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Pros: Easy install under Windows 7 in a custom-built desktop PC.. Has worked reliably for over a year.
Cons: None to date.
Other Thoughts: A bargain at this price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board features a remarkable number of adjustments available through the BIOS, plus an excellent software add-on that allow tweaking through Windows. With the right hardware, it runs exceptionally fast and cool.
Cons: The IDE interface will not work with older products.
Since there's no built-in graphics interface, you can't use the CPU's built-in graphics feature. The good news is that you can skip Intel CPUs with 3000 level integrated graphics in favor of the cheaper 2000 level and put the difference into a high-end graphics adapter.
Other Thoughts: Though clearly marketed toward the gaming community, my primary goal was to build a high-end workstation for graphics and photography apps. I came upon this board by process of elimination, mainly because I wanted to recycle some older IDE/EIDE drives, as well as use the PS/2 mouse and keyboard connections with a KVM switch. This is one of the few modern boards that offers these features.
Ironically, the MB would not recognize my (circa 2003) Plextor DVD burner, apparently because some instructions were missing from the firmware. I ended up buying a new LG burner, with an SATA interface, for $20.
Regardless, I'd still recommend this board for a high-end PC build. If you're into silent PC, it's very easy to under-clock the CPU to cut-down on energy use and heat output. Actually, I just use the automatic feature that's built into the Fatal1ty F-Stream Tuning utility. At idle, my fully-loaded rig draws only 40 watts at the wall. Even under an intense load, it rarely draws 60W.
Pros: Basic functions work as advertised, as long as you stick to the ones onboard.
Cons: Does not like high-end after market add-on cards (keeps crashing).
Built-in heat sink and fan are completely inadequate and the BIOS Hardware Monitor reports CPU temps of up to 60 degress C. If you buy this board, replace the HS/fan with a Swiftech MCX-159-CU heatsink. It's tricky to remove the old one, but the Swiftech will lower the CPU temp by 20 degrees C, bringing it down to the high 30's or low 40's Celsius.
Other Thoughts: Attracted by the two PCI slots and low power consumption, I bought this MB / CPU combo to built a PVR. The idea was to use a high-end graphics card (Sapphire 9250) and Hauppauge hardware-encoding video card to do most of the work, while the VIA CPU cruised in the background.
Unfortunately, with these cards installed, using even the most basic programs (Windows Media PLayer, Internet Explorer), as well as add-ons (BeyondTV 4), would cause the OS to crash and reboot, making the whole affair useless for its intended purpose.
Basically, it's a good board that should only be used within it's limited functions. It's probably ok as an Internet Radio receiver or for basic web surfing and word processing. Not a speed demon, but adequate for those tasks.