Joined on 05/03/08
Pros: - See title
Cons: - First drive was defective (see below for my symptoms) - Kind of awkward to install with the big heatsink
Overall Review: First drive would completely power off after a few minutes of use. In windows, this manifested as a BSOD: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. SMART status of the drive reported no issues, and running the drive on a PCIe Gen 3 bus appeared to avoid the issue, which made me think it was the motherboard. Replacing the motherboard didn't solve the issue; tried a new drive with the original motherboard, and it's working great.
Poor quality audio
Overall Review: Bought this to hook a PS5 to speakers using a headphone jack. The audio quality is extremely poor and very quiet. Tried linear PCM/Dolby/DTS setting, as well as changing the EDID settings on the device; nothing helped. I am returning this to find a better solution.
Overall Review: Things You Should Know before Buying the Board: - NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSDs are *not supported* - The manual lists only 14 SSDs from PICe Gen 1, 2, and 3 as being compatible - AMD coolers are *not supported* - don't plan on using the Wraith Spire coolers with this board. - The chipset runs HOT (60+C at idle) - Consequently, the chipset fan runs at 4000+RPM constantly - The M.2 slot sits directly below the chipset, and will have no airflow in most ITX cases. I tried to build this board with a Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 1TB drive. The drive shuts down after 30 seconds of active use (device appears disconnected from the board, won't show as being connected until full power off), presumably from overheating. The drive runs fine in other systems, and the board works fine with a NVMe gen 3 SSD. Very disappointed in the thermal design considerations of this board.