Pros: I didn't see any of the problems with my board that other owners have complained about. This was one of my most reliable boards. The board have a good balance of features i.e. plenty of SATA and fan headers, USB ports, etc. The only thing I really didn't like was the new format for tuning suite, ...
Cons: I can't really think of any conundrums that I had with this board; it was a pleasure to use and served me well.
Summary: It's a shame I have missed the return window as It took me longer than 30 days to thoroughly test all possible combinations to determine without a doubt that the motherboard is at fault here. I will need to install a usb 3.0 pci express card to be able to use usb 3.0 devices with this setup.
Pros: Lots of features. 5 fan headers 6 sata ports sli ready The software for the motherboard is pretty good. But I wish the Asrock A-Tuning software could load minimized at boot.
Cons: If you buy this board - pretend it does not have any USB 3.0 at all, then you will be happy. Fan control through third party tools such as speedfan do not work very well. Speedfan can not even see the rpm of the cpu fan - just reports 0. The USB 3.0 is unacceptable on this board. If I plug in a U...
Summary: The manual might as well not exist since there is no useful info other than how to seat the CPU which i guess is good for first time builders.
Pros: Looks nice, and the IO is my ideal setup.
Cons: I can't get the machine to even load the bios. I've reworked all the ram, single slot different dimms. Rebuilt the machine 2 times now and have verified all other parts on different mobo. I'm clearing the cmos one last time but i've never stuggled so hard with a mobo in the last 20 years.
Pros: It's a motherboard with features. Almost legacy free. Just need to get rid of those pesky VGA and PS/2 ports.
Cons: Gigabit ethernet doesn't work with Windows Server OS's.... At least not without a small hack to the inf file. Not ASRocks fault but Intel's so avoid that chip if you want a seamless Windows Server experience. Crazy why they won't support it because of a missing feature or two. Works just fine aft...
Summary: Wasn't really a con given that I can probably figure it out eventually, the ram I bought with it is being underclocked to 1033 MHz instead of the 2100 MHz it came in.
Pros: Nothing really to comment on here yet.
Cons: I haven't had it enough to give a fair review so I'm going over my biggest issue. All of the items, except for the motherboard, that should come with it were missing. No I/O shield, no SATA cables..., so my desktop has the motherboard there without any shielding allowing dust to come in. Since I ...
Summary: Find a board with a different integrated NIC if you'll be running a server O/S or will be running a desktop O/S but using a WHS V1, WHS V2, SBS, or Essentials based server backup and recovery solution.
Pros: Plenty of SATA connections, upgraded DSP for sound. All around, a solid motherboard. Used in a low power HTPC build.
Cons: The NIC - an Intel I217V. Intel, in its infinite wisdom, has decided not to provide drivers for server O/Ss for this NIC. Shouldn't have been a problem for me, as the HTPC build runs W7 - but I also run a home server for a NAS and a backup solution, and as this NIC doesn't play nicely with server...
Summary: I lowered the score because of the odd experience that took me a while to resolve and caused me stress.
Pros: Very nice price and it looks great. Full featured.
Cons: About a month after purchase, all of my USB devices stopped working. I tried dozens of fixes, but all signs pointed to a dead mother board. However, for some reason, switching off some Intel USB settings in the bios fixed it and my USB devices started working again. I installed no new drivers or ...
Summary: Impressed with ASRock quality! Will use them again!
Pros: This is my first time using an ASRock mobo. I have used mainly Asus boards in the past. This mobo is very solid I haven't had any issues with it. Booted right up and memory was set to 2400mhz without any tweaking.
Summary: I haven't tried overclocking it yet, it turns out you need the full 8 pin EPS 12v connector to overclock or use Intel's Turbo Boost technology (on my 4670k), my small 350w PSU only has the 4pin connector so I have to purchase an adapter.
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) 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 In...
Summary: I've bought from Newegg for quite some time and this is the first problem I've ever had with them. I'd hoped for better support than this when the time came.
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 ...