Pros: I received the box, sealed from the factory. It comes in a plain white box. There were no IO shield or sata cables included in the box. The CD sleeves are wrinkled and look used. This was disappointing. I will be contacting Asus.
Summary: Got this to replace my old Asus board which had a bad DIMM slot.. Just to find out the replacement has two bad slots. Also looked to be 3 bent pins on the CPU socket, but that didn't cause any issues.
Pros: Great design, easy to install.
Cons: Bad DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2. Video card was not detected on PCIE port 1.
Summary: Annoyed that the refurb center did not catch this - whilst I have a failure analysis background and have worked in MoBo FA for years prior (am now in Semis) - this is basic stuff. Someone didn't do their job.
Pros: 3x PCI 16x slots as opposed to the LX
Cons: Would not POST upon installation; Mem_OK DRAM LED illumination tipped me off. Verified my RAM Sticks were still good - channel A2 not functional.
SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports don't work with most devices. Bad fan management.
28 November 2012
Summary: Five of the six SATA devices I plugged into this motherboard's SATA3(6Gb/s) ports either were not recognized or did not work properly. The same problem on two different boards made at different times, so it seems this is either a design flaw or a very common manufacturing problem.