Summary: This board seems to be pretty hit-or-miss in terms of reliability. I seem to have gotten lucky with a board that has gone nearly 4 years without any problems - almost - I did have a major problem with it where it would hang and fail to post once, and only once, a day.
Pros: All the bells and whistles you could want
Cons: RAM slots very close to CPU - reduces selection of aftermarket coolers you can use BIOS can behave strangely
Summary: this was the 2nd ASRock board i purchased. the first was their B-model which ended up doing exactly what this model did. i purchased both for the LGA 1155 slot, and although the Z77 has had great reviews in the past, there seem to be a stream of bad reviews coming in.
Pros: lots of fun features/software. a sturdy board.
Cons: ports end up dying. power consumption seems wasteful.
Summary: I was running this board with windows 7 64 bit and it gave me nothing but trouble. I got all these random weird errors. BSOD, random programs crashing, and i think the weirdest one is the inability to right click on programs in the system tray.I would get a message one time that said a file was...
Pros: It didnt catch on fire and melt my face or start eating babies.
Cons: Everything else. Okay thats a little vague but its seriously too much to list.
Summary: I've had this motherboard for almost two years and from the start it's been giving me problems. Two of the USB 3.0 ports were not functioning from the start, and then I started to get the error code 55, and the computer would not boot.
Pros: None that I can really think of
Cons: two USB 3.0 ports not working, constantly gives error 55 and won't boot
Summary: The first one of these I got rebooted every few minutes, the usb 3.0 did not work. Make sure you have memory that is listed, some of the older memory will not work even when it is good. I went from 4 2 gig to 2 4 gig and that fixed the memory issue that windows was tossing.
Pros: This board worked right out of the box. At least this one does not reboot time after time like the first one I ordered. So yay me! I was able to keep my ivy bridge h2 chip, and did not have to spend another 300 bucks.
Cons: This board is picky about what memory it uses. I had some old 1333 corsair memory part number cm3x2h1333c9b4 that I used in other computers over the years, it is good memory but this board hated it. I replaced the memory with some kingston that was listed and that fixed the memory errors I was ge...
Summary: So I took out the 960, and tried using on board graphics. Running web pages fine, playing games boom. Reboot. So I changed power supply to a corsair 750. Changed memory. The only thing I did not change was the cpu.
Pros: works good when not under load, was easy to install.
Cons: Well I put a gtx 960 in it, and went to play games like eq2, wow and so forth, it would reboot a lot. So if you like reading the web fine, but this mother board for playing games was just bad.
Summary: Over all I am very pleased with the performance and cost effectiveness of this board. Form factor was also thinner compared to my last board which allowed for more room for air flow with the cables out of the way.
Pros: This board was pretty much the only one I could find that supports 1155 CPUs' that was still in new condition. It has all the specs that I needed to utilize all of the components I had on my previous board, minus all the gimmicks said board had. BIOS is simpler to use (it came with the latest one...
Cons: At the start, I was having issues with the USB ports not working, but after some research the problems were solved with the drivers I mentioned. It's all part of the learning process, nothing to take away an egg for.