Summary: I used this board with a new i7-875K I found on "an auction site" I can't name here. Outstanding combination. With a pair of HD 7870s in CF, it nearly matched my other machine (i5-2500K/GTX 660 SLI) in gaming and benchmarks. In real game play, I couldn't tell the difference.
Pros: Good O/C'ing potential, especially for unlocked processors. Well designed in layout and cooling. Great looking color scheme. Solidly built with the best components.
Cons: I wish the BIOS would have had CHA FAN speed control like the CPU FAN does. As it is, the CHA FANs run at full RPM at all times.
Pros: I use it for a mid-level workstation, and some gaming. I've had one running over 2 years now. I got a little over zealous blowing it out one time and shorted the mb, couldn't wait for a rma (office work machine), ordered a new board installed and Win 7 fired right up like it didn't even know the ...
Cons: 16 gigs of ram, only an issue if I have PS, Maya, Blender, Mudbox and 3DS Max open at once and that so rarely happens
Summary: LOVE THIS BOARD. I have run it 24/7 for the past two years with an i7 850 continuously overclocked to a hair below 4GHz and memory to match. Can't believe this board is still for sale!
Pros: Amazing overclocker, one of the most stable boards I've worked with. TONS of BIOS options. Has all solid cap's and is basically build for reliability and longevity, even under extreme conditions.
Cons: Not much support. Manual is loose English translation. Has POST codes appear that aren't even in the manual or have any documentation anywhere.
Summary: Overall an awesome moBo! Overclocking is a little difficult on it because of the BIOS screen options. This is also my first real attempt at OC-ing so take that into affect. Started right up and posted with no problems or beep codes to decipher.
Pros: 1156 Socket Onboard firewire port in addition to one in back Tons of Sata connections and USB ports
Cons: Older Product BIOS are a bit confusing Not real user friendly for overclocking RAM sits really close to the CPU
Summary: While floppies are barely in use nowadays, I still use them as last-resort troubleshooting. The connector is not positionned in an ergonomic way, but as opposed to the HDAudio connector, I can understand it's ackward placement. Overall really great board.
Pros: Tons of connectors, USB ports up the wah-zoo, very VERY complete BIOS settings (perhaps a bit much, but I like it). It was easy to install and configure. The SATA ports being at an angle means it's easier to keep a case clean and favor airflow. I thought I had a glitch at first, but the onboard L...
Cons: the Front Panel connector is far very far away from other connectors. The Antec RV30 in which I put the board has the audio wire crossing over the graphics card along with the 2x4 CPU connector that is obviously positionned there for top-mounted PSUs. Ram is a bit close to the CPU heatsink but is...
Summary: As an engineer, I tend to look at things from a design standpoint, and this board, despite me only doing the burn-in and memory testing so far, impresses me. Post codes on an LED display, power and reset buttons directly on the board (not that this is a big feature).
Pros: Great features, well priced, dual gig-e on board, BOAT LOADS of USB support
Cons: no Sata 6 or USB 3, but that's not a huge deal. Mosfet and northbridge heatsinks crowd the cpu cooler a bit, which tends to crowd the ram.