Summary: This mini itx is really good for people who want to set up a small factor pc, but be aware that it is not possible to mount a low profile cooler (such as my noctua NH-L9i) due to the capacitor located on top of the pci-E slot. Other than that it is a really good product.
Summary: i got this for its 8-pin cpu power feature and dolby audio plugs (that i'm honestly unlikely to use) if you are windows only, this is a great board- all drivers come with to install. if you are of the habit of putting the disks aside in favour of getting the newest ones one line you will be stuck; you have to install the dravers in the first place to go online! i like to jump into ubuntu from time to time using usb installs. just as well i did not put it on my hardrive.
Top board but it does not come without a few problems.
Yiddo85 "Yiddo85", Amazon
17 November 2012
Summary: This is an excellent board. The features are very good in regards to speed and overclocking. I wont go into too much detail but will link my build here. There are 2 main bad points. Be warned. 1. The CPU socket is very close to the PCI-E so you will have trouble with most aftermarket coolers. The Zalman CNP9900 MAX as per my review fits perfectly. 2.
Summary: This motherboard is fast! POST time is incredibly quick with Windows 7 starting to load up in seconds. Since I bought this as part of a HTPC build, I'm using an Intel G540 CPU at stock, 4GB RAM, Samsung SSD and 2TB of WD Green. It's perfect for my needs.
But as mentioned in the other review, the CPU socket is pretty close to the PCI express slot, so you will be limited with heatsink options. Apart from that I haven't had any other issues with the layout of this board.
Summary: this board is nice, has loads of features, i have oc'd my 3770k to 4.6GHz @ 1.28v and i have oc'd my sammy green to 2133MHz @ 9-10-10-21-1T BUT the layout is just awful.
1) if you plan on having a GPU you will not be able to have an aftermarket air cooler or you will be very very limited in choice due to the socket being so close to the PCI-E. i had to use the stock retail cooler for a while then i bought an H80.
Summary: Been running this 24x7 for about 2 weeks in a Mini Windows Hyper-V server with a Core i5 3470S and 16GB Corsair Value ram, really pleased with it so far. Love the UEFI/GUI style bios, and its pretty easy to find all the settings although I am not overclocking/tweaking. I did actually UNDER-clock this to save power and most timing/multiplier settings etc are there, it never gave any problems.
Summary: This board ticks almost every requirement you could want from a higher-end ITX system. The price is a bit steep, but comparable to similar ITX offerings. My only criticism is that the CPU socket has been positioned very close to the PCI-e slot. This is not a major problem for me as the Intel HD4000 should be sufficient for my needs, BUT if you are planning on adding a Graphics card or tuner card etc you may run into difficulties if you are using anything other than the...