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Outstanding Board, Great Price
on 8 July 2012
This is a hugely capable gaming board that's not even classed as one!
- mSATA Onboard: You can use a small ssd for either drive caching or as a boot drive itself. As a cache drive I've found it to be really helpful as I've got 4 mechanical drives aside from my ssds. Its speeded up a lot of the indexing tasks quite noticeably.
-VirtuMPV:(Ivy Chips) Think V sync on steroids that actually works without performance loss and that eliminating tearing completely.
-UD: This stands for Ultra Durable and It shows in it's construction. Very well built overall. The PCB material is much better quality than other boards as well as all the capacitors being Japanese made. It has power protection and all the features you'd expect for a more expensive board.
-On board power and reset switches: Very handy if you're doing bench work.
-Dual BIOS!: This is one of my favourite features you can switch between two lots of different bios settings by flipping an onboard switch absolutely ideal when messing around with overlocking.
-3D BIOS: Whilst advanced users may not care much about this people who are learning are sure to find it helpful. The bios UI itself is presented graphicly which is a nice touch.
-A true GEN3 board for Ivy bridge chips: It utilises PCI-e 3.0 at higher speeds. It's worth noting that whilst still compatible with Sandy Bridge processors that bottom PCI port will not be available to use as well as VirtuMPV software as they're reliant on an Ivy Bridge CPU.
-x2 6 Gbit/s SATA: If you're using a top of the line SSD like a vertex 4 or anything with the Everest 2 controller you see will blazing fast speeds it's quite staggering.
-SLI and Crossfire support
The board overall is just outstanding for its price and performs amazingly over clocking with easy. At this time this is probably the best value board for gamers on the market as the features are what you would expect from something that would cost about £100 more. As a long time ASUS user I actually think this board is much better than anything they're currently offering. This is well worth buying.