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Pros: Fast and simple install. Runs cool. Runs fast.
Cons: Usual poor Intel cooler.
Other Thoughts: This thing screams. Windows 7 64-bit "Windows Experience" rated this at 7.9, which was the max rating. It runs cool and stable, rocking my photo editing rig.
The only thing I don't like is the stock cooler. They just never seem to want to fully lock in. Check it, check it again, check it one more time, and check it again before you button up the case.
This review is from: Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM
Pros: Does the job
Other Thoughts: Not much to say other than this stuff works better than the stock heat transfer goop that comes with the stock cooler. If you've just got one or two CPU's to install, grab this. It's cheap insurance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good price, USB 3, plenty of SATA ports, supports 4 RAM chips, on-board video and audio, on-board LAN, plenty of USB ports internal and external. Includes 2 locking SATA cables. Supports advanced configurations and overclocking.
Cons: Minor configuration issues. USB seems a bit squirrelly, but I suspect a BIOS update will resolve. SATA seems to drop the DVD now and then. Again, suspect a BIOS update needed. RAM detects at a lower speed than rated, but can manually bump it up. Tight fit of RAM at the CPU cooler.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a good entry level board for your i5, i7 CPU. I'm running with the Haswell i5 and it POSTED perfect first time.
The USB does seem to be a bit flaky, but a BIOS update will probably resolve it. Any of the minor inconveniences alone wouldn't be a big deal, but all combined it's worth dinging a couple of stars.
I would like to have seen more SATA cables included as 2 simply isn't enough, but like most geeks I have a drawer full of SATA cables, so I dug into my stash.
The RAM slots are *very* close to the CPU. I'm running the stock Intel cooler, but depending on the size of what cooler you're running, you might not be able to fit the RAM in there against it. My RAM chips have large heat spreaders and they fit ... barely.