Summary: Fixed the TPM issue by installing the software, activating the chip with the software, reinstalling Windows, then turning on the TPM. Then it was fine, oh, and the NICs began to go, eventually with Windows first, then with every other operating system. Linux Mint lasted the longest....
Pros: It was very affordable when I bought it last September and fast! On board sound is good for most intentions
Cons: None really, had a bit of an issue with the TPM not being compatible.
Summary: I'm sad. This motherboard seems to be dying. I do not have money for another one. Should have bought something else. :[
Pros: Functioned flawlessly for a few months, affordable.
Cons: After a bit of use, the network adapter often stops working. Also exhibits the same behavior other users described: USB devices begin dropping out in repeated bursts, at which time the network adapter dies completely. Forces you to restart your computer.
Summary: Who has been able to get someone from Intel to talk to them?
Pros: Everything works exceptionally well -- EXCEPT FOR THE SOUND! I would like to get the sound working properly before I attempt fiddling with the clocks.
Cons: NO SOUND! Realtek HD audio simply doesn't work. I've used Intel's audio troubleshooter, I've updated drivers with both Intel's website and with Realtek's website and I've installed Realtek's ALC892 CODEC -- Nothing helps. Nothing from the motherboard's rear jacks or from the Antec case's front he...
Summary: This motherboard in combination with a 77W Core i5 and SSD make for a fast yet quiet workstation that is the envy of users in the office that haven't gotten theirs yet.
Pros: Legacy DB9 serial connector (we're still stuck with it but it's a good ol' stable standard), dual monitor support, fanless bridge, color-coded connectors, and the charge-only USB connectors were a nice touch.
Cons: Intel's heat sink and fan mounting infrastructure is not nearly as robust as AMD's.
Summary: I have two of these boards. One is running pfSense and the other ESXi. As a pfSense appliance this board does a lot. It's probably overkill but it's incredibly expandable and I'll never be able to saturate the chipset with four Gbit connections. ESXi runs incredibly well on this board.
Excellent motherboard for a UNIX / Linux workstation build
Matthew N., Newegg
4 April 2013
Summary: . Just as a pro-tip for anyone considering this board for Linux, I highly recommend you update to the latest BIOS available for this board from Intel's Download Center, as various issues with Power Management and MTRR are resolved.
Pros: . - Supports UNIX and GNU/Linux operating systems right out of the box. - Packs a nice feature set, given the MicroATX form-factor. - Due to the business-class Q77 chipset, the lone PCI slot is natively supported. - Robust build quality which is designed to last for years. - Intel's excellent war...
Cons: . - Intel is exiting the motherboard business after Haswell. - The mSATA port is wired to a SATA II (3 Gbps) bus.
Summary: I hope Intel copies this board with the next tick of the I7 chip.
Pros: Board works great. Everything just worked with no tricks needed to get the install working. Installed one with Win8 64 pro. Other with Windows Server. This board has serial header that I needed for some old hardware that does not like USB to serial converters. Good choice of options to cover a lo...
Summary: As is typical with Intel motherboards, this design is a solid, no-nonsense design. However, that doesn't mean it skimps on features. (Check the specs for details.) One thing I'm impressed with is how clean the BIOS configuration interface is.
Pros: Good feature set. Has a mini PCIe port. Lots of I/O options. Great BIOS interface.
Cons: No vga connector, must use the included adapter. Not a big problem, admittedly.
Summary: The USB mouse issue only seems to occur with wireless mice. I tried a wired USB mouse and the problems mentioned under Cons did NOT occur. Other than this, I'm very happy with the board, and hopeful that a driver update from Intel will eventually fix this issue.
Pros: -Solid, feature-filled production workstation board at a fair price. -Nice BIOS layout. Simple, intuitive, and detailed. -I like the fine-toothed control you have over all three fan headers. Under all but the highest workloads, the fans hum along quietly at 30% of their rated speeds, barely audib...
Cons: There are some USB issues. Wireless USB mice (I've tested three, two Microsoft brand and one Logitech) get jumpy during high cpu activity, and become completely unresponsive when I plug a SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive into any USB 3.0 port (front or rear). This does not happen when I p...