Joined on 10/31/07
Pros: Great overclocker, 2X gigabit lan ports, wireless built on. The onboard OS is neat but I don't really see a point in having a feature like that. I used it once to play with it and haven't used it since. Most stable board I've owned thus far when overclocked. Got my 2.66 e6750 up to 3.6 due to the massive amount of voltage and overclock options available on this board.
Cons: Limited memory compatibility. Did my research and bought a set known to be compatible and had no issues. NOTE TO EVERYONE: RESEARCH COMPATIBLE RAM BEFORE BUYING THIS BOARD. Also, not a fan of the onboard sound software. Going to get a sound card since this one, while functional, doesn't give me enough options to be fully happy. If you overclock, it does not automatically disable cpu multiplier reduction when idle (C1E)... Not a big deal but I just assumed it would. Easy enough to disable in the bios though.
Overall Review: The big problem people have with this board is memory compatibility. Asus gives you a list on their website that informs you of the compatible memory modules. I bought a set of g skill ddr3 from that list and it works flawlessly. To call this board junk because one does not research what will work with it is unfortunate for potential buyers of this board. DDR3 is still new and thus all DDR3 isn't going to work with all Mobos. This board is indeed limited in compatible memory, but its not that hard to read a list and match a stick of ram to it. The list spans the cheap to the expensive. Poor research is what gives this board a poor review, not poor performance. This is a great board.
Pros: I never really thought there would be that much difference between onboard and a sound cards sound. I used to use an old audigy 1 and then when vista came along I couldn't use that anymore, so I used onboard to be cheap. I was ridiculously wrong. This sound card made everything sound so much better and clearer. I thought I would just gain some EAX support but this thing was a massive improvement. All I can say is, if you're an audiophile or you have a set of nice speakers, this card is for you. It works FINE in vista 64 home premium sp1. None of these supposed problems people have. At least not with the most recent drivers.
Cons: I'm not a big fan of the "cage" they built around the card. I understand its to reduce emf and such but did they need a little lighted "Xfi" on top? Also, that fatalyty (I'm not looking up how to spell the "name") looks like a... well I'll be nice. Not really cons, but they needed to be said. Also, as mentioned in previous reviews, there is no what you hear recording option. That's fine for me, but may be annoying to others. I use a program that actually gets just the audio stream I want to record and do not use what you hear for anything.
Overall Review: The card works in Vista 64 home premium with the latest drivers. I was nervous when I read some reviews about it having this issue and that, but it works flawlessly. Best soundcard I've ever owned
Pros: Cools well, price, and if your one of those people that likes leds and cold cathodes its got plenty. Steel case and sturdy except for the plastic front panel. The hard drive and rom tooless holders seem to work well. Looks nice and the case is huge.
Cons: Well first off, its loud which isn't really a con to me as it comes with 3 80 mm and 1 120 mm fans and you can install a front 120 as well. If you want silent, go with liquid cooling. Second, the front panel is a very poor plastic mold. I removed the front panel once to install a fan and the dvd drives and snapped two plastic pins. Third, the tooless install is terrible for the video card. If you use any modern video card that uses two slots, you have to remove or significantly modify the card holder, so there goes your tooless option for that. Also, the lock isn't really a lock... not that I care because why would I lock it. A thief would just pick the case up and walk out with it.
Overall Review: Its a good case and if your front panel pins break, glue is a simple fix as an RMA would be pricey to ship I would think. Just know this case will be loud with this many fans especially if you put in a front 120. Its not a problem to me but for some that don't realize 5 fans make a decent amount of noise, it can be a shock I guess.
Pros: Overclocks fantastically, lots of sata ports, heat pipes suck the heat out of the north bridge well. Nice price for the performance. Love the cmos reset button as opposed to the impossible to reach jumper.
Cons: I had it for 2 months and the IDE connector stopped functioning. I checked to see if it had grounded out. It hadn't. RMAd with all cables and everything it came with as I was told and newegg sent me only the motherboard in a box too small for the board which bent the heat pipes. So I RMAd again and got a new one with all cables this time. Works great and was probably some random fluke the IDE died. I only use dvd drives on that connector anyway.
Overall Review: Great motherboard but as mentioned by a previous guy, any newer video card is going to cover some of the sata ports. Luckily my HD2900 pro curves up and allows you to use them all. But you have to remove the card to gain access to the two that it covers. If you want to overclock and don't want to spend an outrageous amount of money, this is your board.