Summary: Overall, this has been a good board. It rates an A+ at this point.
Pros: The first machine I put together was a 286 back in 1989, and boy, was it a major job getting everything compatible... but this board; my grandson could have done this easily. Used a AMD core 6 processor, and still going strong with 4GB mem. Had this thing near 5 years now, and about to upgrade th...
Cons: The on-board video was less than expected, but I made do with some easy overclocking, but newer programs are gobbling up the RAM. Soon to find out if the limit of 16GB RAM is etched in stone or not... with four slots it should accept 32GB (we will see).
Pros: Was my first board I've ever installed. Always been a good casual gaming board, never pushed it to its limit. Worked for 4+ years.
Cons: Tried installing newer ram on it today and I'm not sure what did it (neither is my local computer shop) but whatever happened fried the board. Be careful installing ram and make sure there's zero electricity in the system.
Pros: Easy to install compatible with my build, good for first timers
Cons: This is more agains the company than the product. EVEN SO this is not a bashing of the product or company but rather a experience written for education. I bought this motherboard in 2011, i recieved it and had my build done by February(?) it seemed to work fine but suddenly i had problems, it too...
Pros: Motherboard gives a lot of great features. Supports crossfire. Win7OS installs and works great right away with this motherboard. Good bored for any gamer. memOK!
Cons: Worked for about a year then just randomly died... I thought this was suppose to be a solid board. The intigrated wiring went bad. Wont take off to many eggs, since this board did last me well over a year and a half.
Summary: good boards but if you dont upgrade before he problems your gunna have to get creative. great board though.
Pros: All the ability to have the highest speed. At first i used a wrong powercord and i wouldn give picture. But then I stared getting sys errors atikmpag or so when he video overloaded. I put 2 tbs 16 gigs and amds 6core deneb processor activating core 5 and 6 waseasy. but now all ge is blue screens?...
Cons: ide never worked with hdd and it can only 1. wiah it had midi port and parallel and serial. could have both firewire ports. cramped
Pros: Bought this mobo for a budget gamer's PC build. It has USB 3.0, some heatsinks and a CD with a bunch of drivers and utilities! It is on the expensive side, but worth it completely. I used this with a 600w Coolermaster PSU and a AMD FX 3.3ghz cpu.
Cons: Wished it came with more fan headers. Has 3, wished for 4-5...
Summary: Didn't realize I had to connect an 8-pin power cable to the CPU. Spent a lot of time trying to figure out why the system wouldn't boot or beep to tell me what's wrong. Went back and forth blaming the motherboard and the processor, wondering if it just was not recognizing the monitor or the keyboard.
Pros: Nice layout for plugging in. Really like the onboard ethernet, sound, and video. Makes for a quick setup - as long as you don't forget something like I did. ASUS has improved their instructions since the last motherboard I had (A7V333).
Cons: Wish the manual would have said something about power to the CPU, in the CPU section.
Summary: The Asus M5A88-V EVO is an updated version of this board to support AM3+ CPUs. If you have the extra $5 I would recomend purchasing that mobo instead, more future proof if you intend to run bulldozer. link to M5A88-V: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733