Used this mobo as the basis of an i5-2300 system. Works well enough but the audio side is awful.
On my old cheapo system the onboard sound had just enough oomph to drive passive speakers. The onboard sound on this is very low outbput. You can barely even hear it on my tiny passive speakers.
Plus there is noticeable 'lag' between onscreen events and sound effects in games. Never had that on the old system, which was a single core athlon with a so-so gfx card. I have an ati6670 on this mobo.
On top of that the sound is very 'boomy' and the equaliser in the supplied software is pretty much non effective.
The utilities CD suggests you choose the 'install everything' option. DON'T. There's a load of bloated shovelware on there. Go into the custom install & just choose the drivers.
A big let down from a big name company. First time I ever bought anything other than a cheapo mobo. It will be the last.