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Pros: Potentially a superb powerhouse
Cons: Will not POST or boot Win 7 64 install disk; expensive board doesn't work
Other Thoughts: I bought this mobo 2 years ago, but didn’t get to build because Uncle Sam unexpectedly sent me to Korea. Just got back to USA and now I’m finally building. Or more correctly, trying to build.
This board had problems POSTing from the start. The internal debug LEDs read “00” which ASUS lists as a code that isn’t used, so no helpful info there. With the case open, I used the Q-Reset switch and the BIOS pushbutton switch to alternate between the two copies of BIOS. After numerous attempts, it POSTed and I was able to conform ACHI was enabled. I saved the set-up info, re-booted, and the system successfully read the Win 7 Pro 64 install disk. Unfortunately, it choked when it tried to install to the SSD, which it reported as having a device I/O error.
The SSD was confirmed bad on another system, so Intel replaced the SSD. Using another system, I initialized the new SSD and successfully installed a simple volume. I hooked the SSD up to the new ASUS build and the system refused to POST. Purposely left the mouse and keyboard disconnected hoping for some sort of “no input device” error, but still nothing. Monitor is known-good. DVD burner spins and access light shines, suggesting the Win 7 installation disk is being read, but the system refused to POST.
I can confirm solid connections to all the power connectors, including the 8-pin EATX 12 volt connector (even though at first it looked like a 4-pin connector, until I removed the cover from the other 4 pins). Given that the system booted once without the case side attached (using the old SSD), I doubt it’s a “case not closed” issue. I tested the power supply (removed all connections, shorted power supply pins 15 & 16) and all outputs tested within specs.
I’m at a loss. I’m thinking the mobo is bad. The "00" debug display leaves me without a clue.
Pros: Arrived quickly without damage
Cons: Crashed my system so completely that I can't boot. Swapped in my old video card back in but the system is so completely hosed that I can't even access the BIOS screen.
Other Thoughts: Wanted to get another few miles out of an older system, so when my video card started to fail, I purchased a VisionTek 900181 to replace it. Bad idea. Crashed my system so thoroughly I can't even see BIOS info, much less boot into Win 7. Fan on card runs, so lack of power connection isn't the culprit. No additional power couplings on the board, so nothing missing there. I love Newegg, but this card is going back.READ FULL REVIEW