Summary: i have 2 of these mb's. i like building micro atx builds that can also game and i have to say that these little biostar boards are great for just that. up until 2014 this was the only micro atx board i could find with sata 3 (6gb/s) in the am3+ socket market.
Pros: micro atx sata3 (6gb/s) HD 4250 integrated video descent VRM setup (not heatsinked) x16 pcie 2.0 slot
Cons: sata port placement only usb 2.0 no 1x pcie slot no stock vrm heatsink
Summary: Spend the extra $20 and go with something more reliable.
Pros: Price. 6 Gbps sata.
Cons: Windows 7 constantly tells me to plug my devices into a USB 2.0 port. All of my chipset drivers are up to date, and I have even reinstalled windows with no luck. Very annoying. Also, I have a back lit keyboard which has to be unplugged and re-plugged in every time the computer wakes up from sleep.
Cons: POST occasionally fails when powering up computer. Only recognizes my keyboard once every three times it's powered on. CRASHES THE COMPUTER CONSTANTLY! I can't play more than 5 minutes of video games before this junk motherboard fails and the computer shuts off. Manufacturer doesn't update drivers.
Summary: I have purchased 3 of these boards, and they have all served well under proper use. I was able to unlock the 2 extra cores on a 960t with one board. and we fried another OCing a 1090t to 4.0. hit 3.8 stable. think we cooked the mosfets reaching for the sky.
Pros: mATX board run AM3+ Handles an fx 8320 Can OC ( I don't reccomend!) I only get it 5 eggs based on price to performance and that it handle an 8 core cpu after a bios update np.
Cons: NO mosfet cooling Only 4 SATA ports That's it, no other issues with this board.
Summary: Bought an Asus M5A97 R2.0 to replace it. Hope it holds up better.
Pros: Update to my last review.
Cons: My board lasted from July 26th to August 15th. Ran fine for a few weeks. Started having USB problems (mouse wasn't being recognized) and then finally just wouldn't post at all. Smelled like burning electronics.
Summary: Suprise ... Smooth running and Inexpensive build!?! No malfunctions or unforseen problems Of course, i am staying inside the power envelop of an old 80W TDP CPU and the case has four fans installed not counting the CPU Cooler's two fans to keep things cool. Running without fan controls for now.
Pros: UEFI based mATX mainboard with native Sata 6Gb, AM3+ CPU socket, and DDR3. These features together in this form factor are scarce. UEFI is ver 2.1 ... have installed Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS and W7 Pro SP1 in GPT/EFI 64 bit configuration using rEFInd for Boot Management. EFI Shell V2.0 from the CD vers...
Cons: Very small inexpensive board so: Only one PCIEx16 V2 slot, Only two DDR3 RAM slots, Only USB2 serial ports and headers, CPU (1) and Sys (1) Fan headers, Two PCI slots and no PCIEx1 slot Onboard DVI or HDMI display not both 3+1 Power Management and MOSFETs (12) without heatsinks for high TDP CPU o...