Summary: Would have been nice to have a 1x slot above the top 16x slot for a RAID or audio card. I understand this would have messed up the overall slot placement, but the 2 slots for the top card kind of make up for it still giving the availability of 3 cards together.
Pros: High quality board for the right price. I have been able to run 3 GPUs on this board, each with exceptional OCs, while having my 3960x running 5GHz under water and running 64GB of RAM at the same time for some serious benching. The board held up better than I thought it would and is still running to this day.
Cons: VRM heatsink too small for the load of an overclocked hex. The power phases themselves can handle pushing a 3960x at 5GHz, but you need to put a fan on the heatsink so they don't cook. Kind of disappointed seeing higher end Z87 boards with fans on the VRM but X79 got gipped. I suppose any real overclocker or enthusiast will be prepared for this anyways. So no eggs knocked off for that.
Pros: Price of this board at the time was my main reason for purchasing this board. Price of this board at the time was my main reason to almost NOT buy the board. I have never purchased a motherboard this cheap before now, and I am extremely happy with the performance of this board overall. 98% of the people that are having problems with this board, need to check for a short between their seats and their keyboards, cause chances are the problem is YOU, but instead of admit...
Cons: None. This board Works great. If you get a defective one, remeber it does happen, it has nothing to do with the company, trust me. I've had to RMA a $500.00 board 3 times before finally getting a properly working board, so even the big leagues have problems too, and when spending that kind of dough on a board, you would expect alot less problems.
Pros: Dr Debug on this board makes installation almost dummy proof. For those with dead ram slots, I suggest reading the manual to understand the layout of the slots and the order in which sticks need to be placed. Everything on this board works perfectly.
Pros: Low price, 2oz copper (feel the weight), 8 DIMM slots, nice fan on the X79 heatsink, great BIOS, I think that this is a high quality board that is working for me as I expected it to. LGA 2011 offers serious OC potential. ASRock tuning utilities work very well.
Pros: I am a video editor and decided to go the Xeon route for my next edit system. I'm using this Mobo because it has the PCI-E3 which I just enabled with my new GTX-680. My last system died in an overheat (oops) so I wanted something that would stay cool. And it has room for 64 gigs of ram. and UEFI is was cool!
Cons: Like others, I immediately had a problem with freezing. No BSOD's which I thought was really odd. I was pulling my hair out trying to solve it because it seemed so RANDOM. I want to thank the other reviewers who mentioned voltage. I did some research and was unable to fully adjust my voltage myself (being just an average techie haha). But what I did find was that Speedstep was enable in the UEFI. A quick readup on it made me think that it's really not worth having ena...
Pros: Easy to Overclock; UEI is a little smoother than my old 990FX Extreme4 (although very similar).
Cons: Definitely nitpicking, but CPU voltage runs about 0.01 low consistently. This is better than being inconsistent, at least; but when you're fine tuning voltages, it would be nice to have them line up. No big deal, just raised the CPU voltage to 1.28v to get 1.268v.
Summary: ASRock's technical support seems to be non existent. I emailed them a question on memory support and 2 weeks no response. I hope I do not have to deal with a dead board sometime down the road, I am not looking forward to dealing with this situation. Gigabyte has been very good in that regard.
Pros: Very feature packed board. (Relatively) Low entry cost for X79 with 8 DIMMs,
Cons: I Have not used the board enough to fault anything so far. One con that comes to mind was lack of color coded memory slots like on the other boards makes one refer to the manual to read the slot positions.