Summary: NewEgg Premier helped a lot in salvaging the situation, their Premier customer support expedited the shipping of the replacement board and it allowed me to return the slightly defective motherboard with ease.
Pros: Lots of great features at a good price point
Cons: The first motherboard that arrived was DoA and the second one has an issue with the WiFi but even so the motherboard has a lot of promise.
Summary: I have yet to do a full install with this board due to waiting for the NZXT H440 cases that have been on order since Feb 27th (both white and red versions) as well as the NZXT AIO liquid coolers. I will update after I do a full install and test all the board functions.
Pros: Good shipping from Newegg to FPO/APO.
Cons: Board heatsink pipes had oil residue from handling at the factory when packaged.
Summary: I had to RMA the RAM and was soaked for restocking. I don't blame newegg, they didn't know, but ASRock should have to eat my restock fee for NOT researching their own product. Just make sure you check to see if the RAM you are planning to purchase will work, but NOT on the ASRock "Z87 Extreme9/ac Memory Compatibility" list.
Pros: Great mobo, you can tweak it to your heart's content. Installed without an issue and the bios where easy to sort out and I am new to this. I was worried with all the bad reviews I've seen, but I was lucky, everything works.
Cons: The BIGGEST issue was finding the correct RAM for it. I don't know how ASRock tests their boards, but the "Z87 Extreme9/ac Memory Compatibility" list is a joke. My first mistake was to believe that a manufacturer would know if a component was compatible. The RAM I selected, G.Skill F3-2400C10Q-16GTX, which was on their list, could not of been tested on this board. The mobo only acknowledged 2 sticks at any given time. I thought it was the RAM, but they checked out fin...
Summary: I would purchase this board again without hesitation. I initially forgot to plug a CPU power cord into the socket, which made the board boot and immediately turn off, so I respectfully recommend that you be smarter.
Pros: Once the BIOS is updated, this motherboard is rock solid (running 8.1). Temps stay cool, though I don't overclock and cannot provide information regarding performance settings. Intelligent layout; everything just seems to fit great. Excellent clearances for CPU cooling. I personally put a CPU liquid cooler and later a super-large Noctua cooler on this board with no problems.
Cons: I was unable to get the BIOS GUI to connect to the servers to download an updated BIOS. I was also unable to network configure the motherboard through the BIOS GUI. The USB flash BIOS didn't work for me either. Until the BIOS was updated, the BIOS GUI was unstable. The cable on the wireless antenna is fragile and probably incapable of withstanding pets or chidren. My bluetooth radio is showing a problem, but I'm not convinced that this anomaly is hardware-related.
Summary: Easy installation process, nice slot layout and excellent software bundle. I needed the board to run 3 way sli with galaxy gtx 770s. Installation was a breeze and system is running great. Nice upgrade from P67 board. I really needed more Sata 6 ports and this thing delivers.
Pros: Nice layout, nice bundle, love the usb 3.0/flash reader module, 3-way and 4-way sli capable. Had to return a Gigabyte OC force due to instability right out of the gate. I thought my memory might have been bad but it was just the board. I used all the same components and this one is rock solid stable.
Summary: I read other reviews, but alas I suffered the same fate. The mini-pciex bluetooth/wifi adapter sucks. It sometimes worked, it sometimes didn't. Sent the board back. Also the mobo temp sensor would sometimes shoot up and disappear, or shoot down, then disappear. I'm thinking I probably got a bad board, but for 250$ (Amazon price lags behind current ~190$ price elsewhere) it got sent back.
Summary: For reference purposes I had BIOS version P1.80 (updated from P1.70) as of the time of this writing. Overall this board had the best balance of features for what I was looking for. I took off 1 egg due to clearance issues which may affect some people. Please do your research to make sure your hardware will fit. Still learning but overall I am very happy with it.
Pros: - Build quality seems pretty good.
Cons: Not deal breakers but it bears mentioning as it may affect your build component selection:
Summary: I have a D*nger Den Double Acryllic Glass Case and i have 2 SSD's, 1 PCIE SSD, and 2 HDD. I had to use an adapter module that took up an entire radiator space in my case to house 2 ssd drives. When I saw the dual ssd mounting on the drivebay from Asrock I was ecstatic because I could get rid of that ssd drive module and put another Aqu*computer 360mm airplex modularity with eheim pump/reservoir and provide cooling for my CPU.
Pros: + the only high end Z87 m/b to come up with the most logical and well thought out add on feature to set itself apart from the competition. The 5.25" drive bay with 4 USB 3.0, Bluetooth, and wifi ac 867 mbps adapter, microsd card 3.0 and to top it all off, a dual ssd drive bay. This was the most logical solution of all the competitors out there.
Cons: - did not have the sound core 3D chip for onboard sound.