Joined on 12/20/08
Pros: This board is economical, and is well designed for small business and home computer use. I have sold three computers with this board, and their reliabilities have been outstanding. Unfortunately, nobody wants these boards anymore, because the latest gold rings offered by Intel (HASWELL and 2nd Gen Ivy Bridge) are drawing peoples' attention elsewhere (the ones who still build and buy computers, and who do no solely worship the IPAD AND IPHONE false idols).
Cons: No longer is the LGA1155 socket, and Z77 chipset, on the leading edge of technology development.
Overall Review: To the person who lost his RAID. OOPS, you should have known better to update the BIOS while trying to support a RAID array. Upon BIOS update, the board automatically resets to AHCI, and your RAID is lost for good, unless you set the SATA back to RAID prior to initial boot into your operating system. The techs at ASUS will be very rude with you if you contact them about this being a problem with the board (one of my customers already made this very same mistake).
Pros: Label was in good shape
Cons: Dead right out of the box. Unfortunately, I had it stocked in inventory more than 30 days prior to first use, a, ind the 30 days has expired
Overall Review: Refurbished equipment is a risky proposition, I will not place any items into inventory without first checking them out for now on.
Addendum To March 9th Review
Pros: This has enhanced system performance considerably. This would be a 5 star performer, had I not had so much difficulty setting it up initially. It will be a 5 star for the person who sets the drive up successfully the first time, and understands what the drive is all about.
Cons: This drive set up successfully, but the Dataplex software did not, without several contacts with OCZ tech support. After a "secure erase" of the ssd, I was able to get the Dataplex software to work, and it is making a believer out of one of my customers, who chose to be the guinea pig for me.
Overall Review: I have assembled and tested more than 100 systems with solid state hard drives, and this is the first one with the OCZ Synapse drive. I used it as a system enhancement for a LGA1366 system, for a customer using Photoshop and associated software, and, in the end, mission was/is accomplished, with my customer being quite pleased.
Maximus IV Gene-Z
Pros: When you buy these new, you have an honest chance at getting the finest micro-atx motherboard. These are 5 star units, worthy of all of the praise that you have been reading.
Cons: When you buy these "open box" LET THE BUYER BEWARE. These are reconditioned units, and many times somebody at the remanufacturing plant has re-bent the CPU pins back into position for resale. Once the pins have been bent, they are necessarily weakened, and the unsuspecting new owner is setup for a failure, sometimes sooner, sometimes later. When the new owner inserts his/her new cpu into the motherboard, the holding plate will cause the cpu to press down on the pins again, and if they were previously weakened, THEY WILL FAIL. This has happened to me on 2 different motherboards that I have bought as "open boxed". Asus (in my cases) will then claim that the new owner is the cause of the damage to the pins. I am out over $600 because of this situation. Don't make my mistake.