Pros: Used this in a build for a friend of mine; She bought parts and brought them to me for assembly. She has reported no problems as of now. Installation went smoothly and the board and other components worked almost perfectly (problem with Windows recognizing 4TB drive as a 4TB drive). None of the recent horror stories reared their heads during the testing I did. I didn't mess with the overclocking options in this board as she doesn't need massive performance out of it. ...
Cons: the Xfan didn't seem to work, but side vent case fan blows right onto the heatsink so it's not a major problem
Summary: Many users have reported problems with back USB 3.0 ports and Ti driver. Here is the solution: Go into the Device Manager and locate the Texas Instrument USB 3.0. Open the Properties of this driver, and make sure the Power Management is turned OFF! I can't stress this more strongly (it is ON by default).....while running Win 8, it will shut off the USB 3.0 ports by mistake, thinking you want power saving!, and then your ports do not work anymore!
Pros: Solid 12-2 power design, quality components, fan for South Bridge, Stability is very good if you set memory to XMP, then work to overclock from that point. This board can do great things, but use Win 8 and you will be fine.
Cons: Skimpy manual, motherboard diagram tiny, Do NOT install Asrock overclocking software......it will cause all sorts of problems. For that matter, do not install any of the fast USB, fast RAM, it is NOT for this board if you are running WIN 7 or 8. These utilities are designed for the XP 32-bit operating system. Many users have made mistake by installing these while running 7 or 8, and they will not do you any good. Do a clean install and install only minimum drivers nee...
Summary: In response to the manufacturer response on my previous review, perhaps ASRock should keep troubleshooting "tips" for its customer support and stop attempting to shift blame to those who bought their products and experienced defects. I spent a large amount of time troubleshooting any and all issues I had with all of my hardware- which is a fairly extensive list- over the course of 8 months.
Pros: When it was working, it did everything I needed it to and at a nice price.
Cons: I had several issues with this mobo. The first one I had would not accept 8 dimms of memory without crashing. I sent it in to ASRock, which gave me a new one at no cost. That one did not have any issues with the memory. For a while, it worked fine, even with a pretty hefty load of hardware including 4xSSD on a PCIe RAID card, decent AMD graphics (running 5 monitors), 3 internal HDDs, 2 external HDDs on USB, external Soundblaster on USB, PreSonus Firepod on firewire, a...
Summary: Own 3 of these boards. Bought 2 boards year and half ago and never had an issue. The only issue I had with the older boards was that the bios was out to date and when I upgraded from sandy-bridge E to ivy-bridge E cpu it wouldn't post and I couldn't figure out why. Reviewed bios release notes and quick bios update and it booted just fine afterwards. The old boards have been running 24/7 no issues and no restarts.
Pros: - Easy overclock settings - Board layout and design - Reliable no issues
Cons: - Some unnecessary software you don't need to install that all manufacturer likes to include
Summary: The error shown above can be manifested on any system, but it is hidden, and certainly will not show up with Windows OS. I suggest running prime to test the board while checking the result of each run. RMA with ASRock can be a nightmare unless you have a dedicated secretary to follow up on the case. I get none, hence I threw this board in the garbage.
Pros: Put in a system lightly used for about two months. Past two months this board failed giving hardware errors (see cons below). I run Intel Fortran, ifort, and started to see strange results. It was hard to diagnose and point to the hardware causing the error. I swapped CPU and still get the same error. I set the kernel in debug mode to find out the errors showing by the hardware. Swapping the board with another of the same resolved the problem.
Cons: [Hardware Error]: MC2_STATUS[-|CE|-|-|AddrV]: 0x940000000000017a [Hardware Error]: Bus Unit Error: EV error during data copyback. [Hardware Error]: cache level: L2, tx: GEN, mem-tx: EV
Summary: I can't be of any more help for those that wish to purchase this item. It holds the the following without issue upon installation (Linux system): --i7-4820K --EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB --G.SKILL RipjawsZ Series F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL --HT | OMEGA Claro Halo
ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Michael W., Newegg
23 July 2014
Pros: solid motherboard that ive been using for over a year plus now. the GUI for the bios is pretty easy to follow and understand and updating the bios for it isn't to difficult either.
Cons: when installing you have to be careful on where to plug the hard drive into as it will work in any slots but some are geared for extra USB slots and it takes the system a tad longer to boot up. tho that's labeled just something to be cautious of.
Pros: Onboard fan is not just some gimmicky thing. I worried it would have a shrill noise or essentially do nothing. It's relatively quiet and keeps the chipset cooler than the mb it replaced which just had passive heatsinks. This was a mAtx build so overall cool temps were important to me in the tight space. I hate to say it, but this was the only real pro.
Cons: Very unstable. Esata doesn't work at all. The software bundled causes bsod as other reviewers have mentioned. Fails to boot after working for a week to a month like clockwork. I've tried reinstalling win7, win8. Used two different ssd's and a mechanical hard drive. I've basically swapped in and out every piece of hardware I have laying around. This motherboard is just unstable and it's a shame because it looks great and had all the features I wanted...it's just that n...