Top positive review
Pretty good motherboard
on November 26, 2012
Searching for a good FM1 motherboard, and any nowadays really, is like a minefield. Each motherboard has a portion of people who got faulty units, or had something seriously wrong with them. Looking at those reviews makes you not want to buy a board at all and just stick with what you've got... But when I started comparing features between various motherboards, ignoring the few that got bad units, I found that this was the best value for money at the time. The UEFI bios and USB3 are very good, although some of the additional features are a bit half baked. For example, in order to boot off a USB drive in order to use a Windows 7 recovery disc I had to go into "legacy boot order" and set the non-UEFI boot option of the flash drive (there's UEFI and non-UEFI) to be the first boot device, then set that partition as the primary boot device on the regular list of boot devices. It took me about an hour and a half to figure this out at 1:00 in the morning...
Additionally, I was never able to overclock my Kinsgton Hyperx RAM to 1600 mhz, it kept reverting to 1333. I haven't tried the T-overclocker software, but bio-remote is a bit sketchy to say the least. While it's fun to play around with for about three minutes, you soon realize it's absolutely pointless. The only random piece of software this came with that I though was interesting was the tool that allows you to change the bios boot screen. This allowed me to plaster the same annoying picture of Haruhi Suzymiya throughout every layer of my computer from startup to login.
Overall, if you can get this board at a decent price, and you want to build a cheap HTPC like I was, I would recommend this board as long as you know its limitations and quirks.