Summary: I bought this board to review 2 RAM sets for Bjorn3D.com. I initially was going to sell it to continue using my old board but it was so decent for the money I decided to keep it. It held a better overclock than my previous board, and also overclocked my 8 stick RAM set with the CPU OC which was also not doable on my previous board.
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.
Summary: Having had good luck with AS Rock boards on my last several builds, they proved reliable and had the features I wanted at reasonable price points, I decided that for my new build I'd stick with them. I doubt I could be more pleased with the board itself, the only complaint is the documentation. It seems they recycled the photographs showing various set ups in it from other manuals and they are simply wrong in several instance.
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.
Summary: Like I said, read the manual so as not to set it up incorrectly.
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.
Summary: Have to say that I'm happy to finally get this board for my latest build... The service, getting it delivered was a nightmare and one that I would suggest that Amazon may want to reconsider. Amazon uses a lot of 3-party sources for to fill their orders... I would suggest that those when ordering watch for "Sprinters". It was shipped via UPS, which I'm sure was embarrassed to acknowledge, since they did not want to knock for receipt, but left it on the doorstep...
Summary: Above my expectation, nice design and a nice performance. It also allow me to use my old power supply and allow me to place all my stuff without farther complications. I might be outdated but i didn't like the way the ram is secure, at first when i try to place my rams i though it was OK until i got the beep msg that indicates problems with the ram then i notice that it was not fully inserted in the slot so i push it a little harder till i was sure that it was completely...