Summary: This thing seems good to go for a long long time, quite impressive for a 4+1 phase board. I did try some 4 GB module sticks for 8gb as well, but still didn't run the game as great as it does now.
Pros: I still like it. New motherboard/bios technology that can do very quick overclocking findings. A simplified bios. High quality regulators that took a P II 965 to 4 ghz stable w. 4 gb ddr3 1600 dual channel at 9 9 9 25 36 2T 1.66volts. Processor running with LLC on, software showing a steady1.434 ...
Cons: Not really a con, but board wouldn't handle two sets of ram sticks at all for 8GB @ 1600, methinks because there is only one memory phase. Took me months to figure this out. Yes, -got the NB at 2400 for the recommended triple the ram speed thing. It would handle 4 sticks @1333,- 1470, -a little t...
Pros: I'm very impressed with the look and ability of this board. The AM3+ slot was the main reason for my purchase, but it has plenty of other features that make it stand out; namely the easy BIOS and overclocking. Installing it was simple in my old case. It also comes with an install CD that had a nu...
Cons: Was a little disappointed this board lacked an IDE port, as it meant buying a new optical drive. On the other hand, it's an outdated port anyway.
Summary: I bought this as a gift for my brother. I looked for the ASUS name because I've always had reliable products from them. You have to understand that my brother is hard on things. He likes to take things apart and tweak things. This board has withstood the test of time.
Pros: The BIOS is set up with many options Board is thick and sturdy Has everything you need to overclock and tune Just the right size Extremely fast when set up
Summary: After hooking everything up, I jammed excess wires into an empty drive bay. A female end somehow managed to push onto one of the pins for my tooless drivebays. As soon as I fired this bad boy up for the first time, I saw a big old spark, and heard a "zap" noise.......everything shut down.
Pros: This is my 3rd Asus build, and all 3 have gone together quite easily. Bought this as an upgrade to play BF3, does the job nicely with a phenom X4 unlocked to an x5, and two 4 gig sticks of 1600 G Skill, and a GTX 560 Ti.
Cons: While the core unlocker is fine, I really dont care for the cpu overclocking features on this board. Im sure its fine for someone who has done a lot of overclocking and has experience at it, but I am an overclocking noob.......so.....ya, didnt like the way its set up.
Summary: Examine it closely for your case and your needs.
Pros: I purchased this board for its AM3+ compatibility but also b/c it's one of the last boards with Core Unlocker advertised. I have a Phenom II X2 555 BE that unlocks so I need this board. Usual nice Asus colors. Lots of the features for the money.
Cons: Overall the layout on this board was very very poor for my needs. I had to buy it quickly and should have spent more time looking at it closely. Only 1 PWM fan header. The 3pin chassis header is near rear connectors, very far from the front case fans you would be connecting to it. Standard 3pin h...
Summary: What I like: Asus. I'm brand-loyal to them and this board affirms that decision. Bios. Easy to navigate and adjust, and fairly explanatory. Overclocking. Excellent control of everything. What I don't: Parallel and serial ports. Its not 1995 anymore.
Summary: I just built a new desktop using this M5A87 MB with a Phenom II X6 1090T and it screams! I had no problems installing everything and the MB performs really well. I have taken the OC route all the way up to 4.0GHz and managed to stabilize it at that speed at around 51°C (and that's on air cooling).
Summary: I bought this motherboard to replace one I had bought last year, mainly for the USB3 and SATA3 connections. I had an accessory PCIe x4 card for my previous motherboard so I could use my SATA3 drive and external USB3 drive. I also have a SSD SATA2 drive used for my main C: drive.