Summary: I might have taken a star off for the broken HD activity LED but this board is getting such bad reviews for no reason that I can figure out and believe it needs a ratings boost. It's probably relevant that the boards I received came with the latest firmware out-of-box.
Pros: I've been running 4 of these boards for more than 3 months now without any instability at all. Two of the machines are on 24/7 and never need rebooting unless I'm installing new software. One of the always-on machine is a BT seedbox and HTPC. The other always-on machine is an HTPC and gaming mach...
Cons: 1 of the 4 boards had a broken HD activity LED.
Summary: I build a ITX box for my day to day machine and for taking to LAN parties. Have previously had a huge tower for home and a gaming capable laptop. Got tired of having to maintain versions of applications on two computers and both units were starting to get old and slow.
Pros: Small, lots of features, has sata 3, usb 3 and virtually every other port you could possibly use.
Cons: Overclocking options are scattered over several pages. Hopefully this will be improved over time with future BIOS updates.
Summary: I don't have the right power connectors on my power supply for the this motherboard. The MB has an 8 pin connector (CPU) and my power supply has a 4 pin connector. The manual was not clear on if you could run with just the 4 pin connector.
Pros: What a fantastic mini Itx board . It's a board I would suggest that people consider if they're wanting a small Z68 platform with a lot of features and speed. My setup is : LUXA2 LM100 Mini Itx Case Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8...
Cons: Poor OC options The manual was not clear on if you could run with just the 4 pin connector. ( yes you can )
Summary: do some research, the bios was initially basic, but once updated you have the option to change multiplier, v core, grphics voltage and memory settings. the bios was released evem before item became available. so those complaint were addressed
Pros: overclocks easy up to beyond 5.0 ghz(2500k),but i settled to 5.0, too fast already, ram recognized easy at 2133, low power, fast boot , intel rapid storage very impressive.
Cons: need to update bios, august 2011 at zotac site. download, read instruction and update from windows.
Summary: People seem to be comparing this board to boards that are literally three times its size and have three times as many power phases.... why? Why compare the overclocking capabilities of this microscopic board to giant Z68 boards?
Pros: This is a fantastic board! I have none of the issues described by some people around the net (buzzing issues, ddr slot problems, etc). My board has no buzzing, is very stable, and runs great!
Cons: My case is tiny and hard to work in with this tiny board :)
Summary: Buy the Shuriken ZZ it fits perfect on the mobo. You can even run it without the fan and use the big case fan if combining this with the SG07 if you don't overclock!
Pros: Amazing little board ONCE you flash to current Beta BIOS. Fits nicely in my Silverstone SG07. Sips power while still allowing for plenty of graphics horsepower with my 480 GTX (yes it fits).
Cons: Be careful what CPU cooler you buy! After researching online I bought the Shuriken Rev B but this CPU cooler will only fit if you have RAMs that don't have heat sinks, otherwise you have to spin the cooler and it will overshadow and make the PCI-e useless. The Egg didn't have any in stock as this...
Summary: Lots of features, reasonable price, reliable, works great. There are some bad points about this board: - Displayport adapter is needed for VGA/DVI monitor connections on CPU built in graphics.