Summary: I bought this item, because it looked very nice, and very advanced looking motherboard. The thing that I really like about this motherboard is how organized it is and how powerful it is, and especially the light indicator inside of the motherboard. The thing that I disliked about this item was the sound when you start the computer up. How there is a sound coming up out of no where in the motherboard.
Summary: Any thing having to do with editing anything on the UEFI chip causes a freeze instantly including the BIOScreen application. Read another review stating same thing and thought surely not, and I'll be danged if it didn't happen on this board I got as well.
Pros: it can turn on with an A8-3870K at least?
Cons: Bios will not update through afudos, Tbios updater, F12Bio-flasher etc. But just froze and never erased on all 20 tries so no brick. Bios is from 6/17/11 so it was launch bios, using 3870K and no where does Biostar advise having to have or buy another low end APU just to flash bios, bravo on support there Biostar.
Cons: It's not advertised but it should be brought to the buyer attention that this motherboard does not supported dual digital monitors. DVI + HDMI will not work. You will only get 1 display. In order to get dual displays you'll need to use the VGA port.
Pros: Has many good features that are well worth the money. Easy to install and setup. The BIOS menu is amazing! Had lightning strike nearby that caused a blackout for a few seconds while I was using the computer. The mobo took it well, as did everything else. For some reason, it now does a short beep at startup to let me know it's running OK. I didn't set that up originally, maybe the blackout did?
Cons: My ADATA USB 3.0 thumb drive doesn't seem to transfer data as fast as I expected it to through the 3.0 slots on this.
Pros: So far a great motherboard. Great price, full of options, Saw my Ram as 1600 so i had to set it up manually to accept it as 1866 which worked flawlessly. Worked great with the AMD A8 3850, and 1866 Gskill ram. Had no problems at POST, and installed windows 7 without a hitch. As soon as I got windows 7 installed i updated the bios and installed the hot fix for the AMD APU's which i heard helps with the BSOD error. So far the system runs great! Low heat on the motherboa...
Cons: Didn't see my ram as 1866 no big deal since i could manually change it in the bios.
Pros: This motherboard offers excellent value! I've been shopping around for a good FM1 motherboard for under a hundred bucks and chose this one. It's working great as my HTPC!. I love that it supports DirectX 11, HDMI, and surround sound.