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Pros: This board has everything an enthusiast / overclocker could possibly want. On paper it's the best AM3+ motherboard on the market.
Cons: The only technical fault I have is that the bundled software is useless.
That is not why it gets 1 star. It gets 1 star because it's unreliable and ASUS warranty service is nonexistent.
Other Thoughts: I bought my first Crosshair V from Newegg. It worked great for 14 months then died with an F.F. error code.
I couldn't be without a computer while I waited for ASUS customer service to take their sweet time getting me a replacement, so I bought a second one from Newegg. That one was DOA; Newegg as usual came through with flying colors and gave me a prompt refund.
Meanwhile ASUS finally shipped me a package back. It was the exact same motherboard with a receipt that said "Repaired". Hooked it up - still gives F.F. error code. Did another BIOS reset. Still broken. All the components were pulled from a working system. I've got a degree in Computer Engineering and have building and repairing computers for 25 years. I know what I'm doing.
Another series of calls to ASUS warranty service, more runaround, more wasted time. Still no replacement motherboard or refund check. Next step is to take $25 down to the courthouse and sue ASUS for consumer fraud in small claims court. If their legal department is as incompetent as their customer service department I should have no problem getting triple damages.
Pros: Low cost, Low power consumption (<10watts at full load), small form factor, silent fanless design.. Adequate performance for most tasks except hard-core gaming. Supports 2 displays.
Cons: Only 1 USB3 port (out of 3 total).
Have to change a BIOS setting to get it to run Windows 7 or Linux.
Documentation is sparse
Other Thoughts: Use the *EXACT* RAM specified, If you don't use LOW VOLTAGE (1.35V) PC-1333 RAM, it won't turn on. Put in the right RAM and it will. Both the voltage and the speed have to be exactly correct. I suspect that a large number of the "DOA" claims and "1" ratings are from people who simply did not buy the right RAM.
It has no problems with 8GB if it is the correct speed and voltage.
Pros: The last hurrah for the venerable AM3+ platform.
5MHz clock speed in burst mode.
At $250, the price/performance ratio is unbeatable even when you do factor in a premium heatsink.
Cons: Generates insane amounts of heat. The stock AMD AM3+ copper-bottom air cool heatsink won't cool this beast; a heavy duty heat sink is required (preferably water cooling) and even then it runs hot.
It does have built-in thermal throttling which drops the clock rate when it reaches a pre-set threshhold, so it's safe to run, but if you want to get the full benefit of this CPU you need serious cooling.
Basically, this chip is overclocked out of the box, so of you're looking for something that you can tweak, forget it. It's already pushing the limits.
Other Thoughts: This is my 3rd AM series CPU over a stretch of 7 years. It's pretty amazing how well AMD has kept the platform relevant and competitive.
I'm a little annoyed that Newegg dropped the price by 25% a week after I bought mine, but that's life.