Summary: I don't use this board in any of my main rigs, but I keep it around for testing. I've probably owned 15 or so boards over the years, and this is one of my all time favs; the best LGA775 board in my opinion.
Summary: I have had this motherboard for a very very long time. I am still using it today in my home media server. I've done almost everything you can think of with it: watercooled, running Xeon X5460 OC to 4.5GHz, R9 290X (now a GTX 660 since its just a server, 8 GB of OCZ Reaper RAM, and a PCI-E Sata 3...
Pros: -Reliable -Lot of Sata ports -OC very good -Xeon compatible with modded BIOS -Still able to keep up
Cons: -Sata 2 unless you use Sata 3 card -8GB max RAM -Outdated by todays standards, but still running strong
Pros: Excellent Bios, allows you to OC very easily and monitor all things going on within the computer Have had this Mobo over 5 years and have never had an issue with it, very stable and solid throughout. Onboard sound is above average, have been able to use it and get a decent sound without buying a ...
Summary: I wish I my newer rig was this stable, maybe it's Windows 8.1, who knows.
Pros: I have had this board up and running with 16gb RAM, an Intel Q9650 proc, dual 150gb raptor drives in RAID 0 for the boot drive and dual 9600GT video cards running 3 monitors for over 6 years now. Great setup and it keeps on running strong. Running Windows 7.
Summary: Used with 8GB ram and E8400/Q85\8400 Intel.
Pros: Had this board this 2009 and have zero issues. Everything is still 100% functioning.
Cons: There are plenty of things I could have wished this board had but then I shouldn't have bought it if I wanted those things right? But the stand out is no Nvidia SLI. At the time I didn't care because I was running Crossfire. But later I ended up using a hack to get SLI. But that's a long story....
Summary: I dont plan to upgrade MB anytime soon but would love to try out Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD. However, I'm not sure how much extra performance I would gain and if it would justify the cost.....probably not.
Pros: If you have this MB and are looking to upgrade to SSD SATA3 consider this; Just upgraded to SATA III with inexpensive controller from SYBA SD-PEX40054 based on Marvell chipset purchased here on newegg. Works great, SSD speed has doubled in ATTO benchmark with latest drivers from SYBA to 526/532 M...
Cons: Bios screen when set in AHCI RAID mode (SSD mode) taking too long to load in my opinion, slowing overall pc boot time. I was never able to reasonably OC this with Q9550 C0 and Muschkin 1066 memory, otherwise a solid performer for my needs.
Summary: This motherboard is a feature-rich and is a good, solid, tough piece of engineering. A Core2 Quad Q9550 CPU was overclocked and stayed stable without any degradation (no uptick in voltage) for 5 years (3.61 GHz @ 1.268V).
Pros: - Tough and durable board as their advertising indicates - No signs of degradation - Has older connectors for legacy devices - Tons of features - Stays cool
Cons: - BIOS settings have some limitations (if you overclock a lot like I do with several CPUs over the years) but not bad enough to drop an egg - A little finicky with overclocking memory (and somewhat limited options in BIOS)
Pros: I have had this board for roughly 3 yrs. I bought it used. I have been running my Q9550 at 3.91 ghz for 2 of those 3 years and the board is still Rock Solid. Paired with a GTX 780 and my 8 GB of GSkill RAM, I don't plan on upgrading for a while yet. This board and setup may not keep up with the n...
Cons: none. even if an overclock doesn't work this board will still easily let you in the Bios to let you try it again.