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Pros: So, after 4 years of use this little router is still going strong. The biggest Pro is that it's still working when I've never had the hardware of any other router last this long.
We have 3 wired connections and 6 wireless connections always on. Add in 2-6 wireless in and out every day and it handles all of them perfectly.
For those of you so inclined, this router ~IS~ Open-WRT compatible.
Cons: You MUST have the latest factory firmware for it to work properly. You can flash it yourself. But without the latest firmware it's a nightmare of dropped connections, bad 5Ghz signal and 2.4Ghz not channel hopping to avoid interference. Having to reset daily, etc. You can find the latest firmware on the Asus website.
The 5Ghz signal is exceptionally weak. 50ft line of sight if NO obstructions. Each wall takes 10 feet out.
Pros: OC Genie does what it says.
Cons: I am now RMAing my second board. Both of them will, as MSI puts it, LOCK UP/HANG UP/FREEZE. It starts off random and infrequent, then progresses to constant and unavoidable.
I've owned this board type since November. I've switched every other piece of hardware used with it and it still does the same.
I bought a different board (ASRock) already and will just sell off the returned board after the RMA. I'm done. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I can't afford to have another bad board that with all it's freezing and reboot loops will fry my SSDs or CPU.
Other Thoughts: i5-3570K @ stock and @ 4.2 with OC Genie
16GB Dominator GT 2133
Pros: It looks good.
Cons: So after a month of using this Mobo, it's giving me nothing but troubles. I installed it with an Intel i5-3570k (stock only, no OC), 16GB of Corsair Dominator GT 2133mhz, and a Diamond brand AMD HD5870. After several bios updates and "Live Update" updates, it keeps crashing.
Not so much "crashing" as completely freezing. I mean everything. USB turns off, mouse and keyboard don't respond. Screen freezes (still showing whatever was there). Audio cuts off.
I'm going to have to RMA this board, because it is now 41 days since I bought it. This is a HUGE disappointment.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this from another site, but Newegg has better visibility for reviews.
I hate the idea of RMA... what am I supposed to do while it's gone?