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Pros: I won't make this review long but it basically has everything you need in a motherboard and doesn't skimp on quality. You can spend more on a motherboard but at that point you'd be wasting money. The UD5 also has better features than the Gaming 5 at a similar price (Dual intel LAN, Power, reset button etc).
Other Thoughts: Every computer part can break and by looking at newegg reviews you might think it happens often but this is the place where people come to complain when that happens so you might as well ignore those reviews and just look useful user reviews because overall this board is solid and seems a lot more reliable than other Z170 motherboards on the market.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS AM1I-A AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Mini ITX, Decent price... ? I don't really care to post cons as the board is DOA and i'm pretty annoyed.
Cons: It turns on but black screen with no post or beeps. There's not even beeps if i remove the RAM.
Honestly no company is perfect when it comes to DOA's but Asus's customer support and RMA service is absolutely horrid. The responses from their representatives take a silly amount of time to respond most of the time and the actual RMA process takes forever and this is me speaking from two RMA experiences
MSI on the other hand is very similar to Asus in terms of quality but their customer support is about 1000x faster in both responses and actual RMA processing.
Luckily if you buy this board from Newegg and it's DOA they will offer a replacement but if it fails later on you will either have to deal with Asus's RMA service or just throw it in the trash and i would personally recommend the latter especially considering Asus makes you pay for the shipping.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: I don't even want to start because at the end of the day it's just a motherboard that did exactly what i wanted it to do and is very reliable. I purchased it in 2011 and it is now 2014 and is working flawlessly.
Cons: - Not enough fan headers
- Only one PCI-E X16 (X16, X8, X4) that only matters if you are using Crossfire but even then it's not that big of a deal.
- The looks might be a con. It depends on your taste.
- I originally had a Phenom X6 1055T @4.0Ghz and when i swapped to my FX-8320 the bios update went fine and everything but when i put in the FX-8320 it would boot but i got no display. After a LOT of troubleshooting i put back in my old Phenom and went into the bios and set "Load as Fail-safe defaults". Before i clicked "load optimized defaults") to reset the OC on my X6 before swapping. That is literally the only problem i've ever had with this mobo.
Other Thoughts: I don't even think this motherboard is available to buy anyone but i feel i should do the justice of writing it a good review since it's been good to me.
If you are looking for a AM3+ motherboard pickup the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5. It addressed both of my cons, It's black and looks great and has two PCI-E X16 lanes in case you want to do crossfire. It's also priced about $20 higher than what i paid for this but it's definitely worth it.