Pros: Good features, AMD/AM3+ Support, Looks great.
Cons: VRM heatsink heat.
Looking at the box we have whole lot of information and specifications printing on the front and back. Opening the box we see the motherboard packaged inside an anit static bag with all accessories and manuals underneath. Overall it's well packaged and should remain safe during transit.
First looking at the motherboard, I am very impressed. For rear I/O we have eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two eSata ports, an ethernet port, optical audio out and standard audio out ports.
Looking at internal connectors on the board, we have two PCI-E 2.0 slots running at 16x and 16x. We have two PCI-E 16x slots running at 4x. Two PCI-E x1 slots and a single PCI slot.
There are six Sata 6gbps connectors capable of running six drives at Sata3 6gbps. We have three onboard USB 2.0 ports along with a single USB 3.0 port. Standard HD audio and front panel port.
We have two 3pin system fan headers, a single 3pin power fan header and single CPU fan 4pin header for a total support of four fans.
The entire motherboard it black including all four DIMMS and each heatsink. I think it looks very good and will fit nearly any color scheme. The board sports heatsinks on the north bridge and mosfets, aswell as cooling on the FXA chipset. I experienced extreme heat from the vrm and north bridge cooling to a point it made me uncomfortable, I would recommend a small fan pointed at said heatsinks.
This is definitely a performance oriented motherboard, supporting 32gb of system memory at 2400mhz and up to two way crossfire and SLi. This makes it an ideal choice for a high end FX 8 core build, supporting heavy overclocking out of the box. The BIOS is decent and relatively easy to work with, with setting for overclocking and changing voltage to various chipsets on the board. I achieved a 3.8ghz overclock at 1.4vcore on my quad core Phenom II processor easily, and it remained stable throughout the time I used this motherboard.
I think this is a solid motherboard, it is great for overclocking and it supports a vast variety of processors, system memory and graphics card configurations.
It comes rather well priced too, this certainly gets my thumbs up of approval.