Summary: Because I had so many issues with my Gigabyte board (Z68MA-D2H-B3) getting it to work with my LSI MegaRAID 8888ELP RAID card (for those that doesn't know, that's a true SAS/SATA RAID card with 512MB cache module and a hardware XOR processor), which I needed to connect me 16-drive external hard drive enclosure, I ended up having to get a new board. I did have to update the EFI Bios on it, but it works well with the RAID card.
Summary: I bought this MB over a year ago, and it still performs on high extreme levels. Can take any game I throw at it. This MB does not run hot either. I was interested enough because it allows me to upgrade later on.
Pros: The Bios is very windows like and user friendly yet contains very powerful options to tweak to your preference.
Summary: It worked beautifully upon installation, the only reason I bought this board in the first place was because newegg.com sent be a DOA board...and claim physical damage like the scammers they are. This board has alot that you need to preinstall before hand so be prepared. An actually larger board than I thought it would be for ATX, But man does it perform.
Perfect Motherboard, Perfect Quality, and Perfect PC!
18 March 2014
Summary: This motherboard is amazing for a first time builder like myself because it gives so much room to upgrade in the future and not have to worry about buying a new motherboard. If you are still confused on the parts of the motherboard check the user pictures for this product and you will find mine where I labeled everything on the motherboard for first time builders :)
Summary: Bar None, feature for feature, performance, etc. This motherboard is dependable, reliable, and performs very well. I've got two of them. My favorite feature about this mobo, is it pretty much overclocks "out of the box". I dropped in an unlocked SandyBridge, and with virtually the default settings, the thing automatically gauges workload, temperature, etc. and will ratchet it up to 4+ GHz as needed. It will throttle down to 1.6 GHz with no load, sipping along nicely.
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.