Originally Posted by Vortaku
is there any reason to get the asus over the asrock? i was planning on the asus but after reading what you said im not so sure
It has a lot more features like DIGI+ VRM, higher power phase (+2), etc., but after testing 4.2-4.8Ghz, I came to the realization they offer nothing over the Asrock when it comes to overclocking. That's not to say it's worse than the Asrock in this category, but it's no better imo. It does come with an Intel Lan controller, which is probably better than the Broadcom the Asrock comes with. The wifi card on the Asus is better (a/b/g/n) vs. Asrock's (b/g/n), but I use an Intel N6300 making the comparison irrelevant. Hmmm Asus also has somewhat better fan control, but only if you want an extremely silent PC. With the Asus, I'm able to keep my slipstream PWM fans around 250-300rpm, while I can't get below 400 rpm with the Asrock. This feature alone, almost made me go with the Asus, but with much longer boot times, I just can't do it lol.
Other Pros the Asrock has going for it
Price - Cost less
Easier overclocking - Less things to tweak, but it turns out to be a good thing imo.
Easier to roam around UEFI - Makes more sense imo. I don't need three different places to change the multi like with the Asus UEFI.
Better layout - Everything on the Asrock is up against the side where the daughterboard on the Asus resides. While the sata location on the Asus isn't too bad, the USB 2/USB 3 ports make cabling a pain. I realize there wasn't anywhere else to place them, but I wasn't very happy with how it all looked after cabling.
Good Night LED - Yes, I realize I could disconnect the Power/HDD LED headers on the Asus board, but I like to see activity when I boot up. This option allows me to turn off all LEDs while running or asleep. The blinking from the Asus board while in sleep mode, is so annoying lol.
The biggest pro the Asus had going for it last night, was it being in my case. I really didn't want to reassemble again, but I found a way to do it without having tp remove the GPU or H60 radiator.
Another possible pro for Asus could be faster/newer bios updates, but Asrock has already released two, while Asus has only released one. If you like Asus or the fancy daughterboard, then get the Asus. Outside of that, my suggestion is the Asrock. I realize Asrock wasn't the best with their (4 pin) Z68 ITX, but no one made a good Z68 ITX imo. Asus didn't even make one. Feel free to ask questions