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Pros: Features, especially the ability to have 2 video cards run in PCI-E X 16. Most when you run 2 cards you have to run them in 16/8 or 8/8 but this one has the ability to run 16/16.
Cons: Just a very poor motherboard. Can't be sure if it's this one bad board or these boards are just poorly made/engineered because I have gotten over a year, and in fact can still use the board.
But things don't work right. When running two Nvidia cards in SLI mode, things get weird. The board physically located in PCI-EX16_1 gets labeled the number 2 board in Nvidia software, while the board physically located in PCI-EX16_2 gets labaled number 1. Tried switching them, uninstalling, reinstalling, clean reinstalling Nvidia, etc., always the same. Both cards work, but when my HDMI is located in the board labeled number 2 (physically in the number one slot) I get no BIOS screen, and only get a picture once Windows comes up. When I switch the cable to the card physically located in slot number 2 (labeled number 1), I get BIOS screen, but then no pic when Windows loads.
I have 4X8GB memory sticks. When I put two sticks in, I get 16GB memory recognized. When I put the other two sticks in (replacing the original two), I get 16GB memory recognized. When I put all four sticks in, I STILL get 16GB memory recognized, despite running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
Loses CMOS settings every so often, and then won't reboot. Have to go through the process of loading the default CMOS to get reboots, then go into BIOS and make desired changes. Has happened four times in this year plus.
Front panel setup seems to be wrong. For example, my front panel power LED and HD Busy LED lights always just flash, in unison. Every computer I've ever owned the power LED stays on as long as the computer is on, and the HD Busy light only lights when the HD is, you know, busy. I've checked, double checked, triple checked, and quadruple checked the wiring, and it's right according to the manual as far as positive and negatives are concerned.
Also doesn't recognize on board graphics at times and freezes on boot up. Sometimes when I would troubleshoot and try things with the problems described above regarding video cards, I would remove stuff all the way down to CPU, CPU fan, PSU, and memory and see if things will post. It does at times, and at others it won't because it doesn't recognize graphics display as present. This was explained to me by the beep codes from ECS Support. It has an LED indicator with error codes in the manual (manual that came with the MB didn't have them, had to go online to find them). When it doesn't boot, I get all sorts of different readings on that LED indicator where it freezes. Often it's the same, but quite often I just get different ones.
Purchased two new Nvidia 760 cards to take advantage of the PCI-EX16 3.0 (have been running two 560ti's in SLI mode). Will not boot with either one installed. Don't believe for a second I got two bad cards from EVGA. This board simply won't boot with 760's.
Other Thoughts: All in all, I think I may just purchase a new board rather than RMA this one despite still being under warranty because I think this is just an inferior made board. Have self built several computers, and this is the worst motherboard I've come across. The BIOS is not user friendly and seems... clunky.
No, I'll never buy another ECS product. Still deciding whether to RMA this one or not. Leaning toward going ahead and RMA even if I decide to get another board just so they have to go through the expense. Maybe they'll do a better job of quality control if they have to do this often.