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Pros: -bios updates are refreshing - download the latest bios onto a usb and update from uefi, no os needed.
-this is my 3rd asus board in the last 8 months and i can't believe asus is pulling me away from my favorite hackintoshable gigabyte.
-at first i was worried about the daughter board being too high to fit in an itx m350 case, but it works out very well and doesn't even move close to touching the case.
Cons: -there is a 2nd auto bios update method, but you must first install an os then install the program so when you push the bios update button located on the back panel it will bypass the bios and os; it will just download the latest bios and install. this method for me is a little scary and feels more tedious/dangerous because the only indicator of a completed update is a blinking light (so says the manual).
-there was a sticker on the box saying it is windows 8 ready... sadly the fine print says "bios update required"
-asus driver cd install program will not run under windows 8, but can be manually installed
Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard wanting to build the smallest mobile powerhouse computer i could. I put this mobo into an itx m350 case wanting to get a 160W pico psu which does 200W peek power. I tested this with win 8, average usage (internet, documents, blah) drew a satisfying 65W with an ivy i7k all mobo features enabled including power saving functions. Fired up prime95 and furmark to max out the i7 and hd4000; got 186W. For this power test i used a 400W non 80plus psu so I could find out what my worst case scenario would be. So... with overclocking i would kill the picopsu... therefore i'm going to mod a platimax.
My setup atm runs really hot, only because the only fan i'm using is the stock cpu cooler which fits flush with the top of the case. (yes more fans will be ordered)
i am very happy with this board
Pros: wonderful board, hardware is amazing.
Cons: Extra Software from Asus sucks. A bios update was released and the AI Suite decided to kick me out of my game so it can tell me theres an update. I'm busy killing things i can update later! After i got booted, i tried to get back into my game and it was locked. I lost my game save because of that. Thanks Asus. Do NOT install Asus's AI Suite II.
Other Thoughts: time to rebuild without installing this junkREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Kingston SSDNow S100 16GB 2.5" SATA II Industrial Solid State Disk SS100S2/16G
Pros: Very Fast
Cons: Died on day 88.
Other Thoughts: Purchased this drive for a pfSense setup, worked great until it died. Should have listened to the other reviewers that said this happened. If you can get a different model.READ FULL REVIEW