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Cons: Q-connector. Poor design and construction. While a convenient option in mind, I would be great if the connector pins didn't come out so easily, still cant use it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Ample Sata and USB 2/3 ports all around. Nice heatsink designs. Too bad ASUS doesn't make this in different color schemes(not a con). Got this on sale for about 10 bucks off.
Cons: Geeze, where do I start. It was a total nightmare from the get-go.
-3pin fan headders would have been nice. Chassis fan 3 and 4 are too close to the first PCIE slot. You'll need to remove the video card to reach them.
-Getting my ram to work properly. Auto wouldn't adjust the voltage properly, turned out that I had to up the voltage to 1.51v to stop it from freezing during Win7x64 installation.
*Using 4 Dimms for a total of 16GB
-Crossfire will not work for me AT ALL. I've tested all PCI-E slots, using one card at a time, and all slots work properly. I've done the proper steps for installation; the usual method of install GPU 1, Vid drivers, reboot, install 2nd card with the xfire bridge. Here's where it gets weird. With crossfire enabled through Catalyst Control Center, according to Furmark benchmark:
Detected GPU's (AMD CrossFire enabled, 2 GPU's)
-GPU 1: ATI Radeon HD 5870
-GPU 2: not avaliable
Now, with CF disabled it says:
-GPU 1:ATI Radeon HD 5870
-GPU 2:ATI Radeon HD 5870
Even with GPU shark it lists both cards with CF disabled, and with it enabled, it lists only one.
My previous board never had this problem.
-Onboard audio stopped working, and it's not even a week yet! Rear and Front out connections produce NO sound whatsoever. The realtek config utility comes on when plugging something in, but still no audio. For now until I can buy a sound card, I am forced to use my Earforce DSS optical device.
-Now lastly, thermal radar is a clustered mess. No options to change from Celsius to Ferinheight. No options to change to voltage control when using 3 pin fans. Looks like i'm back using my fan controller
Other Thoughts: NEVER getting another ASUS board again. Almost a $200 headache, and half a week of troubleshooting. The last ASUS board I had was for my P4 Northwood, and it's still working strong. Gave it to my brother, and he's still using it for one of this rigs.
Not sure if I received a dud, or a half D.O.A board in the mail.
I take it as quality has gone downhill...smh.
Pros: Great card. I now have a crossfire setup with this card as the primary, and my old Sapphire 5870 as gpu 2. I also noticed an increase in performance when I benchmarked this card by itself. It actually comes with a Crossfire bridge.
Cons: Anyway, no problems with the card yet. Ran furmark in crossfire mode for an hr or 2, and no problems.
Other Thoughts: I wish there were other shipping options, like USPS. It costs $20+ just to ship to my location by using Fedex or ups.READ FULL REVIEW