Summary: I have older hardware, so I needed a mother board that could sustain it. This did the trick. Down side is the HD audio drivers. they seem to be sub-par. Other than that it's worked like a charm.
Summary: I bought This motherboard to replace another brand board that was powering my home server. After years of faithful service the old board died. I wanted the replacement motherboard to be able to use the core 2 quad that I paid a lot of money for when they first came out. It may not be the newest technology but it still holds its own.So far this motherboard is doing very well.I am running windows vista on it since I had a copy of it laying around that we never really used.
Summary: Microsoft hasn't impressed me with their motherboards thus far. But this one is a good, solid Motherboard. It has no overclocking options, which makes it less usefull for gamers, but this board is solid.
Summary: This board, along with a Core2 Quad Q6600, 6GB RAM, Windows XP Professional x64, processor performed outstanding this last and final year of college. In pursuit of a B.A in CIS Programming I was using Visual Studio, Adobe CS3, MSSQL, WampServer which require increased performance from the system. The above setup not only ran the systems flawlessly it ran them two monitors, and 5.1 audio, all at the same time--never missing a beat.
Summary: Great for a budget PC. Sturdy Intel design and user friendly drivers. Good warrenty and customer service Pros: Supported by Intel, Easy driver installs, all the standard features you would need. Plenty of space. Tons of USB ports/headers. Cheap! Wide support of ram types and companies. Various bus speeds. Cons: No PS2 ports ( not much of a problem anymore ) Limited PCI slots. Limited to no overlocking.
Summary: This motherboard is a great buy for casual users who are not thinking of overclocking or don't mind that only 1.8v memory seems to be the only way to max out your memory, the mother board does work as advertized. Works great with Core 2 Quad and 4 gig of memory, sound is acceptable. I found no problem with it, once I upgraded the bios, but I did have some problems with heat and bios malfunctions, once I downloaded and upgraged the bios all the problems where gone.
Summary: I have had this board running every day for over 9 months now (Enermax 720W, E6850, Mushkin DDR2-800, evga 8800GTX, Vista Premium 64, SATA RAID) and it's a real nice setup. Went together well. No overclocking, no major hassles. Sometimes I wish I had bought the D975BX2 instead so I could crank up my CPU. But that's just when I play Crysis ;) The SATA driver at Vista install is a pain. The driver comes on floppy, and the mobo has no legacy floppy support.
Core 2 Quad Motherboard from Intel that enforces big changes.
30 July 2007
Summary: This is quite a compact board and an essential for Core 2 Quad processors like the almighty Q6600. However this board has new standards that many users may find hard to agree with. The first is that it forces you to drop PS/2 connections (unless you get adapters) and the 3.5" Floppy is officially extinct with it. While it can handle IDE this is really built for SATA drives.