Summary: AMD is phasing out FM1 sockets for FM2 so I knew this was a board dead in the water. But it went well with my budget build coming in around $50. As it currently stands I have an A4-3600k APU, Sapphire Radeon 6770 gpu, and 4 gbs of ram running of it and I am not recieving the gaming capability I...
Summary: Can't beat the price for this combo. I am really happy with this purchase as I was forced to make a decision to buy a whole new computer or build one. I read other reviews on this motherboard and AMD's APU processor and was impressed.
Summary: Dollar for Dollar, It made no sense to RMA it and pay shipping and have a week or two downtime because of the NIC problem. I installed a Intel PCI-e gigabit NIC and now can both download much faster, and transer files much faster than I could when the On-board NIC was working correctly.
Pros: After 6 months this board is still working fine, with one exception.
Cons: The on-board realtek gigabit NIC suddenly degraded to 10 megabit. No it wasn't a driver, router or CAT5E cable problem either. Both the in bios test and my NetTool showed the same 10Mb.
Summary: Used this board in an HTPC build, so far no problems. With a video card installed there is only one full size PCI-E slot so expansion is a bit limited but can't really complain too much about that. OC'ing is easy through the BIOS if you're that way inclined, overall a decent little board.
Summary: Some readers may wonder why I put the PS/2 headers as a positive. It is really simple, PS/2 headers have not been dieing away because USB is better, USB is cheaper, not better. A PS/2 port has an assigned IRQ which is much quicker than USB, even USB 3.
Pros: Solid and stable little board. Perfect for basic builds that will be doing only mid level gaming. Good overclocking capability in the BIOS. Really liked the availability of a pair of PS/2 ports, this made the initial set up very easy.
Cons: Would have liked to have seen a USB-3 header. A second pair of available DIMMs for additional RAM would also have been nice but not really required for this build.
Summary: not an extremely great board, but not too bad either. we made a budget photo editing rig from this and a 3870, and it runs very cool and relatively silently. I would not say you want to make a gaming rig from this motherboard, or even attach all that many hard drives to it.
Pros: Was inexpensive. works just as advertised.
Cons: only 1 system fan plug, only 2 memory slots, poorly placed sata out under graphics card.