Date Joined: 04/27/09
Pros: A ton of overclocking potential; northbridge has waterblock for custom cooling loop
Cons: UEFI/BIOS will not allow me to boot ANY drives (SDD, HDD, optical, etc) and thus I cannot install an OS! Documentation is poor with no OLED display codes explained; Have not heard back from Asrock tech support and am incredibly disappointed.
Overall Review: I am hoping that their tech support department contacts me soon, but the word on the street is that their tech support sucks. I hope they prove me wrong.
Pros: Room for 2.5" HDD in addition to a 3.5" HDD. Just small enough to fit in my entertainment center.
Cons: Most importantly is lack of air flow. It has two "cut outs" for 50mm fans, but they are blocked by the left and right ends of the PSU thus are useless. only airflow comes from small PSU fan. Front fascia is ridiculously thin/flimsy and hence feel extremely cheap. I kept feeling like I was going to break the cheezy thing during the build.
Overall Review: If you are planning to run an Atom processor, then you will probably not require much cooling. My rig, however, has a E7300 C2D @ 2.66ghz/65watts being cooled by a GELID Slim Silence CPU fan/heatsink w/Nvidia GF9300 chipset. This got EXTREMELY hot in this case.
Pros: An seemingly excellent package of a micro-ATX board crammed with goodies for a fine, single GPU gaming PC. Plenty of ports & slots along with support for 1066mhz DDR2 RAM which is hard to find on a micro-ATX board
Cons: The board operated well for about three months when suddenly, it died. I'm going to RMA and hope that Asus comes through although I have not heard good things about their RMA dept. We will see.
Overall Review: While it's possible that my situation is isolated, I have seen other reviews on this board sharing the same issue. All I can say is that for three months, it was a fine board. Now I'm sitting here on an old P3 machine typing this review.