Summary: I have been working with computers for over 30 years and finally decided to build one of my own. This motherboard was the foundation of the build. It required a larger case than most other boards. I used the Corsair Obsidian 880D. Since it was my first build I wanted lots of space to make my life easy anyway. I have been using the computer for 4 months and it has worked flawlessly.
BIOS so buggy that the computer may not boot AT ALL
K. L. Mcclintock, Amazon
4 March 2013
Summary: This mobo was installed in a computer I bought that had been built from scratch (but still new, Windows 7.) I didn't choose or purchase the board myself. It had USB hub surge errors from the beginning, and EVGA support said updating the BIOS (to latest 2.04) would fix the problem. I tried that and the computer wouldn't boot at all, not even to go into the BIOS. It has three different switchable BIOSes, but none worked. I couldn't even boot to a CD or flash drive.
Summary: I got this MoBo and I have loved every second of it. I know that people have had issues with these but I can say that this board is solid and holds up to the EVGA name. However if you buy this get an Intel NIC because the OB Marvell nics are as good as trash.
Summary: Board arrived pretty as can be. Bios was out of date, didn't recognize above 8g, but allows for 32g, which I installed. 6 business days later, got replacement bios chip. Then Dimm slot one and two died and had to RMA the whole board. Customer service was decent, but not happy with delays and additional costs to me for their warranty issues.
Summary: I had a lot of problems at first with this board. After talking with EVGA support they was able to help me solve the problem. It was a bad RAID driver. Downgrading it solved the problem and I haven't had a BSOD since (knock on wood). I was also able to get the memory (16GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-17000 RipjawsZ Series for Intel X79 (9-11-10-28) Quad Channel kit 4x4GB) running at the correct speeds, voltages and @ 2133!
Summary: Choose 4 out of 5, as it didn't have the W8 USB3.0 Drivers, and this gave me an issue that I had to resolve by doing firmware update, practically out of the box. Likes: Packaging, features, accessories, all super detailed. Very nice out of the box experience. 3-way SLi Rock solid, i7 3820 OC'd to 4.3Ghz super stable can even go to 4.5 or 4.75 using the Kulher 620. Dislikes: Didn't have the latest bios out of the box, USB issue.
Summary: Considering the price of this product I think it is way underpriced for the performance it delivers. Leaving the issues of SOME USB 3.0 ports not working (There are so many USB ports that there will rarely be a situation that you will run out of them) this motherboard has served me well. BTW remember this is an EATX case, so before buying check your case if it does support EATX or not. Mine didnt but I modded my case.