Summary: Nothing's perfect, but this motherboard comes close enough. I'm not going to repeat the technical specs listed above, but I can comment on my experience. This motherboard is the heart and soul of my very first computer build. I wanted good parts, and so I sought the best motherboard that could fit Intel's i7 2600k processor. This one fit the bill and came with lots of fairly new gadgets.
Summary: few things set this board apart: SLI support, the z68 version doesn't support SLI. X16/X1 and X8/X8 support. the ONLY solution on the market (that i know) support X16 if you only have one card. every other board uses X8/X8 so you limited to half the speed even if you only get one card. i would recommend getting this board (make sure it is B3) over the Z68 if you gonna use dedicated graphic card.
Summary: I purchased this as the base for my first computer build. With my lack of experience building PCs when things weren't working quite as they should I wasn't sure if it was me or if it was the mother board. After consulting some computer guru friends of mine, I determined that it was indeed the MB. Amazon had a new MB out to me in 2 days. The replacement works well. When I was planning my computer build, my first objective was to make it small, but fast.
Summary: Recently bought this board for a new custom PC. The included BIOS is really clean. Being a Micro-ATX board its pretty packed, especially if you use an Aftermarket CPU cooler or you plan on running SLI. Great mobo for the price though, without a doubt.
Summary: I buy micro ATX boards now even if I plan to use in a full case just to allow for future use in HTPC. This guy is currently running my i7 2600k at 4.4GHz with 16GB (4x4GB) 1600 DDR3. It runs 24/7 crunching away on VMs, Video and anything else I can think to throw at it. This board gives you all the capability you need and gives future proof options like 6Gbps SATA, USB3 that I'm not even using yet. ASUS tool for overclocking and the new BIOS is great as well.
Summary: This was my first build, and the accurate manual that came with this mobo helped to make it relatively easy. System booted up fine on the first try. I am not a huge fan of the bios management software, since it has no documentation and its modular design is awkward. But I won't take a star off for that. Otherwise, very pleased with the board.
Summary: Here's what you need to know before building a system with this board: 1) Buy a micro-ATX case that's at least 7.5" wide. If the case is too narrow, you won't have room to install one of the bigger, better CPU coolers with a 120mm fan. Yes, short coolers are available, but you'll want a tall one for this board 1) to absorb the extra heat generated by overclocking and 2) to help avoid interference between the fan and the heat spreaders on the RAM modules.
Great motherboard for the new Intel Core i5-2500K!
Barbara H. Thorstad "bosjt", Amazon
28 March 2011
Summary: This is the first computer I've ever built. Got this board so I could explore overclocking (which I have not yet done). Board has the new graphical BIOS which is very nice. I installed this into a Cooler Master mid-tower, rigged it with a hefty Corsair powersupply, an 80GB OCZ Vertez 2 SSD, 2x4MB DDR3 1600(oc) Corsair memory, and a Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB card.