Summary: I used this motherboard for additional work computers' build. Put it into a small tower case ( CoolMaster N200 ) with a 650 watt Power Supply from Corsair (more power than I need, I know, but can be reused for future builds). I've built over 20 computers. My general impression is that ASUS is a notch above the competition when it comes to motherboards. Installing the CPU, Heat Sink, RAM is all standard fair. Installed into the case easy with the IO shield.
Summary: I have owned several Asus motherboards over the past several years. Most have been for AMD processors. This one like all the previous ones has proven to be reliable. I'm not a gamer so I haven't tried tweaking it or any of the more esoteric features. I run it just like it comes out of the box. I'm running it with Windows 7. The hardware includes a 240G SSD, 16G ram, and a 1.5T hard drive. The only problem I encountered was with Windows.
Summary: No cons about the except just one. I'm not sure if it is the board or the CPU. I installed Kingston 1866MHz memory and it would not work on 1866. I had to bring it down to 1600Mhz. Besides the windows experience for memory performance was only 5.9 and I expected >7.0. My other computer is running 1066 DDR2 with Gigabyte MB and Athlon x2 64 cpu and the memory performance index is 7.1. The cpu I purchased for this Asus MB is AMD A8-3870K.
Summary: Buying a new motherboard is always difficult. Finding the best motherboard possible involves considering many factors. Price, Performance, Quality, Purpose, Features are important. There are trade offs that need to be made. Specifications have to be met. The purpose of the computer must be fully supported by the motherboard. You will never really know if all is in harmony until after you power it up for the first time.
Summary: Viel kann ich nicht dazu sagen ausser dass es bei mir nach genau 20 Monaten von heute auf morgen einfach nicht mehr anging! Kein Ton, kein Beep-Signal, kein Videosignal kein gar nichts. Nur die Lüfter drehten sich wie immer. Habe kurzerhand ein Asrock A75M bestellt und alles läuft wieder einwandfrei. Für mich war es das erste und letzte ASUS !!!