Summary: Never could make it past the BIOs screen. CPU was a working Core i7 from a previous build. Temperature readings said the Northbridge was running excessively hot. After being unable to even install an OS (Linux / Windows - didn't matter) because of the constant system locking.
It was pain to use FDD to upgrade BIOS, but you need to do it once
15 May 2012
Summary: Motherboard is great, works well with no issues under all stress tests initially and in my desktop since set up was finished. I like PciE x16 two slots, bandwidth is enough for video card (ATI Radeon 5770), network teaming, raid, VMs. They support 2 option for software RAIDs - Intel & Adaptec.
Summary: With the current offering of x58 MB this one stands out for several reasons. It does not sport any of the bling-bling you see on "eXtreme gam3r" products like crazy heat pipes (moving "teh heatz" whole 3" away!) and overclocking widgets.
Summary: I bought this on recommendation as a motherboard able to interface with high end graphics cards and my intel chip 980i. However, what the spec on the manufacturers site neglected to mention was only revision 2 of the board was compatible with my chip. I had revision 1. Old stock.