Summary: This H77 board was a great find. I used this with an i3-3245 for my little brother for school and light gaming and the system has been rock solid. As another reviewer noted, the driver disc does have some bloatware - I'd stay away from the chrome and adobe reader installer. But there were a few software overclocking utilities, which were nice. The graphical BIOS was pretty sweet too.
Good motherboard with a flexible BIOS and zero issues so far
U. W. Radu, Amazon
18 November 2013
Summary: Bought this for my personal home development workstation in conjunction with a 240GB SSD and 16GB of RAM along with a compact desktop case. I'm reusing a Sandy Bridge i3-2100 from a previous system since my work is much more RAM than CPU intensive. For the OS I'm running Linux Mint 15 KDE 64-bit, which was probably the fastest install ever. Boot times are about 4-5 seconds max, on average the POST takes longer than Mint getting to the logon prompt.
Summary: This is a very easy board to use. The user manual makes it easy to connect all your devices and case wires. I love the 2 PWM 4-pin fan headers (CPU & Chassis). Although I used this board to build a silent general office PC, I can see how it would be great for a HTPC build too (I love the CIR header capability, but did not use).
Summary: Great board for HTPC. Matched this with INTEL I-3 and 8 gig ram, downloaded latest drivers from As Rock website, computer was up and running and watching movies within the hour. Easy board to work with if you are a novice to building your own computers. Will game decent, but if you are a hard core gamer you probably want to go with a larger board.
Summary: I'm very happy with this motherboard. Good price, documentation is good, no problems with drivers, installation was uneventful. Boot times are great! From a cold boot to being fully logged-in to Windows in 17 seconds. No more need to place PC in hibernation or sleep mode. I received this motherboard the 'next day' by using Amazon's 'Local Express Delivery' for about 10 bucks. Great deal but only available in about 10 cities which are near their distribution centers.
Summary: I had purchased this motherboard with the intent of using it to replace my current HTPC. The board is advertised to have a fully functional PCI Express slot. What you do not find in the product description, or the AS Rock documentation, is that this PCI Express slot is only limited to graphics cards. Any other PCI Express card is not supported and even if you try and put such a card in the slot it will show as empty in the UEFI BIOS.
Summary: Pros: No drivers to install - everything worked out of the box USB3 & eSATA port on back plane Good range of video & audio connector you could need Note: No wifi on board - I prefer using usb wifi since it is easy to upgrade as newer devices becomes available
Summary: I have two of these. Absolutely no issues. I am using an inteset CIR receiver to turn these on or off. Don't forget to plug in the secondary 4-pin power supply connector. It won't boot if you forget it.