Summary: I went for this mobo for my budget media server build, I don't regret the hardware selection... I do however have some issues with the driver disc that came with the system... I will NOT be purchasing an ECS product again... the need to download drivers so I don't get slammed with bloatware/spyware is infuriating and I will not tolerate it again.
Pros: Cheap, hardware works fine
Cons: -have to install device drivers to use on board HDMI
Summary: Got this motherboard as part of a DIY kit, at first it seemed OK. I loaded Windows 7 on and then started installing updateds from windows update. System would display a blank screen but nothing would "wake" it back up, mouse movement, keyboard activity, press the reset button, hold in the power button - the result was always the same, the system would just sit there. I had to shut the power off at the power supply.
Summary: Similar problems as gekaver. Randomly and consistently shuts down, making keyboard, monitor, mouse lose power. The only way to restart is switching off and on the psu switch because restart and power button does not work.
Pros: works well when it doesn't shut down.
Cons: shuts down so randomly while playing a game, web browsing, or just leaving it on for a little bit.
Summary: Contacted ECS's tech support, they responded that I should flash the BIOS, I checked their site, the only BIOS that would be newer than the existing system BIOS was for windows 8 support. I'm not running windows 8, I told them this. Like their motherboard - no response. I downloaded their "live BIOS update" utility and ran it on the system, it tells me the BIOS are up-to-date, no update required! I contact them again to let them know this - no response!
Pros: Was fast while it was working
Cons: Would give this no eegs if I could. After installing Windows 7, I started installing windows updates, the system screen goes blank after a while. Ctrl-alt-del - no response, pressed the reset button - no response, held in the power button - no response. Had to shut off the power @ the power supply, restarted the system, windows says not shut down properly (duh) so I tell it to restart normally. Systems is back up, for a while, then black screen again. Repeat, repeat r...
Summary: All in all an absolutely great board for budget build. I hope everything continues to work well. Send in my rebate, we'll see how that goes.
Pros: This board is perfect for a budget build. Nice, solid board. Not to much much to say worked great out of the box and was cheap. I do like the BIOS, works well for me.
Cons: Minor flaws in the packaging. There is a misprint (On the top it says fm1 socket, but it is actually an FM2 as stated on other areas) on the box and a few misspellings (pakage contents) in the manual. Would have appreciated mounting hardware as well, as I don't always buy a new case for each build. Has a little more bloatware on install than I like.