Cons: The rest of the store. The motherboard would not boot suddenly, no changes to the configuration just would not boot, it would spin up and then power off, and then spin up. Check the LED code (0x59) error before reboot. Looks like the Bios goes flaky after a year, beware.
Voltage regulator exploded immediately with known-good PS; RMA almost denied
JODY B., Newegg
21 October 2013
Pros: The specs looked good, but I never got to test anything because the board immediately failed.
Cons: A voltage regulator burned out immediately upon trying to turn on the motherboard. This board was replacing a similar almost-new motherboard in a working, known-good system, built from Newegg parts about one month before this board came in (the person needed more PCIe slots than the other board had). An RMA was sent off, and Newegg said it was no good because the pins in the CPU socket were bent (they weren't when we installed it or when it left our door!), but they r...
Summary: -BIOS is not compatible with the display of some HDTVs resulting in a bad case of freezing on post.
Pros: I bought this board on a budget wanting to build a new rig capable of using the at the time new 2nd gen intel i core processors. Since 06/02/2011 I've been impressed overall in the performance of the board given the price.
Cons: -Audio is susceptible to electromagnetic interference (always is) possibly from the board its self (not investigated) but would explain the cons about the audio.
Pros: Inexpensive board that still offers good features. Has the modern essentials (SATA-600 and USB3) and a decent on-board surround audio chip, with the added bonus of digital outputs. Overclocks my i5-2500K to 3.9GHz without issue, and I'm OCing conservatively. Very forgiving when trying to "move" a Windows installation from the prior setup, to this one. ASRock was kind enough to send me a replacement BIOS chip, no questions asked, when my system behaved badly after upda...
Cons: Not really a "con", but a warning: You're in for a world of pain if you have a Sandy Bridge chip, and upgrade the BIOS past their "recommended" latest BIOS. The Ivy Bridge BIOS version(s) render your SB setup practically unusable. I suggest the website say "do not update the BIOS AT ALL past version 1.x if you have a Sandy Bridge chip", instead of "not RECOMMENDED".
Pros: Inexpensive board that still offers good features. ie: I wanted a P67 board but didn't need or want dual graphics capability. Has the modern essentials (SATA-600 and USB3) and a decent onboard surround audio chip, with the added bonus of digital outputs. Overclocks my i5-2500K like the dickens without any issues. Very forgiving when trying to "move" a Windows installation from the prior setup, to this one.
Cons: It seems that I lost the front panel USB (2.0) when bringing the computer out of sleep, once. Had to reboot the computer to get them functioning again, but it hasn't happened since then. It stole me away from the AMD camp I so fervently loved, but I heard the Dark-side had cookies, and I love cookies....
Pros: Cheap, socket 1155, P30 chipset. I've been running a core i5-2400 in this motherboard for almost 3 months and haven't had a problem. Extremely stable, very fast.
Cons: The ONLY downside I've seen so far (and hence the one egg off) is that it doesn't have more expansion slots. A few more PCI slots would be nice. But if you don't need them (as I don't) then it's not a big deal
Pros: Solid motherboard! Has mounting holes for 1155 socket cpu coolers and also 775 socket. Watch out though, the holes for the 775 will slightly rotate the cooler clockwise. Had a Zalman cooler from my previous build but couldn't use it with the 775 holes because the back bracket wouldn't fit. So I had buy a Zalman 1155(1156) bracket to fit the cooler. The board itself isn't quite a full atx it's actually about 2/3 to 3/4 of the width, which I think is cool. It gave me a ...
Cons: Not sure if it's the case or the board itself but after putting the comp together and doing cable management. I hooked up all the connections on the back, and also a USB 3.0 front panel cable that came with the case, tried powering it up and nothing. There was no light to indicate that the board was even powered! I'm used to using Intel boards so there would be a light and also once you connect the power it actually beeps once and spins the fans to let you know you di...
Pros: I'd swear this EFI-based board (rather than old-school BIOS) hits "loading Windows" faster than non-EFI. Also, I bought this one specifically because it puts the SATA ports ABOVE the PCI-Express slots. (My last board put them directly under the graphics card, meaning I could only use 1 SATA port.) Also, USB 3.0 and Sandy Bridge on the cheap!
Cons: The case-audio-port header pins are at the back-bottom of the board, meaning your header cables may need to be long enough to extend the full diagonal length of your case. (I had top-front-mounted audio ports on my case, but the cables were just long enough.)