Summary: I hate trying to figure out backplates, there has to be something easier
Pros: Has everything you need
Cons: motherboard ram is labelled backwards. I put the ram in 1, and bios said it was in 4. Go figure No on-board video for basics video Does not glow in the dark Pin 1 could be identified a little better
Pros: Stable board. This is in a machine I built for my roommate and for the last year it has served him quite well. I feel like it is hard to really review a motherboard at this level,since as long as it works, that's really it. It has been pretty stable with some modest OCing of the CPU, but I haven'...
Summary: The heat sinks for the chip sets look good but because of there shape they tend to catch dust, but my case dose not have any dust filters like most cases do.
Pros: I heavily game on my rig, 10+ hours a day. I usually play graphically intensive games, my GPU is a GTX 660. BIOS is pretty user friendly but I have never had many reasons to use it. Sound Card is fairly good for a non-standalone card. Has a cool color scheme and looks appealing over all. The manu...
Cons: None too big The front I/O panel plugs are a bit confusing but, once again, they are color coated. The back I/O panel audio plugs are getting a bit flimsy (have to turn the audio cord to get it to work sometimes) but after 2 years, it could be worse. RAM slots could be a bit further apart but sin...
Summary: For the price it makes a pretty good base as a virtualizaion server.
Pros: Supports IOMMU/PCI passthrough under ESXi (to a degree) but requires third party NIC drivers since this board uses realtek.
Cons: The USB 3.0 controller does NOT work with PCI passthrough as it is some weird unknown brand. Additionally the two PCI slots at the bottom seem to share an IRQ so you can realistically only have one PCI device installed at once or you will get interrupt storms
Pros: I have owned this board for a little over a year. It has worked like a champ. The UEFI BIOS is easy to setup and use.
Cons: The only con is the dual boot issue noticed by others. Upon start up the system will turn on for about 3 seconds, shut off, then power back up and run fine. Note that it only does this from a cold start.
Good motherboard with some weird installation issues.
Oleksiy V., Newegg
17 October 2015
Summary: My old desktop computer suddenly died on me, I needed a development machine where I could run serveral VMs at once and my motivation was to get most performance for a buck . I ended up getting AMD FX-8320E, GA-970A-UD3P and 16GB Fury 1833MHz for ~$350CAD whenever the part I wanted went on sale.
Pros: Well-featured motherboard with dual VRMs and 6 SATA ports. I planned to run AMD FX 8320 but ended up with 8320E. I haven't done any overclocking, I left the computer on for several days and haven't had any problems.
Cons: I had some issues installing Debian Testing on this board, I ended up installing through UEFI, had to disable IOMMU in bios or mouse and keyboard wouldn't work during OS install. Another issue I had with the motherboard is VIA VL805 USB 3 controller chip, and I suspect it's the same issue other p...
Summary: I haven't used the machine much but with a noisy fan planted directly onto the VRM sink, a 140mm fan blowing air to the northbridge, and a 120mm fan behind the socket I am able to run at 4.5 GHz with my FX. The VRM heat problem is the biggest one in terms of noise-performance.
Pros: Overclocks well enough to 4.5 GHz with my FX 8320E. Has a heatsink on the VRMs. Has 8+ phase VRM. Was very inexpensive bundled.
Cons: VRM heatsink is inadequate. Requires a fan right on it. northbridge gets very hot. Needs a fan blowing to it. BIOS setting to change hypertransport speed is bugged. Same problem when trying to change the FSB speed by itself. The only way to change these speeds is to change the BCLK. You one can't...
Summary: Might be a faulty PCB, so dont take my cons in real consideration when you think of ordering this because chances are yours will be fine.
Pros: So far I haven't had any complete deal breakers with this motherboard. It does what it says plus a little more for me. My Wireless card is now moving at 117 GBs per a second and not 68 GBs per a second, which is a pleasant surprise, probably due to better PCI slots. Honestly for the price you sho...
Cons: Really the only issue I have is that whenever I try to turn on my pc, the power kind of "flashes." As in the PSU turns the fans, gpu, and cpu on, then it cuts power in about half a second, then it starts up successfully after that little reboot. I checked my wiring and everything looks fine, and ...