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Pros: This is an awesome Motherboard. I wound up buying it on a different site because newegg was sold out at the time.
The features on this motherboard are awesome! Plenty of tweaking and modifying features for both the technically advanced and newcomers like my self.
The ability for some one with little or no knowledge of Bios navigation to overclock with one button is amazing. You can choose between 3 different pre-loaded profiles of overclocking at the touch of a button.
Wireless is really nice too. Just be aware if you plan on gaming with a wireless connection make sure you have a good router.
Q-code is another awesome feature if you should have difficulty with something on your board there are numbers displayed in the upper right hand corner of the board that can easily be looked up in the manual that will let you know what the issue is.
Another great feature about this board is the bios flashback feature. It basically guarantees you can't mess up your board. All you need is the current version of the bios formatted correctly on a flash drive. Even if your board won't post all you have to have connected is the board power and CPU socket power, insert the flash drive and hold down the flash button on the back of the board for 3 seconds and it will begin downloading the bios update from the flash drive. You don't have to have the CPU or the Ram installed to do this. In fact, you have to do this before you install the CPU and the RAM. On the driver update on Asus's website it states you need to update the bios using the flashback or EZupdate BEFORE you install the CPU in order for the bios to be compatible with the 4th gen Haswell CPUs. If you do buy this make sure to check the drivers and everything prior to beginning building, a lot of people don't realize this has to be done first.
I could go on about the features of this board but just don't have the time.
Cons: Dosen't give blowies
Other Thoughts: I was hesitant to get this board at first because of the reviews on newegg; however, after my journey through many forums and more in depth research I decided to make the plunge, and I'm so glad I did. Lots of the reviews on here complain about socket pins being bent, mPCIe wireless card not working, or failure to boot, now I can expect that I'm sure there were a couple DOAs but come on. I read a review where a guy said the thing wasn't working and he listed his tech level at above average then says in the review its his first PC build. Are you kidding me?
Anyway this was my first PC build and I managed to have no problems as I did my research before my purchase making sure everything was compatible and what steps I had to do in what order prior to setup, even contacting Asus support a few times prior to my build. They were pretty good for the most part.
As for the problems other people were having, with the rare exception of factory damage, if CPU socket pins were bent they probably didn't install it correctly then blame the product. If the wireless card wasn't working for them, chances are they tried to install it after installing the mother board in the case, which is difficult, and bent a pin on it. It's not like a card and has several long thin pins, and it fits very closely to the heatsink.
If the motherboard failed to boot, chances are they didn't update the bios either via flashback or ezflash prior to installation of the CPU and RAM. In order for the bios to be compatible with the 4th generation Haswell CPUs you first have to update the bios either via flashback (which is an awesome feature) or EZ flash BEFORE you install the CPU and the RAM. Many do not know this but it says it on the update on Asus's website. If people did some research and took their time instead of just jaming things in it would probably turn out better. I was able to make everything function properly the first time and this was my first PC build, but I did my research.
This review is from: Kingwin ATS-W24 Anti-Static Wrist Strap w/ Grounding Wire
Pros: Good product does what its supposed to.
Other Thoughts: Actually barley even wound up using this. Just ran a humidifier in the room I was building in and just constantly discharged myself before touching any components.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Definitely awesome. A little pricey, but you usually get what you pay for and with this you definitely do.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: Something I though was cool that I don't remember seeing in any of the reviews, on the inside corners of the heat sink of the RAM it lights up little white LEDs. Thought that was pretty cool.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Stephen B.
Date Joined: 12/07/09
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