Summary: In the meantime I will continue to bug Asus about the board, I don't really care since they are at least willing to
Pros: -It worked great for a few months
Cons: Unreliable piece of garbage; This board (at least the one I got), causes my PC to crash under load. We use this system to run complex numerical computations, and reliability is a must. When CPU usage goes high the system will restart. We also tested this with prime95 small ffts which pushes the floating point unit in the cpu. The system also always crashes within seconds of starting the stress test. We don't overclock the cpu, and cpu temps are always below 60C, due t...
Pros: Supports both i7 and E3-12XX ivy bridge processors. Supports both EEC and Non RAM. PCI Ex 3.0 x16 and X8 crossfire. Supports Win 7, 8, Server 2K8 and Server 2K10.
Cons: I had to give it four eggs for one single reason. There is only one USB 2.0 header on the board. If you have front panel USB ports, or a card reader like I did, you won't be able to use the D-bracket that comes with the board, and will have to choose between FP and card reader. It really should have had two or more sets.
Summary: First, it’s not clear what ASUS is using to measure CPU temperature, but it appears the ASUS BIOS and Windows AI Suite II software consistently measures about 7 +/- 1 degree Celsius cooler than actual (e.g., 58C when the processor is 65C). I’m assuming that the Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool, HWMonitor, RealTemp, and directly sampling the MSRs which all yield consistent results are correct. It would be helpful if someone at ASUS could comment on measurement methodology.
Pros: I purchased this board about 6 weeks ago and my experience to date is that it’s a very solid product. Setup was very easy. It worked straightaway with no issues whatsoever and has been running reliabily under a variety of conditions since. No crashes, no random errors or other anomalous behavior. I’m running with an Intel E3-1275 v2, 4 x 4GB of Kingston PC3-12800 ECC RAM (KVR16E11/4), Intel 330 SSD and WDC Black HDD drives, EVGA GTX 680, and LG 14x Blu-ray burner in a...
Cons: I do have a few minor gripes or I’d have given it 5 eggs: