This is an M-ATX board, not ATX (shorter). Other than that, good buy
9 November 2013
Summary: I bought this not realizing it was the 'm' or MATX model and not the normal ATX. So I lost a PCI-E slot (no gib deal) and some fan connectors (which would have been nice). My only complaint against the board is the lack of three pin fan connectors but thats not that big of a deal.
Summary: this is the core of my rig. it has been a month since assembly without any issues. my main reason for choosing this mobo is that it has good spacing between the ram slots and the cpu. thus allowing installation of big after-market cpu coolers like the cm 212 evo presently installed.
Summary: I've been searching for a replacement motherboard for my Alienware Aurora R3. The board works perfect and runs windows 8 smoothly and it is compatible with my alienware case. I'm currently using a Celeron G540 CPU and a single 4GB DDR3 Corsair Dominator RAM and I will upgrade these two soon.
Summary: I put a computer together which consisted of an Intel i3. I had built a comparable computer with an Intel motherboard as well. the one with the Intel motherboard was incredibly fast. the Asrock was slow. yes, I know i3 is slow, but it should at least be faster than a core 2 duo.