Cons: Install was a problem. The first-line tech support was lousy. I returned the first one and got a replacement. Same problem. I was ready to return the second when a higher tier tech support person identified the problem and it was booting within 20 minutes. Works fine ever since.
Summary: Once I got it working, I took this setup to the MIllion Man LAN in Kentucky, and played every game at Ultra with NO slowdowns. Overclocked i5 3570k to 4.2 ghz on stock cooling and left it running for 4 days straight, no issues. This board is the real deal for gamers!
Pros: This board has AMAZING OC features and the BIOS are top notch. No updates needed out of the box, and once I got everything working it was flawless... However, see cons!
Cons: Had to re-seat the i5 3570k CPU about 5 times to get the board to post. This may be the cause of many of the people who say this board was DOA. The CPU socket has enough edge-play that if it's not sitting EXACTLY right it won't post and will give various errors (00,15,30) on the display. Also, it...
Summary: My only real grip is that mPCIe Combo. Other than that this board does well. I've not put any serious gaming loads on it yet, but I expect with how smooth its running, my i7 and it will tackle almost anything.
Pros: Board arrived in great condition. Always love Newegg's shipping service. Everything in the pictures was in the box and it all worked. Nothing felt flimsy.
Cons: The mPCIe Combo adapter came with the board, but I can't find anywhere to buy a wireless adapter that fits in the mPCIe. The ones on new egg are all bland-brands and wondering if ASUS makes the adapter why don't they make cards to go in them???
Summary: I bought this board because my only other option for an MATX 1155 Z77 board was a G1 Sniper M3, and the only reason to pick that board over this one is the better onboard sound. In every other way the M3 is inferior.
Pros: Good build quality, good features, Asus warranty is fairly reliable in my experience.
Cons: Aside from how everything ROG carries a price premium and oozes l33t G4m3r? none
Summary: Maximus V Gene: Bought this Mobo about a year ago because of its "great" specifications, for a new built with a 3770K Intel CPU and 16 GBs of RAM. Overclocking is very easy as well as BIOS flashing. Has plenty of USB ports and the diagnistic LED is very useful.
Pros: Great features, great stability, excellent overall quality, mATX form factor is a huge win imo.
Cons: Overclocking has one flaw, the bios tends to get tempermental saving the cpu multiplier. Sometimes it does and sometimes it just gets stuck on a value and nothing fixes it, short of a cmos reset (easy, 1 button). -1 egg for that bug.
Summary: This is an amazing upgrade especially if you want to throw a high performance gaming system inside a small case. I had to issue a refund because it shipped partially damaged/opened but other than that, it's pretty awesome.
Summary: I did a lot of research prior to buying and all signs pointed to this board being a monster, and it is. I'm very happy with this purchace. I saw one other review that said the Foxconn processor socket was unnerving to close, and I found this to be so.
Pros: -Easy overclocking for a n00b like myself! -ROG Connect! -Lots of features! -Onboard Audio!
Cons: While onboard audio is awesome, I have found it to be buggy under certain conditions, so I docked an egg. I plan on getting an audio card, so I really won't cry about it. Just know that you may experience some popping and clipping.
Summary: Noctua NH-D14 fits but the fan clips are perilously close to the evga GTX670. A few bends and some shrink tubing on the clips and no worries now. This is well documented on the Noctua site.
Pros: Overall great board. Got this for my son's first gaming build from scratch. Way easy overclock of a 3570k to 4.6Ghz running stable. Will likely push it a little further later. Detected XMP memory profiles no problem. Mostly great BIOS options. Love the on board diag readouts (forced my son to act...
Cons: CPU and CPU_OPT fan headers can only control 4 pin PWM fans. 3 pin fans run at 100% all the time. I also dock myself an egg for not researching this more fully. All other fan headers can control 3 or 4 pin fans. Off to buy some PWM fans...