Excellent board for 'Hackintosh' or general-to-high-performance computing
10 January 2013
Summary: I bought this product because I read that it was one of the best MBs for building a 'Hackintosh', although I ended up not building one for other technical reasons. Maybe in the future. The support of up to 32GB of ram was a big selling point also and SATA 3 (I had a SATA 3 drive in my old system, but the MB only had SATA 2 - What a difference in speed!) Great board!
Pros: Z77 chipset with Realtek audio and atheros Ethernet is very hackintosh friendly. Lion install was easy with unibeast/multibeast method. I'm running Win7 too (on a mSATA ssd plugged straight into the motherboard). It's working well with an i7-2700k and 16gb corsair ram. I'm still at F4 bios. Board not as deep as most ATX boards. This made case install easier, but makes board flex more when plugging stuff into internal motherboard ports and headers.
Cons: I wish it had more USB ports on the backplate. I had to get backplate brackets to use the motherboard headers for USB. Also on board spdif only 2 pin for connection to graphics card or coaxial digital out. There is no optical out for sound.
Pros: You can install OSX Lion just as easy as Windows 7 with this board. No special DSDT or other hacks required. Literally just boot from the thumb drive and enjoy Lion. I have it set to dual boot into either windows 7 or lion at the moment. Check tonymacx86.com for more info on this great board.
Cons: Not many extra fancy ports! I wish it had a few more Sata ports as I have 2 hard drives I can't even connect! Had to sacrifice some things to get the board recommended by everyone for my OSX wants.