Summary: I can see why asus is the largest name motherboard company, the features and performance of this motherboard is unmatched, I have went thru several motherboards with the same exact CPU and ram.. Not many manufactures make a mini-itx FM1 socket motherboard and I went with Asrock at first and the performance and stability was so bad.. i just figured it was because it was the first generation APU's.... the VRM's on that one broke and i used the warranty to get a new one..
If you don't use the HDMI output, you'll probably be happy with this board.
D. Brown, Amazon
3 December 2013
Summary: I have the latest firmware, and I know how to reset the BIOS and whatnot. I use an A8-3800 processor. Overall the board is fine, but it's really annoying that it malfunctions when used with an HDMI monitor. In my experience, the system hangs randomly during POST when connected to HDMI only.
Summary: I am pretty pleased with this MB in general. The build went rather smoothly, and the internal wireless works well, although the antennae are a little bizarre. The tiny remote is way cool - I wish it were available on its own so I could buy one for use with other builds. My only complaint is with the hybrid Crossfire. It was difficult to get it to work, and the performance increment was disappointing when I benchmarked it. (I used an XFX 6670).
Summary: This is a great board for your HTPC builds. Comes with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, ESATA, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectors/antenna on the board. There is even a PCI-E16 expansion slot to beef up your graphics needs should you want to do some heavy gaming with a better video processor than the one that comes integrated on the CPU which will fit onto this motherboard. Boot times into Windows 7 are quick, and the UEFI BIOS will allow you to boot hard drives larger than 2TB.
Summary: Works great! Only problem I have encountered is since I am using this as an HTPC, it is connected to my receiver via HDMI. After I installed Windows 7, I noticed that I wasn't seeing the UEFI Bios startup screen, which gives you the option to enter the UEFI and make adjustments. I tried just starting the computer and immediately hitting the DEL key, the screen on the TV would just be blank.