Summary: This motherboard went into a test bench to verify CPU operation. It is a basic board with the capability of being run for long periods of time at high CPU utilization rates. This kind of service will generally degrade and destroy a motherboard in fairly short order. ASUS boards are able to handle the job better than most.
Summary: This is a very great bundle (on sale), better price than AMD 8350 with similar ASUS motherboard. I am happy with the motherboard features offered and so far my 3570k seems stable at 4.5Ghz, but I am limited by the poor thermal compound issue common to Ivy Bridge/Haswell. Highly recommended!
Pros: -Motherboard has nearly every socket/output... perfect for those who have a wide variety of peripherals., -Extremely attractive at sale price ($299.99 after $30 MIR), -ASUS reliability and motherboard features
Cons: -Socket 1155 is dead, no possibility of upgrading to Haswell, -i5 3570k has limited overclocking capability due to poor thermal material inside chip... and I'm not going to delid mine. Yet.
Summary: I purchased a couple of these because they're very easy to set up and they're durable. I had hoped the Z77 chip would invite the OCZ PCI-e solid drive, but no dice. Instead I went for the durability factor and the ease of set up. the Maximus IV and V are truly OCZ PCI-e ssd friendly.