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Pros: -3 year warranty
-no legacy stuff, this is 2013
-posts BIOS fast, visual BIOS is sleek
-nice color scheme, if you care
-decent price for 7 series/unlocked
-I like Intel's bundled software (minus McAfee AV trial)
-Ubuntu 12.04 runs great but kernel must be updated to 3.5.x if running Ivy Bridge graphics. HDMI+audio works great "out of the box"
Cons: -why bother with the old keyboard/mouse port?
-wish they included high current USB 2 ports like they have on the Q series
-CPU socket very close to RAM socket
Other Thoughts: very happy with my decision to go with this board. My previous DAW (music workstation) was giving me trouble due to shared IRQ between the built in firewire and graphics/SATA controller. One of those things you find out after you buy and build, and find out you can't change IRQ's these days.
Decided to ditch the old PCI interfaces and switched to this board, the thought of no legacy controllers to mess things up attracted me to it, and I was right. dual booting Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04, both running super smooth and responsive without a single issue with drivers or compatability issues.
If you plan on running Ubuntu and integrated Ivy Bridge graphics, you must update the Kernel to 3.5.x (easiest way is right thru Synaptic package manager) or you will have kernel lockups.
Not sure if I'll ever need to OC this, due to the lack of jazzy pretty heat sinks on the power mosfets I'm not sure why Intel unlocked this board, or what it is even marketed for. Maybe the technology has advanced enough that you dont need all those pretty heat sinks. I'm ready tho with a 3570K CPU.
If you plan to use a tall/wide CPU cooler, you may run into clearance issues with the RAM, especially if you use RAM with tall heat spreaders. I am using the Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 and it hangs right over the closest RAM socket, although if I installed a 3rd and 4rth RAM stick, it WILL barely fit right under it, ONLY if I install the RAM before the CPU cooler.
Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 CPU cooler
GSkill Ares 1600MHZ CL8 2x4GB (anodized blue matches this board perfectly)
Samsung 840 series 120GB SSD
WD Black 640GB
Rosewill Green series 530W PSU
Rosewill 1394a/PCIe adapter w/ VIA chip
Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit
Built for mid-level music production, light gaming. working out just fine using integrated HD4000 graphics, not even OC'd
This review is from: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, SLI & Crossfire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with AMD APU & Intel Core i7,i5,i3" Power Supply
Pros: nearly INAUDIBLE fan- so quiet (very good for DAW)
plenty of airflow/ runs super cool
very stable and accurate voltages still read the same after a year
survived many outages and brownouts
nice wire sleeves, no short wires
Cons: none whatsoever other than costs a little more than someREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: plug and play with intel dp43gag (even tho this board is running them at 1333mhz)
running over a year no issues, memtested fine upon install and again a year later
Other Thoughts: nice to see that gskill customer support is checking out these reviews. thats what makes a company good.READ FULL REVIEW