Summary: If its still on sale, buy this thing right away. you won't regret it.
Pros: Looks really nice, Runs super cool because of quality vrm, SLI/Crossfire support, Amazing price, The bios is super easy to use, I saw this board featured on Linus tech tips and am super proud of owning it just for that reason
Cons: *the nfc adapter is worthless. Not because it doesn't work, it does, but the software with it is absolutely unusable. Not a single function works. They connect, but can't interact. At least it adds 2 USB 3.0 ports to my IO that i can easily reach. *there are some capicitors in weird places around...
Good motherboard, but unintuitive building with it
30 June 2015
Summary: After setup, motherboard does its job great and I haven't had any issues yet.
Pros: Does its job great after setup
Cons: Setting up with this motherboard was a pain. Buyer beware, you cannot boot with the graphics card installed first, as you will not get a signal output from either integrated graphics or the card itself. After about an hour of troubleshooting, we only were able to get the BIOS menu when we were us...
Pros: This is a very capable board for overclocking. Even though the heatsinks and cooling don't look like it, this board can clock with the best. If you don't have a great CPU to begin with, it might be tough to get some decent clocks out of it. A much more expensive board with good power phases might...
Cons: The PCB is pretty thin. So be careful flexing components on it. Make sure it is mounted well.
Summary: mileage may vary but I'm happy with it. Be prepared to have a spare, older, socket 1150 CPU around if you plan to install a later model CPU as you may need to flash the board. Also be prepared to install windows in order to do this.
Pros: Perhaps this will help someone... Picked up an open box Z87-A for $20. Hard to pass up at that price... figured I'd take a chance. No issues once I got it working. See Cons.
Cons: The BIOS needed an update before my i7-4790k would post, and out of three ways to update the bios, the CPU only worked after using the Windows utility method. The built-in & DOS utilities appeared to work... BIOS would flash and machine would post with an i3 CPU, but the i7-4790k only worked afte...
Video card issue resolved - no help from ASUS Tech support
WILLIAM S., Newegg
12 March 2015
Summary: TL;DR; - ASUS Tech Support was no help in diagnosing failure to boot reliably with GeForce 650Ti Boost video card. Owner fix the problem himself.
Pros: Low price, good performance, part of a NewEgg combo deal on March 3, 2015
Cons: ASUS Tech support handled my case poorly. I resolved it on my own, after wasting time and effort contacting them. First level of tech support (named Antony X.) tried to tell me my card was incompatible, go buy one from this (very short and old) list of approved cards. After I replied that this wa...
Fast board, but horrible Asus drivers and software
Aaron S., Newegg
5 March 2015
Summary: Very nice board if you can get the drivers installed correctly. Don't bother trying to install any of the ASUS drivers or software.
Pros: I didn't have the pin issue that others mentioned. However, I can see how it could have happened. The cover over the CPU socket isn't well designed and the instructions are not written very well. You need to install the CPU without touching the cover, and it will just pop out once you close it. I...
Cons: The drivers that come with the motherboard are junk, as are the downloadable drivers and apps from ASUS. You will need to first download the latest network adapter from ASUS to a thumb drive and and then install just to get online. Then download the rest directly from Intel. None of the extra "fe...
Summary: Cons are minor when considering the actual logical aspects of the board. If you are looking for a cheap motherboard, this is the way to go. However, the Z97 series is out now as a newer version.
Pros: Cheap (Newer version released shortly after I bought this one) Reliable Plenty of ports Smooth BIOS
Cons: One fan header is "dead." The fan runs full speed all of the time because the Board does not detect it on the BIOS. Pain to install due to I/O plate. The plate has little metal tabs that push into the board making it difficult to align the board properly and also making the outside look bad.
Summary: I know this is invalidating, but I see a lot of DOA posts. Not just on mobo reviews but also CPU, GPU, RAM, PSU reviews... You name it, it's claimed. I personally think it's highly unlikely, I've done dozens of builds and not experience a single faulty product.
Pros: Have had this mobo for around a year now and it's been nothing but great. Started fine, I like all the lights to warn for a malfunction, helped in building process. Not the top of the line, but for 100ish dollars it doesnt plan to be. Really content with my purchase.
Cons: Only 2 fan headers, and 2 for cpu cooler. I use a lot of air cooling, two 140mm in front, 200mm on top, 120mm in back and one cpu fan. You can control them in the suite, but if there were more it would have been nice. But for the price it'd be an odd thing to ask for.