The best Motherboard for the 1156 socket , i7's and i5's
29 September 2011
Summary: I have 3 of these boards in 3 different set ups, one with an i7 820, and its a solid fast machine. Another with an i5 760 with 2 ATi5770's in Crossfire and it's an incredible gamer, and mine which is an i5 750 with 2 GTX 460's in SLi, I also have mine overclocked and running stable at 4GHz and running Corsair Dominator 1600MHz ram with timmings at 7-7-7-20.
Summary: Very nice MD, reliable, flexible, full featured. Stable 4GHz i7-875 overclock confirmed with Intel BurnTest is very good if not spectacular result, with memory running at 2000 via XMP profile (and no other tweaking!). Pros (many) +Processor and memory overclocking headroom +PCIe x16 slots allow for two high performance x8+ cards to operate simultaneously +Cell menu in BIOS, where you do your overclocking, has tremendous flexibility (Using 1.C0, aka 1.12, latest as of...
Summary: After months of picking different parts based on various reviews, finally settled on this motherboard. This thing has been solid since, with no problems at all. It should be worth mentioning, that the single x1 PCI-Express slots are unusable if you want to use a regular card. The cooling pipes around the CPU prevent that first one from being used, and the second slot is covered up by any decent video card (I have a single ATI x5770).
Summary: Excellent Mainboard with very nice OC settings.. manual or automatic. Not as picky as ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe for DDR3 memory compatibility. I will now purchase MSI over ASUS if future boards are built this well.
Summary: Very happy with this motherboard, it's got a ton of nifty features and improvements over past motherboards. The 1.4 BIOS that it shipped with is fine if you're just going to run a standard system, but if you're going to be overclocking this, I recommend updating to the latest version you can find, they've been making plenty of changes, I'm running a beta version of 1.6 at the moment.