Joined on 12/09/05
Pros: Small, Fast, Easy to setup, great range of BIOS options. Low CPU utilization. Great performer. 600+MB/s BURST SPEED!!!!
Cons: Can't turn (slightly) annoying startup beeps off, even after changing setting in the BIOS. Very minor.
Overall Review: With 4x 250GB WD 7200RPM SATAII Drives in RAID5 this board screams at a max read of 170+MB/s and drops to a min of around 100MB/s. Even though it technically offloads to the CPU, the CPU utilization (on a AthlonX2 4400+) is negligble. BE SURE TO INSTALL IN 1ST (PRIMARY) PCI-E 16X slot otherwise my Asus A8N-SLI Premium wouldn't detect it on every boot. If you want fast RAID5, this is it.
Pros: This is an extremely robust, feature packed and stable motherboard. I've used this for builds ranging from a P4 3.4 Prescott to Core2Duo 3.0Ghz (6850). I've used mostly Corsair XMS DDR2-800 memory, as well as Patriot memory in the system, but some OCZ I used once worked fine as well. This board is excellent for it's ability to take everything from a P4 to a QuadCore, and pretty much any LGA775 CPU in between. Onboard RAID, Audio, SLI, eSATA, 1333FSB, and Gigabit ethernet make this a great bang-for-the-buck.
Cons: SLI is runs at 8X 8X, not 16X 16X. Last I checked you need to spend at least 50% more to get 16X by 16X SLI for a 2-5% performance difference.
Overall Review: I've been using this as my reference Core2Duo/QuadCore board for higher-end system builds. It's rich feature set, stability and price make it a no brainer in my book.
Great Case for the money
Pros: Easy to assemble and maintain, 400watt Antec Power Supply, 120mm Tri-Cool in rear, Plenty of space for a desktop
Cons: Only an 80mm fan in front (shucks), will get cramped with multiple add in cards (dual-video, tv tuner, sound, etc.)
Overall Review: For the money you cant beat this case/psu combo. I've been buying Antec for over 5 years and they are still my number one choice.