Summary: I like the board a lot, but between the horror reports of DFI cust support and the persistent trouble I've had with the RAID, I'll likely try another brand next time.
Pros: Loads of BIOS options. Solid board overall. I love all the little extra perks that make life easy. I feel like this is the kind of board I would design. I found the manual adequate but certainly not overly helpful - had to look a few things up online. If this is your first build, try someone else...
Cons: The only problem I've had is it can't maintain a RAID. Keeps losing the drives (Seagate Barracuda 500gb 3.0). At first I just assumed and RMA'd the "lost" HDD, thinking it failed. Now, I think I RMA'd a good drive. At first, it found the replaced drive and rebuilt the array as it should. Then it ...
Summary: Nice solid board. It has plenty of room around the CPU for big heatsinks. After changing the PCIE slot settings to GEN2 from the default I was able to get 2 4350's into crossfire mode. I'm running a Phenom 8750 on it with no problems.
Pros: Many options, reasonably good layout, full ATX, crossfire ready.
Cons: Had to clear the CMOS prior to initial boot (never had to do that before and I've built 50+ systems). Had to tweak BIOS to get crossfire enabled. The price was a little high.
Summary: Go on their website before you buy any DFI product and look at the posts from many dissatisfied buyers. They tend to remove the bad posts quick though...... After this experience I will never again buy a DFI board.
Pros: I bought two of these boards because of the features. Plenty of features, but DFI has lost their price discount of earlier days compared to Asus and Gigabyte.
Cons: Runs really really hot, but be very careful. If you "alter" the board in any manner, such as attaching a small fan with double stick tape to the nbrige heatsink to keep it cooler, DFI will void your warranty. I downloaded a bios from their website; it was corrupted and therefore rendered my board...
Summary: I've learned my lesson the hardway. I was planning on upgrading to AM3 with this mobo. Not anymore, I'll just get an actual AM3 socket mobo and then I'll actually be able to use DDR3 memory instead of having a huge bottleneck with this mobo.
Pros: Pretty Stable Lots of O/C Options Pretty Startup screen
Cons: Claims to be able to use Socket AM3. This may be true but first you must upgrade to the latest BIOS. Tried this recently followed the directions for my particular system, on DFI's website. The screen said flashing was complete I restarted my system as requested. After restart my system now WILL N...
Summary: BIOs are very easy to update, and support is right on DFIs website. Support for Phenoms in the newer updates. Just purchased a Phenom II X4 955 BE AM3 from newegg, hopefully it will be a simple install.
Pros: Great BIOs, 3x PCIe, AM2+ can be used with the new AM3 CPUs, 790FX chipset, reset button right on board.
Cons: Chipset gets very hot, even under normal operating conditions. Front audio connector is right in front of the second PCIe lane and gets in the way of installing any kind of card. If you want SLI/Xfire, dont plan on using the connector.
Summary: I have had this motherboard for over a week now and so far I haven't had a single issue with it. Everything is working as expected. At first, I was nervous reading all the awful reviews but I am so glad I decided to buy the motherboard after all.
Pros: The BIOS is an overclocker dream, so many settings it's unbelievable! The power and reboot button on the motherboard was incredibly useful for me. This is by far the best motherboard I have had, and I've tried quite a bunch. Next time I need a motherboard, DFI will be my first choice!
Cons: It's such a shame that the cooling on this motherboard isn't better, the North Bridge runs EXTREMELY hot, I had to order a 40mm fan to cool it down. And you WILL need to cool it down. The SATA ports could've been better placed.
Summary: Fingers crossed that the next one is ok.....
Pros: -cheap -ENDLESS bios settings (OCer's dream) -lots of fan plugs
Cons: -buggy from day one -SATA ports are kinda hard to get to -Nb runs hot (my 230mm case fan took care of that though) After installing windows Xp and updating i would get Boot.ini failure. Desktop icons would disappear. PS would keep running after windows shut down. So I ordered a new PS and RMA the...