Joined on 10/04/05
Pros: I did a lot of research before buying this board. On paper, it contained all the features I was looking for at a competitive price.
Cons: Board lasted about 2 weeks before going dead. Up to that point the board would hang on reboot and act "glitchy". Overclocking was poor. BIOS update did not help. ASUS ignored my first e-mail inquiry to RMA so a follow up was necessary. The board was returned to me with the CPU pin cap loose in the box. Upon re-installation of the system the board would not boot with RAM in channel A. Needless to say, I'll be looking for a board from a different manufacturer.
Overall Review: Paired with a Q6600 and qualified Mushkin RAM. This board is a total waste of time.
Pros: Highly anticipated. Looked like it would be outstanding.
Cons: Superflykicks and freesafety13 have it right. Controls are poor. POV perspective is off the right shoulder so the toon takes up nearly all of the left side of the screen with no way to center.
Overall Review: Wish I could get my money back.
one of the worst
Pros: Looks good.
Cons: I tried everything I (and Google) could think of to get this board to work. NO version of Windows/Vista would install without BSOD. The closest I got was XP PRO 64 and that version only made it through to 58% install before BSOD and lock up. I finally narrowed the problem down to a bad memory controller (?). What a waste of time though! On top of that issue, the board is poorly laid out, one fan header is at the bottom and is all but impossible to manage with a card installed in the bottom slot, the SATA headers starting with #3 are a pain if you have a large vid card and/or RAM cooler anywhere near. The NB and SB heatsinks are nearly too large (ackwardly sized and mounted)to install the bracket and backplate for a Tuniq Tower. For ~350.00 I expected more...quality/design foresight/care...whatever you want to call it. In no way compares to how easy my E6750 on Gigabyte P35 was to set up and run. I would not buy this product if given the choice again.
Overall Review: Q9450, 4 gigs OCZ (yes, I dropped one chip out for Vista intall attempt), 9800 GTX, RAID WD 250's.
Pros: Easy install. Fits well in a Shuttle SN25P.
Cons: Far too loud for me. Fan stays at 100% and can be heard over my other air-cooled systems (one is an SLI rig the other is single GTX) quite easily. As of this date, the stock fan speed cannot be controlled by any software application. Is there a reason to release this kind of product without software control?