Bit Overpriced for a Budget MB. It Has Annoying Problems.
Gene P. Louie, Amazon
3 November 2013
Summary: I purchased two of these. My comments on the "advantages" and "disadvantages" are identical with both. . . ADVANTAGES . 1. This motherboard is used in Asus retail desktop computers like the CM1831. . 2. It has four memory banks and two PCI slots. . 3. The price is a bit high for a budget board. For an extra $5, get the Asus M5A97 R2. It has an extra PCIe and PCIe slot.
Summary: Asus is great. I've built 4 to 5 systems with ASUS MBs. Everyone is a champ. I knew the limitations of this board and opted to save the money. This is a Windows 7 Machine, AMD FX 8350, 8 Gig RAM, Seagate Momentus XL 750 SATA 3GB. I am using the built in HD Radion 3000 graphics which are adequate for this PC's function.
Summary: I bought this board as a replacement for the original MB used in my HP Pavillion PC (which is notorious for having a short life). The installation was generally easy, except for the front panel connector which needed some detective work. Software drivers installed with no problems whatsoever. The BIOS was easy to set up. The documentation was 100% complete with all details for hardware and software.
Pros: Love this board. Needed an ATX board for second work PC, integrated graphics are good and whilst I'm not a gamer so no need for intense graphics, when I'm watching the odd DVD handles the graphics easily.
Excerpt: I take no credit for choosing this board; it came with the base unit which ticked my requirements. I was influence by its accommodation of 8 core processors and video support. As the supplier said, it will be some time before I need to upgrade.
Pros: Flexibility, 8 channel sound, layout and connectivity are all excellent, as also is product support. At the price this is a must have motherboard.