Summary: I bought this motherboard to replace one that got shorted out by me , Forgot to put on wristband for static electricity.Saw this on ebay and it looked like a good buy.It came from china and was taken care of by the person who had it.
Summary: After all the work-arounds, future purchases will NOT include ASUS motherboards.
Pros: still working after 7 years (yes, this is a very late entry, but may be useful to someone).
Cons: Ethernet drivers loaded by manufacture are WRONG, as well as the installation disk. Caused a black screen error and hours of wasted time. Found the Atheros L1 GigaBit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Controller after looking it up for hours to find the previous company manufacturing the product. Simila...
Summary: The only issues with this board have been the AMI BIOS, which is very popular, and used on tons of different boards, so it's hard to knock the board for that fault. But two serious BIOS problems will cost ASUS an egg, because they haven't posted any support for either problem in four years, despite...
Pros: Ran this board almost continuous around the clock for more than 4 years. Went through 2 sets of enterprise RAID disks. When the second set of disks had a failure, after about 5 reboots, the BIOS became bricked with a very common problem where the NV RAM fills up with error entries, and won't fini...
Cons: RAID controller BIOS doesn't support rebuilding the array by adding a new disk. Have to full-back it, wipe it, redefine the array, and full-recover it.
Summary: I'm disappointed in ASUS. I've bought exclusively ASUS motherboards for over a decade. I think I might have to reconsider that loyalty now.
Pros: Nice feature set and price point.
Cons: USB became flakey after a year or two. Now it looks like the SATA interface is dying too; linux keeps having to send bus resets. Scared me, I thought my drive had failed, but it's doing it on multiple drives.