Simple with no extras
Pros: This was almost exactly what I was looking for in a motherboard. No built-on sound, limited built-on video, dual gigabit NIC, and 8 SATA ports. After running for a week, everything seems solid running Windows 8. The UEFI was different to deal with, but kind of cool. My RAM is running at 1.35V with the correct timings, so in my opinion this board is very good. Wish I could utilize some more of the Q87 chipset features like remote console over Ethernet (haven't figured out how to do that yet).
Cons: The only thing I've had a problem with is understanding some of the BIOS settings. The majority are your normal BIOS settings, but some have different acronyms than I'm used to seeing and the manual doesn't really explain anything about the settings.
Other Thoughts: If you're using RAID 5 on an Intel RST motherboard, DO NOT install Windows 8.1. You will get frequent BSODs. I installed WIn8.1 before I got this motherboard (on an H57 chipset board) and got a BSOD about every 15 minutes when my RAID 5 was plugged in. Tried new drivers, but nothing helped... Tried installing Win8.1 on my new board and got the EXACT same behavior. Even tried wiping the drives and rebuilding the array, but that didn't help either. So it's not he board's fault... It's Microsoft's and Intel's problem. I'm back to running Win8 without issues (side note... Start8 is worth $5 to make Win8 good).
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