Joined on 03/03/05
Just to clarify
Pros: - Great looking board - SLI & Crossfire support - Power, reset, and cmos reset buttons on board - CPU code and temp LED - USB 3.0 x2 - External CMOS reset button - Tons of memory support - 3-way SLI (if you want it) - SATA ports point forward (great for cable management) I did not encounter any of the issues posted by other individuals, and am overall incredibly pleased with the board upon two installs. Will have to speak for stability after some time has passed, but I recommend this board so far.
Cons: - SATA ports point forward (may be an issue for some)
Overall Review: To the individual who was not able to find the frontal audio pinouts, they are located at the rear of the board next to the second PCI express slot. To the individuals who had trouble on boot and/or with flashing bios, I purchased two of these boards to rebuild by my wife's and my own systems and was able to boot them both the first time with my own i7 and a single stick of DDR3 - 1600. The bios update was just about one of the smoothest I have encountered as well. I cannot speak of any BSODs since this did not occur for me at all on either board, but there is no reason you should not update the bios anyhow. The CPU sits high on the board as is mentioned by another user, however, I did not find this to be any higher than the two boards I replaced, one being Gigabyte and the other Asus. The northbridge also sits a bit further from the CPU than I was used to, which did nothing but give more clearance for after market cooling.
Pros: - Incredible Highs and Mids. - Bass is good but somewhat lacking in comparison to the treble. - Fairly comfortable. - 90 degree plug adds strength. - Over a year of travel and heavy use and they show little to no wear or loss of sound quality.
Cons: - Depending on what you are listening to weak bass may be a big negative. - Pads aren't quite thick enough, especially for long use. - Ear-cups may be too small for some.
Overall Review: Overall these headphones have been great for me, though they aren't perfect. They are probably the best pair of headphones I have owned, though I have never spent more than a hundred dollars on them before. They almost seem flimsy in places but if you take care of them they can take some abuse; I have been using them heavily for over a year and they honestly look like new. Sound quality is very good in the highs and mids but the lows are somewhat lacking in comparison. The ear-cups are meant to be circumaural but if you have big ears they may crush them. The back of my ears are pushed a little from inside the ear cup so for those who cannot tolerate headphones that touch your ears at all, these are not for you.