with no OS installed, which is cool), my overclocking options disappeared! Had to downgrade back to 2.30. With the G3258, this motherboard REFUSED to run any ram faster than 1333 mhz! It would let you load all of the ot...
Summary: I've used this board since haswell came out. It was the best board for the money back then and I'm happy to see it still is the best itx board for the money. When you build as many computers as I do every dollar saved helps with the bottom line.
Pros: I still build computers for customers and I litterally have hundreds of these boards out there with zero issues. I have not had one board DOA or fail out in the field. Great price point for the features and I love ASROCK's driver download page so easy to navigate.
Summary: It has beefed of fan controllers and can throttle even 3 pin fans which is nice if you have a quiet build. Even though it has only one chasis fan header, I used a 3-way splitter and it controls all my case fans just fine. (all 3-pin fans)
Pros: Works great with my Xeon E3-1231v3. To my surprise it says H87M-ITX on the motherboard and has a socketed flash ROM. It still says B85M-ITX in the BIOS but has the updated H87 chipset.
Cons: Placement of the front panel audio and SATA are awkward for cable management. But knew this before I clocked buy.
Pros: For falling out of a mailbox, I'm pretty impressed. It sort of survived, looked okay (ignoring all of the bent pins)but the thing would not work at all.
Cons: I'm disappointed with UPS and how this delivery was handled. While checking if it would POST, well, it wouldn't. The onboard video was not working nor was the pci-e slot. One ram slot was working as well as multiple bent cpu pins. After all this disappointment I had sent it back to newegg for the...
Summary: I actually tried to think of more cons but couldn't. It's a fantastic board and is perfect for a Mini ITX build on a budget.
Pros: Incredibly reliable and durable. It's never experienced any hiccups or problems. Very easy overclock. Paired it with a Pentium G3258 and I have it up and running on 3.8 GHz with an almost one-click operation. Great BIOS layout, very easy to use. A heap of IO ports. Tons of USB, both 3.0 and 2.0. ...
Cons: Brown board color can be a bit off-putting for those with windowed or clear cases, but that wasn't the "case" for me. (anyone? anyone?)
Summary: The PCB is not black, but a dark brown. Noticeable when in a black case, however mine is white. The unit I received had an early BIOS version that didn't support Haswell refresh processors (I had a G3258), so I had to borrow someone else's processor to flash the BIOS, a pain.
Pros: I purchased this board as part of a project to show some of my colleagues that you can build a great looking and performing compact PC even on a budget. This board delivers pretty much what I hoped for, and on sale. -All SATA 3.0 ports -front USB 3.0 capability -Surround sound jacks -overclocking...
Cons: There is an underwhelming 2 fan headers. While attempting to overclock my G3258, applying OC settings and restarting would cause the board to restart 1 or 2 times for reasons I am not sure of. It would then not post until completely shut off and powered on again.