Pros: Has almost all types of connection anyone would need for a reasonable price. Straightforward UEFI interface.
Cons: Out of box, not recognizing Samsung 840 Pro SSD as a solid state drive, instead enumerated it as hard drive which made Windows installer unable to recognize it as a valid boot drive; also ADATA DDR3-1600 XPG 8G sticks, despite XMP 1.3 profile, were timed at DDR3-1333 initially (later corrected itself).
Dead, and ASRock won't even respond to my RMA request
Russell K., Newegg
22 January 2014
Pros: Well, it worked for a bit
Cons: Died after a few months of light use, and ASRock support won't even acknowledge my existence outside of the automated emails confirming that a help request was recieved, even after waiting two months.
Summary: Audio headers do not like the asrock software, don't instal it, the computer will work just fine with out all the "Xfast" stuff.
Pros: Still running strong. In my last review I said that it was just as good as its asus counterpart... that was before the impact was announced. So my bad on that.
Cons: Now, the computer did blue-screen once in its history, although that was several weeks ago, it was quite alarming when it happened. I have not seen a difference in performance since then, and I know it could have been other components, it is just something to be aware of when building a computer, I guess.
Summary: Used with a i5 4670k cpu, in a Node 304 case, using an H90 cooler. No problem with any of the above, all fit and installed just fine (other than I forgot the backplate for the H90 with was a PITA). Also used a Mushkin 240GB mSATA SSD drive with it. Worked fine, no compatibility issues. Put 16GB of Kingston 1600 RAM, no compatibility issues. Only a couple of issues.
Pros: z87, itx, wifi, msata SSD, feature rich
Cons: Windows 7 compatibility issues - Network Drivers
Summary: 1. The front panel header is located right next to where the graphics card goes. due to this close proximity, it it slightly hard to fix a loose wire or change a wire completely if the system is already assembled.
Pros: This motherboard has quite a few features that make it easy to use;
Cons: There are a few problems with the motherboard, but most are minor and only annoying, not anything serious.
Summary: No Virtu, but Virtu is now marketing itself as a licensable annual software package, and the current pricing model is unattractive. I did try the trial version, and while it did improve rendering performance somewhat, it was not worth the up to $80 per year cost. Try the trial yourself and see if it makes sense to you. Virtu was heavily funded by Intel Capital, and was given away widely on Z77 boards, but will be an expensive add-in going forward.
Pros: Well designed layout with good port access and tons of goodies. Wireless AC runs fast with ASUS RT-AC66U. Mini SATA on underside, not blocking upper layout or CPU HSF backplates with enough clearance for adequate cooling. Well shielded Realtek ALC1150 with basic but OK TI NE5532 op amps support 600 ohm phones (drives Beyerdynamics 880 and 990 600 ohm cans with aplomb, although not as well as a dedicated external amp). Excellent BIOS with a clear advancement in feature...
Cons: Just a few minor nit picks: 8 pin EPS near backplane and under most heatsinks is inconvenient, but still not too bad, especially considering everything crammed onto this board. Power regulation not up to ASUS P8Z77I standards, but still quite good, especially for price, so not for extreme ITX overclocks. But this is balanced out against the full array of features, so not really a con.
Pros: Feature set and price. mSata + wireless A/C really rounded this out for me. Headphone amp is a nice plus, though I haven't played with it much yet. Looks nice, and boots about 2x faster than the Rampage IV extreme it's replacing.
Cons: A few nitpicks. The A/C antenna has thin junk wires. Would suggest replacing with direct antennas. Only 2 fan connectors onboard. NO SWITCHABLE GRAPHICS! I was kinda sorta aware of this after I made my purchase, and I'm not sure why they elected to leave it out. Not a deal breaker but was a little disappointed.