Summary: I purchased this motherboard quite a while ago and got it around March last year, and i decided to make a small review of it. Although it offers a number of interesting features and had an acceptable performance (being able to control most things on the PC like the RAM frequency/Fan Control/ Voltage Control for future OC is a good thing) the Mobo died around November for unknown reasons (while the temperature was an issue initially, i got a very sweet cooling system).
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. The included software is 'bleh' but the ASRock motherboard utility that lets you OC, set fan speeds, etc is awesome.
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. one thing that i noticed and researched is that the mobo do not beep once to indicate a successful post. it only beep when you enter the uefi bios. i like this new bios format.
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. Its been months now since I bought it and still works with no problems. Its a great board for a neat price.