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. Even thought it's not well equipped for OC'ing the cpu, when you're doing a gaming rig it's the gpu that you'll want to OC.
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, if you have 2 memory sticks, to place them in the right slots. On my board, it's the black colored slots.
Pros: Amazing feature set for the price. Got 3 of these for a steal Open Box, looked new. Great board to get into FX processors cheap! Also has IOMMU and some other visualization options, got it working with VMware Hypervisor ESXi 5.5 (NIC is one tiny issue) PCI passthrough/forwarding/sharing to a VMware client IS POSSIBLE! Got a Windows 7 64bit system to show up on the HD7750, will use as a backup/extra gamer once I get everything setup the way I want.
Cons: Will not run my Gskill 8GB pack 1866 at 1866, even though 2 XMP profiles are reported in the board. Missing a few features from competing AMD970-based boards, but they are a bit more, not really a con. Also a sorta-kinda-con, the realtek NIC isn't detected by ESXi 5.5, need to find guides online to modify the .iso to inject the drivers from ESXi 5.0 or 5.1. Not that hard, working once done.
Cons: DOA, found out this board was DOA, after i thought it was my CPU, which i bought to replace my old CPU because i ended up breaking off a pin trying to pull it out of the amd socket. Worst experience of my life, never again.