Joined on 05/25/04
Not a beginner's motherboard, but has a LOT of flexibility and is very stable
Pros: has just about every option (excluding 10 gigabit ethernet) you could really want. Stable under very heavy loads
Cons: complicated setup - you best know what you're doing. Older bioses can also cause confusion (see my comment below)
Overall Review: If you're going to use a 2nd gen thread ripper, make sure to update the bios using the bios flash back method (check page 41 of the motherboard manual on how to do this). My setup (using a 2950x) did not post until I updated to the newest bios using this method. Fortunately this isn't hard to do if you read the manual
Not cheap, but worth it for high end server builds
Pros: I've used several of these on high end dual cpu 2011 and 2011 V3 builds. They mount extremely well and are easy to install. Cooling performance is excellent, keeping dual 160 watt CPU's within limits. Fans are very quiet when not running the system hard (obviously if you're running the system hard, the fans will make more noise).
Cons: not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
nothing fancy, just works
Pros: intel gigabyte ethernet. flexible bios options, decent board layout, lots of usb ports, seems pretty stable so far
Cons: usb options in the bios could be explained a bit better see comments too
Overall Review: while not asrock's fault, do NOT accidently install the Z77 USB 3.0 drivers for the Z87 usb 3 controller. Intel has totally reworked it, and accidently installing the Z77 drivers will hose your windows 7 install.
it worked, performance in line with what I expected
Pros: I'm using this on a compact linux server that didn't have a free pci or pci-e slot. I compiled the ASIX module into my kernel, and the card detected just fine without issues. Performance was roughly 200-250mbps during large file copies, which is what I expected due to the USB bus limits. For giggles, I also plugged this into my Windows 7 workstation. The driver detection wizard found the right driver from Windows Update, and the card seemed to work great in limited testing with Windows.
Cons: no usb 3 support ( I knew this buying it, so no "eggs" off. USB 3 support would be awesome though, you'd get the gigabit network speed on it.