Summary: Shopping for motherboards honestly scares the crap out of me. There are so many mixed reviews on so many boards that I am convinced that its all just luck/chance/fate whether yours works right or not. This one works great. Had windows XP and the usb 3.0 ports would not work at all. Installed Windows 7 64 bit and Have had no problems since. This board is big, and it looks really nice as well. The bios are ok.
Summary: OK i am going to say this.The System works perfectly when you first start it off.I had no problems before installing my make up with was a A8-3870K and then the 120GB SSD from Corsair then the HIS Radeon HD 6670.Remember put the goo on the center of the processor before putting the fan on.Do not smear it around the edges.
Pros: My first one of these boards was DOA. However this one is flawless. I feel the USB 3.0 controller on this board is much better than the Asrock boards I usually prefer. All extra features working beautifully. Have it running with the A8-3870K, 128gb Crucial M4 SSD, 1.5tb 7200rpm Hatachi, 8gb 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws. Getting the following WEI Score:
Cons: First board was DOA, but that happens eventually to every brand and make of board.
Pros: I have built PC with 7 different FM1 motherboard, include Gigabyte, ASUS and Biostar with A75 chipset. This one is the best of all. it is the only motherboard support dual digital display via HDMI/DVI port. It has no issue to over-clock A8-3870K to 3.5G as well as integrated video card to 900M instead of default 600M. It need 1.5V DDR3 1600 RAM for auto-detect. It works perfectly with Patriot Signature 8GB model PSD38G1600KH and G.SKILL Sniper 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8...
Cons: just need to update BIOS to latest version. You can easily do it online. Shouldn't be really issue.
Summary: Many quirks with this board. You can't get into bios using a usb keyboard. Plug in an old school PS/2 into that port and then pressing delete will get you in. Another option is to download their "touchbios" software from their site that will let you adjust settings while in windows. You will need to get into bios if using 1866mhz memory as it will default to 1600(although it states 1866 is supported and default). Change the timings in bios.
Summary: The User's Guide steps on pages 80-81 is a cluster muck into installing WinXP. The real power of any Mobo is the CMOS machine code that enables the OS and all applications to work on your PC. Without firmware/CMOS machine code, all PC hardware is a dead brick. Besides spelling out acronyms (without what, where, when, why explanations) as we come to expect when we enter the CMOS screens, this Gigabyte CMOS required me to have a USB floppy (outdated hardware)to copy XP...
Pros: Fairly easy to configure the bios. Good performer for the price point. Bought the AMD 3870K with this board.
Cons: Windows Vista and 7 don't recognize RAID on boot (Ubuntu does). Would be nice if the SATA ports could be individually configured, rather than 0-3 and 4-5. If you configure 0-3 to work as RAID, then 4-5 can either be RAID or IDE. They can't be configured as simply SATA. Had to update BIOS to get vista to install.