Summary: Take lots of pictures before sending something back.
Pros: Ran fine for 30 minutes. Installed windows 7 and was just starting the updates when the board died.
Cons: Board fried. While installing windows updates there was a pop and when I looked down at my computer there was a stream of smoke coming out the top. When I powered down the tower and removed the mother board I found burn damage on a chip in the top right corner near label pq515 and pq516.
Summary: Build is finished. Bought as part of a super combo. Very satisfied..
Pros: Very happy with this board, works well with the Intel i5 cpu
Cons: If buying a combo make sure where your parts are coming from. I bought this MB as part of a super combo. Half the parts came from Ontario within three days, and the others came from NJ. four days later because courier doesn't work weekends.
Pros: The Board works as it should asi use it just for a general build running an i5 ivy.
Cons: The bad part was the Rebate , for the first time Asus Claimed they never received my Bar-code and that is were i said enough of asus. im over positive i send everything in as i been doing this for years and i reviewed my CCTV cameras in the shop to double check. maybe the Rebate section dropped it or something or disappeared in the mail but ASUS is messing up on these Rebates lately . i dont need the money i always end up giving it away to a friend or something but it...
Summary: Besides the fact that it died out on me almost two months in is why I'm giving it 3 eggs. I'm going to RMA it and use it as a backup since I ordered another board to replace it. I'd advise to be careful using this board since there are not a lot of reviews on it so it is difficult to gouge the success/failure stories of the board itself.
Pros: It's a pretty sleek motherboard and is fairly simple to get all set up. The RAM slots are color coded to make it easy for first time PC builders, and it even comes crossfire ready. It also has some PCI slots for those legacy style cards. The bios is pretty stylish and it does not take too long to get used to how it works. It has 6 SATA, two 6gb/s the others 3gb/s.
Cons: Unfortunately, the board died on me within a month so I'm about to make an RMA claim. Also some of the power connectors were pretty flimsy and it does not offer a lot of slots for fans if you are into lots of fans. I feel the distance between the PCI slots is not enough but I could be nit picking. I will update the review once I complete the RMA process.
Summary: Asus' website:https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z77A/ says this is a Home Entertainment Motherboard. and that's what I bought it for. I was trying to use it along with a i3-3225 Ivy Bridge but had to use a separate sound card (Auzentech) Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD to bitstream master audio and DTS through HDMI. Not really a complaint, but a warning for those of you who wish to do the same.
Pros: Great MB. Does all it says.
Cons: Onboard Realtek ALC887 does not pass through bitstream via HDMI only through SPDIF. At least with the drivers supplied.
Pros: Started up without a wimper. I love the American Megatrends EZ bios screen (you can still do all your o/c tweaking in the advance mode). Remember, this is an "express" board, which means you won't get as many cables, wireless wi-fi adapter, and all the extra hardware that comes in the pro or deluxe models. But the price is great if you don't need all that extra hardware. The board is still the same.
Cons: The board has 6 onboard SATA plugs: 2 are 6Gb, and 4 are 3Gb transfer. I wish they would have added 2 more SATA plugs.