Summary: Used this in an HTPC build, paired it with an A6-3500 and 4Gb of RAM. After the HDMI stopped working (switched HDMI cables to make sure it was the board), I plugged in my DVI-HDMI cable thinking I could at least get video and pull audio from the optical port but audio was pouring out of my sound system. I thought it was impossible but apparently it isn't.
Pros: It worked out of the box, it worked for 8 months. The DVI port carries audio, which was fantastic.
Cons: The HDMI crapped out after a week. Was getting really funny colors on my screen, lots of pinks and reds and greens.
Summary: This was the third board I bought for a specific build; the first two failed miserably. As such I have some tolerance for a board that did everything I wanted it to, even if it is user unfriendly. The debug LED and tactile switches on the motherboard were helpful while I had the case open and not attached to a monitor, etc (after the first 2 failed I tested this many, many times during the build process to make certain nothing was messed up).
Pros: It worked as expected. And, it's continued to work the last 11 months. It has 2 tactile switches and a debug LED which made some of the testing go a lot faster.
Cons: It's hard to set up. The BIOS is the most confusing I've ever seen. There are still some options I can't find without the help of the manual.
Summary: EUFI isn't impressive compared to legacy BIOS interfaces. So I get to use a mouse and it looks a little slicker. Would have preferred more USB 3 connectors and another PCI express in place of the PCI slot. Building this for my mom.
Pros: Nice layout (depends on the case and addidtions). Came with 4 Sata cables. Sata speeds. Quick BIOS post. 4 memory slots on board (will support 32 Gig). Audio pass through on HDMI. VGA looks better than the HDMI. Have not tried HDMI yet. Worth the money.
Cons: No posts or post screws. Not that I don't have bags of this stuff, but it should have included mounting hardware. Not able to upgrade BIOS. Software freezes before flashing (lucked out on that one). Audio driver has a dead link on the website, so I used the one on the included cd. Owner's guide is light on information. One egg off for the poor bios and audio support.
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.
Summary: Overall, I'm happy with my purchase. I needed an FM1 board for my A-series chip and this one had all the features I was looking for. Other than the lame instructions (which most won't need) there's not much to complain about.
Pros: I got this board as part of a shell shocker bundle and this was my first build. It booted into the BIOS on the first attempt. Had no trouble installing my AMD A8-3850 (or anything else on this board). I've been running this system for a couple weeks now and the WEI scores are great and the temps are always really low.
Cons: This is kind of a n00b complaint, but the instruction manual for this is not very useful. I was confused about how to install the I/O panel (because I'd never built a system before) and there were no instructions on how to do so. I ended up snapping off all of the little 'clasps' on it and now it's just kind of loosely resting against the case. I doubt this will be a problem for the majority of people on here, but BioStar should realize that not everyone that buys the...