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Great motherboard with only a couple minor issues...
on January 5, 2014
I got this motherboard to upgrade my aging Athlon X2 6000+ system to an i5-4670k system. It was a toss up between this motherboard and the MSI Z87-G43, but Amazon was out of stock on the G43 and I didn't want to wait. :)
After about 5 days of use, I really like this board.
1) I like the UEFI BIOS and the fact that it can choose from a ton of devices to boot from and the order. I think there are 6 UEFI devices and 6 "normal" devices. I disabled the UEFI devices and have the following order for booting: USB Floppy, USB Memory Stick, USB CD-ROM, USB Hard Drive, CD-ROM, Hard Drive, Network. Basically, anything I could want to boot from, this will boot from.
2) There are 6 SATA ports
3) Stable given the minor annoyances below.
1) For whatever reason, this board had a hard time recognizing my SSD. I tried to install Windows 8 on it and it was an exercise in futility. it would install, then not boot because the drive would become unrecognized intermittently. Eventually, I used it as an excuse to get a 2TB SSHD and use the SSD as a program drive. This has been working well ever since, and the SSHD is pretty sweet to boot.
2) The board came with Intel ME drivers, but both times I tried to install them, the BIOS got BORKED - basically the menu and options were all screwed up, but the PC still booted and worked normally. I ended up re-flashing it because I couldn't make any BIOS changes with it in that state. I have absolutely no idea why this would happen, or even if the two things are related. But I haven't installed the Intel ME drivers since and it's been fine.
All in all, for the price, I am very pleased with this.