Summary: I bought the one-year insurance on each component--but I cannot load a diagnostic to tell me what's faulty!
Pros: Pretty. Easy installation, all pins are well marked, actually pretty good manual too.
Cons: Horrible BIOS--definitely need the manual! Bought from NewEgg as a combo with an A10-5800k APU and 2x4 GB G-Skill 1866 RAM. It boots to POST just fine, will not accept RAM as 1866 no matter what, and will not load an operating system. I've messed with this off-and-on since December 2012, now July 2013, trying different USB drives (four different thumb drives, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/W, BD-R/W), netboot Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, SATA DVD. Windows 7 always fails, Debian, Fed...
Summary: I have built serveral PC's using Biostar boards. This is the first to really need some help from Biostar, and they havd failed completely. I am going to build my PC's with some else's mobo that will stand behind their product. The review forced me to give the board one egg.
Pros: Nice looking red box.
Cons: Just does not work. Biostar is NO HELP! Won't return email and won't answer the phone. If you buy this board you are on your own. The manual and web site offer NO INSIGHT!
Summary: This unit arrived and seemed in good condition. Upon installation it failed to start. All connections were checked, and also reviewed by a professional. It has intermittant error codes that are not really defined anywhere and so it runs, and then just goes dead without any real way to troubleshoot. It is being returne for and replaced with a MB of a manufacturer with a better reputation.
Pros: Reasonable price
Cons: Customer service was ineffective. Owners' manual is badly translated. Error codes are not specific.
Cons: I bought this mobo 13 Mar.2012, got it home and it never booted up one beap and that was it. I had to buy another broad (asus) what i should have done in the first place. Please don't buy this broad..
Summary: don't even bother calling bio star tech support i got there answering machine 3 times i persistently called back and finely got a hold of someone and as i expected i got some lady who could barely speak English and i explained i wanna return my motherboard im having lots of issue with it and she told me to hold on and then put me on the answering machine AGAIN!
Pros: Mobo supports all sorts of nice features you can dual graphics with an APU it tells you the post code on the mobo so you can trouble shoot an issue provided you can understand what the hell it is there talking about in the booklet
Cons: This mobo crapped on me after about 2 to 3 weeks of use one morning i turn it on and i get a black screen so i begin to test all my equipment my comp screen was just fine my RAM checked out ok after a mem diagnostic i tried my APU out on another mobo and it worked just fine i tested my PSU and that was ok to after that i look at my post code and im getting codes that are not even in the booklet D7 being the main one im also getting post code 31 which says "allocate me...
Cons: I bought this for an HTPC, replacing an older socket 775 setup that was having problems. Got this and an A8-3850 installed perfectly, go into Windows Media Center and can't play any tv! I'm not talking about recorded TV, I'm talking about tv through my Ceton cable card! Turns out the HDMI output on this motherboard isn't HDCP compliant which is just stupid. Complete waste of time if I have to buy a video card just to output HDCP video. Probably will return to NewEgg.
Summary: If this issue that I saw was just a fluke, then I'm sure this is a great board. I was anxious to try out the "Bio Remote" feature, but never got the chance to due to the issues I was having.
Pros: I installed Windows fine and it ran great. The BIOS was easy to navigate and provided easy access to overclocking utilities. On board POST code counter was a nice added feature.
Cons: After running Windows for a while the screen would go black with the fans still running, and the post code counter went blank. Also, the only way that I could turn off the power to the system was to toggle the power switch on the power supply. The system was not overheating, because the system monitor never showed above 50C. I would let the system sit in an off state for a while and then tried turning it back on again. It would boot into the bios fine and also would s...