Pros: I purchased 20 of these bad boys when Newegg had a free 8GB memory stick paired with them. I've used all 20 with no DOA's and no failures to date.
Cons: Not a super high end board by any means. But great for any standard desktop PC or even a mid-range gaming system with addition of a dedicated graphics card. Support for most of the FX series CPU's is nice too.
Summary: Even out of the box with default BIOS settings, this board throttles the fx-8320. I'm going to let you process that for a moment because I'm not sure it sunk in. THIS BOARD CANNOT RUN AN FX-8320 OUT OF THE BOX WITHOUT THROTTLING. What was Biostar thinking? The issue lies with the chipset heatsink, which is thermally regulated out of the box to just over 60c. Anything more than that and the board starts throttling.
Pros: I was able to make it run stable at stock 3.5ghz...
Cons: Read the "pros" above... I was ABLE to make it run the 8320 stable at stock. Where do I even begin?? For starters, I was thinking my chip was whirring away "stable" at an already disappointing max overclock on 3.8ghz. Simply put, it wasn't. The chip was being throttled.
Pros: Motherboard isn't really anything special, but it's not bad either. Biostar boards have been reliable for me so I'm hoping the trend continues. Works out of the box with Vishera CPU's (would hope so by this point, but you never know). Has some decent overclocking options.
Cons: Overclocking Vishera 8-core CPU's is basically not possible. It might be possible to get 3.8 or 3.9ghz out of one of these chips but I doubt it is possible to go higher. At stock 3.5ghz using automatic board voltage, stock voltage varies between 0.912v at idle and 1.428v at load on my fx-8320 CPU. But if you try to set the speed to 4.0ghz and the volts to 1.415 or greater (not stable under prime95 testing), the system locks up before it can even POST. I've seen the ot...
Summary: I have had this MB for 4 months now and I am very pleased with the purchase. The MB performs as expected and was a very easy install. Just remove the old MB install the new MB power it up install the software and that was it all done. I highly recommend this as a replacement board as it is a good deal for the money the performance was better than expected.
Summary: The motherboard died after 3 months of use. It stopped working completely. I called customer service because I'm still under warranty. They told me they will be happy to look at the product and see what happened BUT I have to PAY for the shipping cost. If it's broken because of some reason not covered under warranty then I have to PAY EXTRA for them to repair. My lesson is to pay a little more for trusted brand than this untrusted, un-responsible company.