Summary: I'm going to start off by saying that I bought this on Newegg and they no longer supply this model, so I thought that I'd write a review where it could be useful. I've had this board for a little over a year now and I am Very surprised at how well it delivered but don't let me fool you into thinking...
Summary: I bought this for my first self build PC. I bought it with a FX-8320 8 Core, 8 gigs of RAM, a 1 TB Hard Drive and 120GB Solid State Drive, and an EVGA Geforce GTX 750 Graphics card. This build is solid, runs cool, extremely powerful and very easy to put together.
Pros: Solid caps so it lasts a long time, extremely easy to set up, and comes with a manual that helps with setting up everything else in a detailed manner. 10/10 Would buy again.
Cons: Requires a video card (no video outputs on MOBO) but that's understood with any gaming MOBO.
Cons: Can't get an OS on through it. It won't recognize any USB drives to load an OS. Went to the Biostar site and downloaded the new BIOS. Now it won't output video through the video card either. If it has beep codes, they are so quiet that you can't hear them.
Summary: I've always had good luck with Gigabyte boards in the past but this model seems to have some sort of bad karma going on with it. Maybe it'll do better for you -
Pros: Good features. Can't speak for much because it was just used as a basic Windows box. No overclocking, so I didn't access any of those features.
Cons: They simply have not been reliable. First one puked for reasons unknown. It simply was dead one morning when I turned on the monitor. Second one seems to be suffering from some problem in the disc controller. It'll boot with any bootable disc in the DVD drive, but it won't access any of the drive...
Summary: if this board fails to boot with a new-ish GPU, check your power supply. i replaced a 39w 8400GS on this board with a 45w quadro K620 and despite using only 6w more power ,the K620 would post but would not boot. the 6 year-old 650w PSU was the problem not the motherboard.
Cons: placement of sata 1-4 headers is annoying. they interfere with most case's front-panel connections. sata 5-6 are in a good location, though. no IEEE1394 front panel header. most people probably don't care about this, but lots of cases still have them.
Summary: Even thought I found a few con with the board, I still gave 5/5 egg. I gave it this rating because in it's price (60$ for me) you can't fin any other 970 chip. From my point of view it's the perfect budget gaming board for single GPU.
Pros: - A great price - User friendly uefi - Look good (if you like yellow) - The two fan port are well placed - Runs up to ram speed of 1866 natively
Cons: - Only 2 fan port - Only a 4 pin cpu power plug - The uefi is user friendly... but ugly - No usb 3.0 front port
Summary: This board was the best priced I could find that included surround sound inputs. I am really hoping this Biostar board works out for me.
Pros: After reading the useful comments here about the board, I got it up and running. I am on a budget, and this board and its features really fits my needs.
Cons: The manual mentions nothing about HAVING to hook up a system fan in system fan 1 before the board works well. A few people here in the comments mentioned it. I was getting the 8 beeps for video card error now and then, but, after installing a system fan, it stopped when I booted it up. Make sure,...