Summary: I have been unable to fin fault with this mini-ITX mobo. I was initially concerned with the cramped architecture but heat hasn't factored in to any significant degree, so building out mini cases work well and are an attractive option to the larger desktop/tower needs of other boards. As for ASRock, as a PC Tech, I've built my share of high end systems using top tier motherboards from the likes of ASUS and Gigabyte. They have nothing over this unit.
Summary: I upgraded my otherwise fine motherboard to this board specifically for the fact that it had 6 SATA slots (for a RAID array), 1 mSATA slot (for a boot drive), and a miniPCI slot pre-populated with an 802.11ac Wifi card. This is the only board I could find that had that mix of features. Unfortunately, after assembling everything I discovered that the mSATA slot is shared with one of the regular SATA ports, meaning the total number of drives allowed is 6.
The best in it's class and even outside of its class in my opinion! Most complete and feature rich with excellent practicality!
13 November 2013
Summary: This board is the new standard. All motherboards should have the options that this includes at a minimum. MSATA port + 802.11ac wifi + Bluetooth + much much more in the same package. It's unbelievable what flexibility and compactness can be achieved with this board. All others in it's class fall short in some way. This one doesn't force you to compromise.
Summary: I won't go into a list of features since they are listed in the description. Suffice to say it works well. The BIOS is easy to set up, and easy to tweak, adjust for SSDs, etc. The utilities that come with it make it easy to control everything, including optimizing it for power, standard use or energy saving use. It has a comprehensive set of connectors that should be more than adequate for most users.
The layout is really good and it certainly is a fine example of the ...
3 November 2014
Summary: I got this motherboard for a small server project, mainly because of its 6 SATA ports and an mSATA port. The layout is really good and it certainly is a fine example of the current offerings. 4 stars only because it turned out that the out of the 6 onboard SATA ports 2 are shared -- one with the eSATA and one with the mSATA on the back of the board.
Summary: I paired this with a Cooler Master Elite 120, i3 4130 and a HD 7950. Fitting all this in the case was quite involved but made easier by the sensible layout of the board with easily accessible and decent header/power placement. I took a few drivers off the support CD, particularly for the Wifi card to get me attached to the net but newer ones seem to be available. On that note, the included wifi antenna is a flexible wire leading to a small square collector.
Summary: This is an excellent board for a Mini Server. Probably the best Bios I have seen in a long time and the addition of being able to update the bios directly from te bios screen (provided you have a network connection).
Summary: Lovely board, like the msata slot underneath the main board, installed in a powercool q5, in this case you cannot install a pcie card in the spare slot as the case has no slot at the back of the case, also had to use a low profile fan and heatsink,