Pros: OC's very well. Plenty of options in bios. Solid and stable performance.
Cons: Have yet to try Crossfire-X
I just had an ASUS M488TD-M USB3 make an unexpected retirement from service, which left me in a jam. Time for a new board! The list of features I wanted it to have, made the price climb rapidly. Crossfire was at the top as well as DDR3 and SS Caps etc. Price range :120.00 , 200.00+!! Geeks showed me otherwise. 61.99 gave me all this and more via the Refurbished M489TD PRO USB3. Hesitant, yes. Scared,no! All a refurb is is a used board w/ some new parts on it , right?! Out of the box it looked brand new. To me it was. Dropped in my X555 BE, 4gb of Corsair DDR3 1600, tightened the last screw down, hit the pwr and.........Bios, into Windows,and restart. Time for some OC action.Set multi @ 20, RAM at 1600 @ 8-9-8-20 1T and...........Bios, Windows, Cpuid check, OCCT test and haven't looked back yet. The unlocker has a manual setting so you can disable any unusable unlocked cores. Mine was #2 and as an x3 at 4ghz 24/7 at 17c idle, 36c load its not either. Most of the time I leave it all on auto. But when it needs to be tweaked it hasn't let me down. Bottom line; If you need a solid AM3 that shares a chipset w/ 2 ROG boards for about 100.00 less. Stop looking. If you want it for less than that, pray or check out Geeks or The Egg for a refurb or OB deal. Would recommend to a friend or anyone else for that matter. One of ASUS's best offerings.