Joined on 08/31/10
I like the clip on fan.
Pros: This is quite a bang for your buck! This really is quite a compliment for Asus boards. I didn't even realize the fans have 4 blue LEDs, looks really sick. On my board, the fans sit directly next to the processor fan and help keep my Phenom II x6 nice and cool. PERFECT compliment for the poor stock heatsink and fan assembly that comes with the x6. Great thinking G-Skill!
Overall Review: I don't consider these cons because my board is similar to but is not one of the boards these are advertised as SPECIFICALLY designed for. These chips are kind of wide... On my micro board, i'm not sure if i'll be able to put in 4 because these bad boys take up more than their fair share of space. I don't think G-Skill considered how the fans would have to sit with the 24pin connector plugged in. My fan sits a good bit off center because the power connection is sort of in the way. But it still fit nice and snug but it's pretty much pinned between the processor and the power connection.
I will never buy Intel again.
Pros: All I can say is wow. This bad boy is FAST! Coming from an early intel core2duo. This is a MAJOR upgrade. From the second you see the pretty Windows 7 logo you will notice the difference... because it's gone in the same second.
Overall Review: Forget Intel, It's a waste of your money! Maybe in the top ends they get better benchmarks but the real question is... how long do you want to use your $1200 processor? Don't expect more than a year or two out of Intel based machines.
AMAZING for the price!
Pros: This board is fantastic! I was very surprised at how great the on-board video card really is. If you need a computer to get you by until you've got the cash to upgrade... All you need is this board, an AM3 socket processor, a hard drive and case + power supply. Plays WoW on lowest settings at 75 FPS. My budget build; -AZZA Dynamo 650 650W Power Supply -ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO Motherboard -Phenom II 6 core -ATI Radeon 5770 -G-Skill FLARE 2x2GB (came with an awesome fan clip on) -$50 Cooler master case -Cannibalized a 2003 Dell's 160GB HD, CD/DVD+RW, and a DVD+R drive VERY IMPORTANT PART HERE FOR USERS WANTING TO USE A PHENOM II X6: You're going to need to do a BIOS update on your maiden bootstrap. You can find the newest driver at support.asus.com. Slap the .ROM on a flash drive and use the Bios EZ Flash tool. Fastest and EASIEST bios flash ever.
Cons: The aluminum face plate that snaps into the back of the case to protect the rear connections SUCKS. It is basically an extremely thin sheet of aluminum that's had a pattern punched out on it. Doesn't sound so bad right? Well the problem is for some reason the machine only cuts a semi-circle and you literally have to bend 3 or 4 little aluminum pins on EVERY hole. The holes are also pretty loose.... It's better than leaving it exposed... but not by much.
Overall Review: Don't forget, this a micro ATX board. That means you won't have a lot of space for expansion but you really do not need it because so much has been built into the board already. If you intending to expand a current build i'd suggest a full size board. My GSkill Flare chips are kind of wide and honestly i'm not sure if i'll be able to fit 2 more of the same type into the adjacent ram slots. My GPU is a Diablotek version of the Radeon 5770 and it's a DOUBLE slot card. Luckily for me, the mounted fan faces DOWN so it fits. If your fan is supposed to sit on top... with this board you'd be out of luck because the heatsink on top of one the boards chips would be in the way.