Summary: The onboard Intel NIC, will NOT install in Server 2008 R2, I have tried the package on the ASRock website along with the install package from Intel's website without any luck. I am having to use an Intel Gigabit CT Desktop adapter instead. I have tried pointing the onboard to use the network drivers inside the install package to attempt to do it manually, however with no success. I hope ASRock or Intel has a solution to this.
Pros: So far it seems stable, have good onboard connectors, 4 RAM DIMM's, 4 PCI-Express slots, and 6 SATA 3 ports, and a large amount of USB3 ports on the back
Cons: the HD Audio pin connector is in a weird place, and I cannot neatly hide the cable, it has to run straight across my motherboard (Antec Minuet 350 case)
Pros: Looks to have great features, though I never got to try them out.
Cons: I recieved this motherboard with bent pins in the CPU socket as well as a missing screw in the CPU bracket. Upon RMA with newegg, I was told they could not replace it due to "apparent end-user damage". A quick check of ASRock's RMA policy shows that they, too, do not replace boards with physical damage either. What a waste of my money for an item no one will let me return because of bent pins that I didn't even cause...
Pros: Overclocks well and fully featured for a less than full size board
Cons: The BIOS is not organized in a very logical manner and the "flashy" graphics add to the confusion. In addition, there is plenty of room on the right side for settings explanation, I should not have to scan a QR code to get a brief explanation of what the setting is.
Pros: Balanced features, wide range of overclocking settings. Bought with BIOS 1.5 loaded, updated to 1.6 via UEFI Instant Flash was the very first thing I did after putting the system together and everything went well after that. Recognized the 1.35v XMP 1.3 profile for my RAM out of the box. Windows 7 up and installed within 15 minutes. Onboard Purity Audio (Realtek ALC1150 w/DAC & Amp) works amazingly well with my Sennheiser HD595s, better clarity than the X-Fi XtremeMus...
Cons: No independent disk mode control (IDE/AHCI/RAID per drive) in EFI. Not a big deal for me but I've seen it so often with newer boards I almost expected it.
Summary: WARNING: The rebate system is a scam, buyer beware! The fine print at the bottom of the form explains how the scam works. From the time of the invoice you are given 10 days for them to physically receive the papers in their hands. The shipping time for the product to reach you, and the shipping time for the mail system to deliver the paperwork are subtracted from that 10 day total.
Pros: (This is a re-review)
Cons: BIOS highly unstable out of the box (v1.2). Kept freezing continually. The windows BIOS update procedure wouldnt work as after the reboot no BIOS would get installed as it was supposed to be. Had to use the flash from USB stick method which worked correctly. After loading the v1.5 BIOS the system is perfectly stable and no further glitches could be detected.
Pros: Decent UEFI options. Sane layout. Plenty of USB 2 and 3 connectivity. Premium Realtek codec (that is actually quite good). Intel LAN.
Cons: Couldn't get the internet firmware flash to work. I am running wired with DHCP, and Windows picked it up immediately so it's not the equipment. Yeah, this is the only thing I could find to complain about, and it's a feature I'd be hesistant to use in first place.
Summary: Physically... I've seen some warped/bowed boards in my time but this was bad! I measured the the mobo studs and checked mobo tray then noticed how warped from side to side it was. Otherwise i love the look... but looks are not everything.
Pros: Seemingly low Cost for the features... looks great, gold caps sure add to my color scheme. Very easy to set up ram (see below) speeds.
Cons: I finally decided to give ASRock a try, and I'm less than impressed! Horrible software... EVERY time I enter the bios it freezes totally locks up, after system reset each time things work just fine. However I will not try overclocking until this is resolved (If ASRock reps are reading). A-Tune really needs some work... in this day and age I've used some great tuning software, ASRock should at least match simple options other vendors use, namely simple features like mi...