Summary: Maybe it's because of the new socket type, but this board will not accept (no holes)/does not need a back plate to connect the CPU cooler. Now there are 4 screw holes around the CPU where you screw in the cooler, assuming your cooler has the correct screws. I paired it with an Antec H2O-620 cooler that came with the required Socket 2011 thumb screws and it was way easier to install than the back plate style hook ups.
Pros: This board is well laid out (PCIE, RAM) and has lots of fan connectors. It came with the newer BIOS so it worked with the 3820 CPU I bought. I updated the BIOS to 1.5 as well, its pretty slick. The documentation is good and all the little connectors (like front panel stuff) are well labeled on the board.
Cons: The only things this board lacks are the things that don't matter. You can put 32GB of RAM, in quad channel, on this board with it's 4 RAM slots. Why pay more for 8 slots? It can only RAID two SATAIII hard drives, but if you want a 3+ drive RAID setup, shouldn't you get a separate RAID card? The RAM slots on the right of the CPU are upside down compared to the slots on the left. I tried to plug in a DIMM against the notch before I realized this, but the policy of "nev...
Summary: Don't give the board 1 egg reviews because an accident happened, and the manufacture is willing to work with you to get your issue resolved. Be patient, and review the board AFTER you have the proper BIOS.
Pros: This board is FLAWLESS. I was able to successfully slap my i7-3960x and do a temp OC to 4.0GHz while I wait for my H100. Setting up Raid-0 for my SSD's was a breeze, and I'm getting much better read speeds than my old EVGA Tri-SLI board.
Cons: Although I have proper spacing for my GPU's, I'm still limited to only a triple-GPU setup for future builds. I would have liked a LITTLE more Sata ports for my storage, but hey, this thing wont run as a server for more than maybe 4 hours out of the day. I'm fine with what I have.
Summary: The BIOS issue is handled very quickly via ASRock tech support. I spoke with a tech on the phone and he confirmed my serial/BIOS version and overnightted me a new BIOS chip that would allow me to boot with the new i7-3820
Pros: No complaints, working fine now. USB fast charger is nice.
Pros: Got this with the 2011 3820 as a package deal for $515 with the combo savings. Just a fabulous motherboard. The clear CMOS button is on the outside so you can experiment with the clock settings and reset with out a thought.
Cons: Absolutely none. This board got great reviews from every official review I could find. You could pay double and increase performance, what, 5%- 7%? This board is a steal.
Summary: I'd be wary buying from ASRock. Also during the RMA process they said they hadn't gotten my check to repair my motherboard, when they clearly cashed my check. I even sent them screenshots of my bank account proving that they did cash my check.
Pros: Works... for a while.
Cons: Motherboard died in 30 days. Took a little more than three weeks from ASRock to get a replacement (partly because it was Chinese New Year and the whole office in California decided to take a one-week break). They don't really do phone service. As you can see from the website (http://www.asrock.com/index.us.asp) their phone number is not listed ANYWHERE. I had to do a search in google to find it and I found it in a computer forum:
Summary: Make sure you update BIOS to latest version 1.5. ASRock made overclocking easily, Load EZ Turbo 4.0, 4.2, 4.4 ....5.0Ghz and done. Make sure you have a good cooling. It has only 4 memory slots and to be honest, it is plenty. 16Gb of RAM on QUAD Channel is the best option. Make sure you have USB Flash ready with SATA drivers during Windows 7 setup because it doesn't recognize SATA controller.
Pros: This is great motherboard. For the price and performance incredible deal. Layout is great, and OC capability amazing.