Pros: Asus brand products have always been good to me in the past. I've built several computers throughout the years and have always went towards ASUS for their motherboards.
Cons: Right after the 3 year mark hit, the CPU Fan, PR Fan, and CH Fan2 slots all died on me. After all the years I've given towards praising ASUS for their wonderful work and I get one that completely turns me against the brand. I would have understood if one slot died on me, but when 3 turns out dead...
Summary: rating given is primarily due to their support experience. bottom line, after this support experience, I'm done purchasing ASUS products. I'm a tech support engineer myself and understand the challenges of the role and working with customers.
Pros: worked for about 2.5 years
Cons: ASUS support. the board failed in late 2011 Sent it in under warranty. Asus replied they wouldn't look at it because the board was warped. It wasn't warped when I sent it. Even though it was under warranty, they wouldn't look at it because it was warped, unless I paid them ($98). So, I paid them....
Summary: Not worth it. Asus has treated me well up until this motherboard.
Pros: It was decently priced. It has "lasted" almost 3 years.
Cons: Can't handle mixed IDE and Sata drives. It doesn't recognize the Sata if IDE drives are attached. Audio jack out lost the right channel after 2 years. USB controller went offline at the almost 3 year mark.
Summary: I never got it to work with an AM3 processor, which I bought when it first stopped POSTing because I suspected my processor was at fault. I later tested my processor in another system and it turns out it was fine.
Pros: The board layout is adequate, and was feature rich at the time. I had it for a while and it worked fine. I'm giving this more eggs than I probably should just because I was mostly happy with it for at least a while.
Cons: The board died and refused to POST, seems to fail to recognize any CPU (at least that's why I think it won't POST). I RMA'd it to Asus, who returned it without doing anything. When I called back, my call was allegedly esclated, which basically means leaving me on hold until I gave up. I was on ho...
Summary: I bought this motherboard to replace my aging and less gamer oriented M2NPV-VM. My processor was an Athlon 5000+ black edition socket AM2, which i used to overclock my upping the multiplier. I later changed that processor to a Phenom 940 black edition which i have overclocked too without problems.
Summary: Don't waste your money. I would encourage anyone and everyone to stay away. It just isn't worth the hassle. Get a different board and a low-price video card. The sheer amount of stress and loss of productivity is simply unacceptable.
Pros: Great board layout. Incremental upgrade options. EZ-Flash BIOS.
Cons: I've been building workstations and enthusiast machines for 15 years and this is quite possibly one of the worst boards I have ever encountered. It is beyond flaky with RAM (*regardless* of brand or speed). And it has an almost impossible time with 4 hard drives. (In my case, two of which are WDs...
Summary: couldn't give a "no egg" rating for this. if i could have, i would have. again, VERY DISAPPOINTED with product.
Pros: very happy with newegg.com's quick shipping and service. will definitely shop newegg again. saved money on many items purchased versus shopping at other online computer parts stores. A+++
Cons: as stated in the title, buyer beware and do your reasearch on the ASUS motherboard forum. after installing mobo, proc, ram, and vid cards, mobo would not POST. tried all troubleshooting suggestions offered on the forum, took mobo out and RMA-ed it to ASUS. board gone for like 2 weeks, got it back...
Summary: I've worked with 3 of these boards in the last 3 months and so far, none of them have had ANY issues. One of which I setup a RAID array and it was easy, though a little time consuming. The biggest surprise on this board was the integrated HD 3300. It's actually pretty good.
Pros: Very nice board and very capable. Crossfire works nice, supports Phenom II's and DDR2 1066 with no down clocking issues like some boards have been having. Very affordable for the performance you get. Integrated HD 3300 works well too.
Cons: Chipset does get a little warmer than the average board but then again I'm picky when it comes to heat. I did think it was weird that they are using the adjacent RAM slots together rather than alternating like my previous 2 boards but not that big of a deal
Summary: I am going ahead and giving this three stars because I probably just got a bad board. I have been purchasing nothing but ASUS for years and have never had anything die on my other ASUS motherboards.
Pros: The parts that work are stable and overall I have had a good experience with ASUS boards.
Cons: HDMI out has never worked with my HD TV whether I use ASUS' drivers or AMD's. Ended up spending $180 on an NVIDIA card which works perfectly. I have owned this motherboard for about 6 months and the built-in NIC has already died.