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Pros: Looks good. UEFI is offers great features and is easy to navigate. No stupid sata express. I really don't like that standard. Intel NIC. Overclocking is stupid simple.
Doesn't have a third pci-e 3.0 x16 slot, which means the bottom 2.0 x16 slot is actually usable in an nvidia SLI setup. Other manufacturers make it so that an SLI setup has just one usable pci-e x1 slot between both GPUs (since big cpu heatsinks usually block the top one). Although, because of this boards M.2 implementation you still have only one extra expansion slot, being that bottom 2.0 x16 slot.
Benchmarks show better usb 3.0 and sata transfer speeds on this board than other gaming boards.
Cons: For this price, Asus really needs to put some of that ROG armor on these things. It's so top heavy because of the heatsinks that the whole thing constantly feels like it's about to break in half flexing all over the place. Why is there no bluetooth or wifi at this price level?
Competitors offer about double the usb 3.0 ports and for cheaper prices.
Most other boards disable some of the sata ports in order to support the M.2 slot. This motherboard keeps them on, but disables all other expansion slots, except the bottom 2.0 x16 slots and cuts it's bandwidth down. I would've preferred disabling some sata ports and having more options for expansion on the motherboard, especially since it doesn't have bluetooth or wifi built in and has the minimum number of supported usb 3.0 ports.
On board audio is nothing special. My asus essence stx still destroys it in terms of audio quality.
Other Thoughts: I went with Asus because my last two motherboards have been Asus and have never given me problems. I went with the ROG because of the color scheme and how ugly their regular boards look. The red is not nearly as bright as the pictures here on newegg make it seem to be. Matches just fine with MSI's Gaming red.
Set this with an i7 4790k with a Noctua NH-U14S cooler, 16GB of G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series ram, two MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming gpus, and an Asus Essence STX sound card. All inside a HAF X with a Corsair AX1200i.
The Noctua cooler doesn't block ram, but it does block the first pci-e x1 slot.
Overall it's a very good motherboard, but I can't help but feel that you're paying about a $50 premium just for the Asus ROG name. Other directly competing gaming motherboards from MSI and Gigabyte are not only cheaper, but have more features than this one does.
Pros: Fit perfectly into the 200mm slots of a HAF X. Quiet. Move a lot of air.
Other Thoughts: Used it as a replacement for one of the stock 200mm fans that came with the case as it started making some terrible noises.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very quiet. Great cooling. Great build quality. Doesn't block ram slots.
Cons: Noctua fans are so ugly.
Other Thoughts: Installed on an i7 4790k and an asus maximus vii hero. This thing is pretty massive. Make sure you have enough room in your case.READ FULL REVIEW