Summary: On my budget build I have this set up with an i5 2500, 8 GB RAM, and a 6870. Performance exceeds expectations. I've had this for over a year and no hiccups yet. If you're strapped for cash, this is a solid option.
Pros: PRICE! Very few options can compare to this board at this price. Everything ran perfectly right out of the box. USB 3.0/ SATA 3.0.
Cons: At this price point I can't complain. BUT: -There's only 2 RAM slots. -Limited fan controllers -No USB 3.0 headers But at this price, I really couldn't care. It has the essentials covered.
Not paying much, so don't have too high of expectations
TAN N., Newegg
8 January 2013
Summary: Remember... this is an inexpensive board. If I was paying $100 more for this board, the cons listed would have caused an egg or 2 to be deducted.
Pros: H61 chipset with SATA 3. Turns on and booted up the first time.
Cons: the HD audio plug next to a PCI port. Good thing my wireless card has a cutout for it for the connector to the HD audio to clear. More minor is the getting to the BIOS screen, as it doesn't remind you to press F2 or delete, like other systems out there. The thick instruction manual....you only us...
Summary: Just ordered the next step down for a basic desk top non gaming build should be more than good.
Pros: First build picked this and put the "Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core CPU" for a gaming computer for my son. I cant imagine a better build my son was totally frustrated til he got this pc build, now his pc matches his skill level.
Pros: Installed G.SKILL NS (2 x 2GB) and Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge, with Windows 7, loaded ASROCK drivers, and everything works first try. Fast and low power and low cost. Installed NVIDIA PCIE video for low end gaming.
Cons: Of course, no IDE anymore, and I am not using the legacy PCI slots, so I don't know if these are buggy.
Summary: for the money, its a great entry level all around good buy, IMO...
Pros: Works great and was a good deal for what I used it for. It was a build for Mom and she can do all the things she needs and then some. Upgraded her to this with the Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz Plus G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) and the ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB S...
Summary: It's a micro atx, so you have to make sure you take that into consideration while seating and installing the screws. Also, it didn't fire up on first try, but after reinstalling, it became clear the problem was an electrical short (aka, user error) and it fired right up on the 2nd install.
Pros: Pros: Did everything it promised it would. Great value, No-Frills, easy to install