Great motherboard for an entry level price. (Z77 Northbridge)
Paul D. Yost, Amazon
24 July 2014
Summary: This is a terrific motherboard for the price! Do check out other sites though, as I got mine brand new for $69.00. Also be sure to note that it is not intended for 1150 processors and uses the Z77 northbridge chipset. Also note that it has a maximum memory capacity of only 16 gbs.
Summary: Pros: Supports all my HTPC needs Cons: Unusual fan settings results in a louder than normal HTPC out of the box I put my HTPC together and was dissatisfied at first. The computer was very loud! I quickly learned it was the CPU and case fans blasting at full speed even while the computer was idling. Upgrading the BIOS didn't help. This is unusual and I've never seen a motherboard do that before in my 20 years of system building.
Summary: If you're looking for a decent motherboard to handle your mid-level gaming rig, then this is the one for you. Although you are not able to overclock your CPU with this motherboard, overclocking isn't really a necessity unless you are an enthusiast who is never satisfied......It's a curse.
Summary: Pros: 1) Pretty simple board to setup 2) Good price 3) Overall quality seems good. Cons 1) Don't even think about overclocking it. 2) Bios and drivers are outdated (on website) 3) Software for controlling the MB in Windows is not good compared to ASUS. I bought this board for the price, to keep my HTPC downsize to a reasonable cost. It met that obligation, and it runs great with proper cooling.
Summary: Looks great, has good functionality, and bios is great. I looked at plenty of motherboards before finally choosing this one. I didn't like the blues/yellows/reds and pci slots other motherboards had. Some pros are: 4x pci-e slots (3x x16, 1x x1), black pcb, 4x 6 gbps sata, 4x ram slots, and usb 3.0. It also has plenty of fan headers if you ever need them. It also has support for 2 different sized heatsink mounting options.