Summary: I bought this board in September to replace a good old Asus board that finally crashed after nearly 6 years of service. This board was a definite downgrade, I couldn't use all my ram, the connections were awkwardly positioned, my surround sound system was incompatible (stereo only) and I wasn't able to easily set the fans to sleep when the computer was asleep. Still, for all it's quirks & faults, it ran, mostly stable, until yesterday. It's now stone dead.
Pros: Socket 775 - hard to find these days Basic board with some rare connectors.
Cons: CPU fan layout prevents rear case fan installation, Only 2 DIMM slots for ram, limits usefulness Awkward cable management for front audio headers. PCI-Express slot for video cards is very crAmped No HD audio for surround sound.
Summary: It's an old MoBo for sure- smoking fast with Windows 8.1 for browsing and casual gamer. Out there is a lot of old hardware collecting dust, you can buy it cheap and build something that might really surprise you.
Pros: Solid MoBo to build a project computer, looks good and works well with most PCI wireless cards. Clean audio and integrated graphics. Easy to use BIOS. Windows 8.1 64-bit Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6600 2 X 4GB DDR3 1066/800 Kingston KVR1066D3N7/4G EVGA GT9400 1GB
Cons: PCIe x1 would not run a wireless card, caused loop restart. Must strictly adhere to the memory QVL if you want 8GB.
Summary: I really like this board. I have two of them running at my house.. both are using the Xeon X5450 processor via the 771 to 775 mod, and both are very solid machines... Each have 4GB DDR3... one has a GTX 550Ti and the other has a GT640 (about to upgrade to GTX 560Ti via household attrition), and both have 120GB Solid State Drives...
Pros: Good buy for the price 771 to 775 mod compatible
Cons: Dual memory, instead of more memory slots only two memory slots (2 of each DDR2 or DDR3)
Summary: Unless their support can provide me with some resolution like updating firmware to fix a known issue, changing a jumper, or simply replacing the entire board at no expense to me I'm done with ASRocks motherboards. This was my first, and probably my last, purchase ever.
Pros: This is one of the few Socket 775 motherboards out there and it is a decent price. For supporting an older generation of hardware, I felt this motherboard fit into a sweet spot.
Cons: Nothing but problems with the PCI-e / Graphics Card (GPU). I rebuilt most of my girlfriend's computer using this motherboard so that she could upgrade from a single-core system and 512MB of RAM to a quad-core system with 8GB of RAM and a video card. She plays PC video games and was wondering why it was crawling. I gave her the GTX 560 out of my computer (working great) and got myself a new card. First boot: black screen. Checked all components: same result. I went thr...
Cons: Had trouble getting this board to boot. For some reason will not boot with my qx6700, but boots perfectly when I install a core two duo E7500. It then does everything it is supposed to. really stable. I just do not know why it will not support my QX6700. Does any one have any ideas
Summary: I installed a PCI USB card to replace the failed USB ports/header. Ditto with the sound card. Time for a new build. I think I'll stay away from ASRock boards this time.
Pros: One of the only micro ATX LG775 boards available. Easy Installation Has been relatively stable for over a year.
Cons: The USB ports and header failed in less than one month.The communication with ASRock went well but since I needed the computer I didn't RMA the board. The sound card had intermittent failures after 1 year. Lately the computer has been shutting down for no apparent reason. Everything is running cool.
Summary: The low audio, and my inability to make the Titan work, are the reasons I gave this only four stars rather than five.
Pros: It was easy to overclock the memory bus to 1333MHz. The board came with SATA and IDE cables, and everything was bundled really nicely. The manual is a well-bound physical book and is pretty thorough, though it does suffer from some minor grammatical translation errors. BIOS updating is incredibly easy, and the BIOS itself is equipped to look for BIOS upgrades on a USB/thumb drive.
Cons: The I/O shield really didn't fit all that perfectly into the case; it's only off by maybe a couple hundred microns, which makes it just enough to be annoying. The audio-out is lower than it should be. Even with powered speakers, I just don't get the level of sound that I should be getting. I could not get an nVidia GeForce Titan video card to work with this motherboard. My Titan works fine in other mobos, and other video cards work fine in the G41C, but they just won'...