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Defective SATA ports
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
Pros: Wicked fast when combined with a Ryzen7 2700X. Has all the features I desired at a good price.
Cons: When using M.2 SSD, the board disables SATA ports 5 and 6. This is expected and documented behavior. It becomes a problem when SATA ports 3/4 suddenly stop working, leaving you with only 2 SATA ports. Upon initial build, I did not notice any problems. My configuration consisted of a M.2 SSD as the system drive, a SATA 4TB HHD in SATA 1 for storage, Bluray burner in SATA2, and a SATA SSD for user Data in SATA3. After installing drivers and software and cycling through a few reboots, I noticed my user data drive was missing. I was unable to find it listed in Hardware manager. Booting into the BIOS, I could see it listed. I changed out cables and tried again, and it no longer showed in BIOS or windows. Swapping cables between SATA1/2 devices and the missing devises resulted in the missing devices showing up and the other devices not showing up any longer. I tried multiple different cable and port configurations. All signs pointed to bad SATA ports on the motherboard. I removed the M.2 drive and tested again, as this would remove any disabled ports. SATA 1/2 and 5/6 would register devices, however nothing from 3/4 in BIOS. I also noticed that the front panel lights no longer worked. Checking voltages from the pins showed none present when there should be. It seems like there is a fault on this board.
Thoughts : I could swap the M.2 to the other slot and gain access to SATA 5/6 ,giving me the number of SATA ports I need, however this takes the GPU bus and turns it from 16x to 8x. This was not an acceptable concession to get a running system. In the end, having components seemingly stop working after a few days of ownership does not instill any confidence in the quality of this particular board. I have RMAed and am waiting for a replacement.