Joined on 08/03/04
Pros: This thing is surprisingly full-featured for the price. Crossfire capable (see my Other Thoughts), a GUI based, full-featured BIOS, nice placement of ports, etc. The overclock software in the BIOS allowed me to overclock my 6 core 2.6GHz Thuban to 3.5GHz on air and a stock AMD cooler. Remember, though: patience and baby steps are a virtue when it comes to overclocking. This motherboard is a steal for the money. I am extremely pleased with this motherboard and its potential upgrade path. AMD may not be the speed king, but it offers great potential to keep the cost of upgrades reasonable and extend the life of a good system base.
Cons: The opening POST screen takes way too long to proceed to booting, imo. Certainly not cause to take an egg away, as it could just be a setting in the BIOS I am not seeing. Also: didn't bring world peace when I installed it.
Overall Review: An earlier reviewer made mention of Crossfire @ 16x & 4x. The loss, according to a few benchmarks I have seen, is negligible (in the 5% range). I am running two 1GB 4850's in this board and they are performing beautifully in Battlefield 3. Unless you are absolutely determined to squeeze every little bit of speed from your hardware, this board is a great buy.
Pros: This thing is a beast. It plays Battlefield 4 on Ultra like a dream. It came with BF4 (which I gave to a friend; I was already a Premium player) -and- I got it for 3 bills.
Cons: Doesn't bring me breakfast in bed.
Overall Review: I jumped from a 6950 to this. It's proving to be well worth the money spent.
Pros: This has a roomy, essentially toolless, design. Very well ventilated, removable hdd cage, fold out side panel design. It makes messing with the components very, very easy.
Cons: While not enough to remove an egg, I did have a couple of small gripes: Make -all- the case fans clippable, not just the small fans. Replacing the front 120mm fan was a bit of a pain, but could have been made a bunch easier if it was just clip and go. Secondly, the side panel latches popped off with the first case I was working with, but after working with a second case of this type, I'm not so sure that it wasn't something just peculiar to my case. Something to keep an eye on, regardless. The teeth they used could easily be 3-5 times thicker to distribute the pressure more evenly when opening the case. If one pops off, you'll see what I mean.
Overall Review: Despite the cons listed, I would highly recommend this case to anyone who wants a nice looking, easy to use case. Just keep an eye on the stuff listed above. If you want to use your own case fans, especially for the 120mm fans, replace those before you install anything else. You'll swear a lot less. =)