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'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.
Summary: This is a solid motherboard with great look and to top it all off it has all the bells and whistles of 200 motherboard I was exceptionally please with the accommodation for high-speed sata connection a USB 3 interface and a upgraded pci interface The only thing that irritates me is when I typed in asrock extreme three gen 3 (the one that supports 2 video cards) amazon brought me to this model which unfortunately does not so if you plan on cross firing look somewhere else...
Summary: This was a really nice little motherboard and for the price you can not go wrong, but if you are looking to do some heavy over clocking you are going to want something a little better. The z68 chip set is awesome and the board looks cool in your case. I used it for about two months and sold it for something better (Asrock Extreme 4 Gen 3) so I could push by over clock further.
Summary: The ONLY negative point I have is that it would not run the 32GiB G. Skill memory set I bought to use in it. It recognizes all 32GiB. However, Memtest86 finds frequent errors, always in the same few bit locations. Switching the modules around produced the same result. I have no interest in overclocking or non-standard operation, and left everything at default. The memory test can be successfully run with either set of two 8GiB modules, but not with both.
Nice motherboard, nice overclocking, just built in sound is a bit noisy
Rocket Scientist, Amazon
27 December 2011
Summary: It has several overclocking presets built-in bios, so you don't have to mess with settings by yourself. You just let it do the trick, and it pushes out max of your K series processor. My i5-2500k with this motherboard was easilly overclocked to 4790mhz, which I find very respectable. The only drawback is high level off standby hissing, noticeable from audio output of this motherboard.
Summary: I had a lot of trouble with the network under Ubuntu when I first installed the board. I wiped and re-installed a fresh copy, and my connection would be either very slow or non-existent. I re-installed again with the same problem, and tried numerous fixes you can find around the internet with no real success. A third re-install somehow magically fixed everything and I've experienced almost no problems since.
Pros: The features I need/want at a very reasonable price.
Cons: UEFI can't handle my USB Logitech mouse at all. Not that I need a mouse to use it.
Pros: Very nice motherboard with many features. Memory bandwidth seems less than with Foxconn boards....
Cons: I made the huge mistake of allowing the software that came on CD to install everything. It installed many many worthless software packages, and when I tried to uninstall some of them with the Control Panel, it left my system unable to boot! This wasted hours of my time having to reinstall Windows 7 Pro.
Summary: Pros: - Supports PCI-E 3.0 - Well-made BIOS that is easy to use - Nifty features like faster LAN, USB and Apple product charging Cons: - Only one PCI-E slot (so not SLI or Crossfire) - Does not support Ivy Bridge without a BIOS update (that means getting another CPU) For the price of £70, it has everything you expect with a mid-end motherboard; but if you plan on supporting a dual-GPU system or using an Ivy Bridge processor expect to dish out more for other motherboards.
Summary: Bought after positive reviews on Reddit/buildapc - I didn't need to SLI/Crossfire so this board suited me. Currently running with an overclocked i7 2600k - UEFI Bios is a dream, overclocked to 4.4 with no problems. Enough connections for HDD,SSD (SATA 6GB/s) and GTX 570 SC. The only drawbacks would be SATA connection positioning and 8pin power connector preventing top radiator installation. Overall - Good value for money.