Summary: I have an annoying issue with this motherboard where the network adapter is broken anytime the PC wakes up from sleep. I've reinstalled windows and installed the latest drivers hoping to lick that problem, but it persists. Other than that, it works great. Gaming is issue-free. Data transfers without complaint. Video encoding pummels the CPU but finishes without error.
Summary: I bought this motherboard because everyone said it was an easy way to overclock your Intel CPU. They were 100% right. Took me a day of tweaking to get the OC just right and better than most others could get at the same voltage settings. Now after about 6 months I am having issues with the OC. A couple applications/games are crashing and after I went back to default settings everything is running fine again.
Summary: Bought this along with an i5-2400 for an HTPC build, and have had no problems whatsoever. Great graphical BIOS/EFI configuration interface makes setup easy. The fan control options presented allow for a great deal of fine tuning, which was a selling point for my htpc build as I wanted to keep noise down to a minimum. The inclusion of a toslink port (optical audio out) and HDMI made this a perfect choice for my application.
Summary: The motherboard was great and super easy to work with. The BIOS automatically detected my video card and disabled its own onboard video, which I thought was rad. It has been a great motherboard... My only complaint is the onboard Network Interface Card... it is awful. I can't run tversity without it lagging like a dial-up modem. I had to purchase a seperate NIC card to work around it. Lastly, the onboard Audio is great...
Summary: This motherboard is a pretty decent mobo, it has carries support for the newer 3RD Generation Intel CPU's, but you would need to flash your bios beforehand. For me though, it didn't really matter, since I was going to use the 2500K, in the first place. Another thing to add is that, I love that they positioned the 6 SATA (2 Gray/SATA III, 4 Black/SATA II) on the opposite side of the PCI-e slot, so you don't need to worry about the larger* cards heat sinks covering the...
Summary: The item was delivered in a timely fashion. After assembling my computer I got the blue screen of death. After hours on the phone it turns out the USB3 drivers that came with the motherboard are not compatible. I had to completely disable the USB3 hardware and now the computer works well.
Summary: I'll start by being frank. I'd give this an extra star if it shipped with a BIOS supporting Ivy Bridge. I had to temporarily place a Sandy Bridge CPU in order to flash the BIOS to the latest revision. Supposedly you can write to ASRock's support and ask them to mail you a fresh BIOS chip. Outside of that, I was happy with the layout. The SATA ports were not covered by my GPU, and it has all of the options that I'd want for a stable desktop machine.