Summary: Wanted to upgrade my CPU, but my old ECS board couldn't handle 89w processor. Bought this at a bargain and was not disappointed. This board can handle the CPU and comes with some many more features not available on my previous board.
Summary: I bought this motherboard in 2007 to act as a base for a media center PC. It was one of the cheapest boards at the time that came with an HDMI out connection (w/o having to buy extra video hardware), so this board was a no brainer for me. Almost 3 years later, I decided to turn my media center PC into a hardcore gaming machine that would be able to play games like COD4, Crysis: Warhead, and Aion at max settings. As the computer currently stands, all I have to say is wow!
Summary: I purchased a barebone kit from another site and built my first "new" computer last Christmas. That motherboard's rear USB buses worked for a few days off and on and then quit. Instead of pulling it back out I decided to do a work around and install a PCI USB card because I needed all four USB buses. Then the two front USB buses quit working and I had to return that board. I checked Amazon and found this motherboard.
Summary: I bought this elsewhere. The price was about the same as Amazon. It worked fine right out of the box and I am happy with it. The reason for my comment is just a word of warning. The default video setting is DVI. So if you don't have a DVI-D connector on your monitor, it will look like the board is defective. BTW, you don't need the $79.00 gold plated DVI cable that Circutit City sells (grrrr). My $20 cable works just fine.
Summary: DOA out of the Box. I must say that it's probably the worst type of MOBO to come DOA, ever try installing a Micro-ATX MOBO? Everything powers up,all LED's on MOBO are green, yet no video out.... Disappointing.