Summary: I always associated ASUS with quality, so I was disappointed the internal LAN died so quickly. Not sure what happened that made it start working again.
Pros: Works fine almost 3 years later.
Cons: The internal LAN port stopped working completely less than 6 months into ownership. I just disabled it and used a PCI LAN card. It wasn't a software problem. Then last year I was setting stuff up and tried it again. It's suddenly working again. It's been working ever since.
Summary: I like this board still. I'm sure I could RMA the board, but I don't want to have to wait 6 weeks for Asus' RMA process. Still, I willing to live with it. I started out building a budget system, but have kept upgrading and making addition. I started out with the onboard, then got a HTPC fanless gpu.
Pros: To me, it is the finest uATX AMD motherboard. Out of the 3 uATX I've used this might be the best. It has been the most stable outside of two minor problems (see below). I have used it with three different AM3 processors, different DIMMs, different PSUs, SSD, AMD/nVidia GPUs, soundcards, and netwo...
Cons: The Dude does not abide by the terrible I/O backplate. It is shameful that such back plates are standard on all Asus boards not ROG branded. A little better fit and thickness would really help out. It seems a small problem but it has caused more than a few annoyances. It looks awful too. The two ...
Summary: I bought this along with a 3 core processor and 4 meg of memory to replace the previous ASUS board in my htpc. The old board wouldn't play or stream video for more than 14-20 minutes at a crack without BSODing.
Pros: Easy to set up. Stable at standard settings and handles some overclocking easily.
Cons: Being micro ATX it's a little rough getting at some of the connectors with my large hands. Maybe get your kid to help you out?
Summary: Great foundation for a value-priced system. Also fine as the start of a system that will change over time. I started with a Phenom II X2, 4GB of RAM and the integrated video. A year later, I'm ready to move to a Phenom II X4 and add a video card.
Pros: Good price. Solid performance. Zero headaches. Enables overclocking. Integrated everything, so it makes a good foundation for a basic system. AM3 socket provides access to a wide range of processors at a wide range of prices.
Cons: Not surprisingly, integrated video performance is very weak. It's good enough to get a 4.1 from Windows 7, so it's fine for basic computing, web browsing, email, documents, spreadsheets, etc. But don't try to use it for any gaming. Also, having only four memory slots is very limiting.
Summary: Much better benchmark results than the Pegatron M2N78-LA I replaced, all other system components unchanged. Considering ASUS makes the Pegatron boards, I'm reconsidering my loyalty to ASUS.
Pros: Good features for the price, ASUS quality (IMO a Pro), no issues so far. Fung shui heatsink provides positive qi.
Cons: ASUS penny pinching. I'm using this board to replace a bad one in a cheap HP 6320, and it was as close to a drop-in replacement I could find from ASUS. Unfortunately, ASUS' recent boards dropped support for voltage controlling 3-pin CPU fans, so it only runs full speed. Now I have to spend anothe...
Summary: The only other thought, not necessarily a Pro or Con. I had to flash my BIOS immediately after buying this to get it to recognize the true speeds on my AMD Phenom II X6 1075T.
Pros: Almost everything is Pro for this board.
Cons: The only true con I found for this board is the same as other users are having. The ethernet port on the motherboard will suddenly stop working. Signs of this happening is a blinking link light. The NIC appears to be trying to obtain an IP, then completely loses connectivity, it will continually ...