Summary: First issue, the on board sound card is broken, there is no sound output from the board what so ever. I bought a sound card, didn't work all I got was static, tried installing the drivers on the website, no good still no sound. Windows tells me basically nothing is plugged in when there is.
DON'T UPDATE BIOS USING THE EXE ON THE WEBSITE. CALL THEM AND HAVE THEM EMAIL THE BIOS IMAGE FILE
6 August 2014
Summary: I was happy with this for about a year, until I wanted to switch to a RAID 0 dual SSD drive setup for the boot. The version BIOS it came installed with was bugged (widely documented issue online), where once it was set to boot RAID mode, it wouldn't allow other options (CD, USB, etc).
Summary: I had some high expectations for this component, and I was sadly let down. I install into my system, with everything plugged in correctly, everything where it's meant to be, but it wouldn't power on.
Summary: I tried everything I could think of to get this to work, swapped out other hardware, verified that everything was connected correctly, did the external setup with just CPU/heatsink and PSU attached, still would not post. Power worked, fans would spin up but the monitor would never show anything.