Summary: This is an awsome board, Make sure you update Bios when buying it, mine was not update d and got some strange stuff. I'm used to make my own bios settings but in this one there's SO many settings, I had to let some default one. For a user that love to try a lot of setup. It's gonna be perfect, and for those who just dont know how to play in Bios setting, there's a easy mode pretty simple to help them start.
Pros: Asus Product, good price.
Cons: Bios have way too many settings, No more IDE gotta get rid of my IDE DVD that was working great, pretty sad.
Summary: Great board, great price, love my new Haswell computer. I wouldn't say its blazing speed blew my mind, it isn't a appreciable step up from my Phenom 2 X4 940 chip(both running at 3.5 ghz per core, but you know the difference if your looking here), but it has overhead and some future proofing. Overall, not really a great time to upgrade, except to an SSD. This performance from GPUs and CPUs is wasted without the applications to drive that power.
Summary: I don't know how relevant this will be to a lot of people but this motherboard and it's drivers do not work with Windows Vista. So If you are lazy like me and haven't upgraded you better upgrade before you put this in or you will get a blue screen when you try and boot. Other than that it has worked great and everything powered on the first time.
Summary: Working great in my new PC build. I originally was looking for the Z87-K, but it was sold out on Amazon Prime, and after investigating the Z87-A I actually liked it a little better if only for the sideways SATA ports. It was very easy to configure and mount in the case, everything is nicely labeled. I really didn't have to look at the instruction manual at all.
Summary: Do NOT install the Asus Ai Suite unless you like BSOD. We spent weeks diagnosing random BSOD's. No memory corruption, no disk corruption. Removed all devices that might be causing problems. The only diagnosis we could get is a "possible driver issue". After wiping most of the accesory drivers including GPU, we decided to reformat and put windows 8 on it.
Pros: Th motherboard is great, The built in AI overclocker is a great tool that makes overclocking much easier. The visual bios makes it much easier and visually pleasing to change settings in the bios.
Cons: Whenever you shut the computer down through windows or another os the computer just restarts instead, even when powering down from the bios this happens. Its very annoying because the only to get it to shut all the way down is to hold the power button.
Pros: 1150 Intel socket will let you step up to new Haswell processor. The ASUS BIOS is a full-featured way to give you control over what's going on inside your PC. Groovy black-and-gold color theme.
Cons: Although it's not clear who is responsible, the included ASUS AI Suite III conflicts with several BitDefender products. If BD is your choice for anti-virus/Internet security, be careful about installing the suite before someone issues a fix. I had multiple BSODs before discovering it was NOT a hardware problem.