Summary: This is the coolest board I've ever seen with my own eyes. Just wish Intel chips we're competitively priced with AMD. Doesn't work so well for running Mac OS X unless you've got a way to get the broadcom LAN chip to work. Runs excellently with windows and it's got so much red and blue on the IO pannel. This would be amazing with a huge power supply and 3 blazing fast video cards. BIOS screens are very well put together and easy to get around.
Stock bios was OLD (and wonky) - Great board after bios update.
14 April 2013
Summary: I did lots of research before deciding on a Z77 board. I had certain credentials which were very important in my build. 1) I wanted something with a black/red color scheme for aesthetics. (while not important, I'm OCD about things matching). 2) The VRM heatsinks around the CPU socket (more specifically ABOVE the socket) couldn't be real large or they would run into my fans attached to my XSPC RX360 Radiator in the top of my Cooler Master HAF-X.
Summary: Installation with windows 7 not as smooth as expected since some hardware was not recognized. Updated to Windows 8 was a bit smoother but not perfect. The board had to be replaced due to suspected power surge but have not been able to confirm. Performance as a multimedia server is pretty good.
Summary: Gives everything you could want, even the very weird and now dead floppy and IDE ports! If you have socket 1155 still and see no need to change your CPU, you can't really go wrong with this board!
Summary: People overlook, or just ignore ASrock and their fatal1ty products, and their reasons always seem to boil down to the fact that they aren't a well enough established brand to take a gamble on. I recently had to replace my previous mobo, the amazing Asus P8Z line that I don't have a bad word to say about, and instead of going with that I know and trust, I decided to try a different flavour.
Summary: I know this is meant to be a gaming board but I use it for my Windows Home Server for extra storage. 3 x 2.5" HDDs and 7 x 3TB and 4TB HDDs I have in there. No Bios settings needed changing - all drives detected off the bat. BIOS seems very intelligent as well. Example: 1. I first connected my SSD into the wrong caddy on my backplane (StarTech 2.5" 4Bay Removable Mobile Rack Backplane) and so it just went into the BIOS automatically since there were no drives available.