Summary: Typical of the x79 chipset, only 2 mobo ports capable of booting from on the SATA III interface, the rest is add-on chipset provided by ASMedia. The MOSFET heatsink backplate gets so extremely hot when the CPU is set to use more voltage and or overclocked that I had to put heatsinks on it to drastically increase it's surface area for dissipation, a thermal pad to connect with the case housing and a fan to keep things below 55c.
NO COMPUTER after 15 MONTHS of a 36 MONTH promised "Warranty" and over $1,000 +
John A. Leo, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I bought the ASUS card 19 months ago. It died after 15 months of the 36 month contractual warranty. I have been trying to get an RMA replacement that works for -- 4 months -- MONTHS (NOT TWO WEEKS mind you)-- and ASUS -- keeps returning to me DOA motherboards according to 7 senior repair technitions in 4 different computer repair shops. I woundn't be surprised that they get their DOA Motherboard and then resend the very same board back to me!
Summary: I brought a new board on Dec 19 and installed on Jan 8 until the Corsair H60 accessories came, the board can not start with no sign of failure, I returned the board to Amazon and get a replacement on following day (thank you for Amazon's excellent service), I tried it again and same happened, I contact the support via live chat and say that it needed for service.
Summary: So I just built my computer a few days ago and yesterday, I installed windows 7 64bit, and installed all my drivers! *Great! Everything is working, including my beautiful 32GB quad channel Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM!* (I even almost achieved a 7.9 system rating *the highest* in the Windows Experience Index) This morning, all was still working fine. Windows, RAM, fans, USB, etc.
Summary: Not a bad motherboard but I am confused as to why gaming use motherboard manufacturers insist on putting the only PCI express port directly under the primary video card slot where they cannot be used with modern double high graphics cards.... initial installation had windows showing a LOT of unidentified system devices on the device manager under the control panel after 3 weeks of researching the issue ASUS released a new set of motherboard driver installation programs...
Summary: This is definitely the smallest mobo I have ever owned. It wasn't any more difficult to install than other mobos. The bios are beautifully crafted, and are extremely user friendly. All of the features are logically placed into a few specific tabs. My only regret, which isn't a big deal, are the lack of USB 3.0 connectors which left one of the connections on the front of my case inactive. Well Worth the price, ASUS ROCKS.