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Fantastic for the money
on 3 December 2013
Right, as with any budget motherboard there are a couple of sacrifices which had to be made to achieve the pricepoint.
Notably this is a B75 motherboard, so you will not be able to overclock your CPU here.
Secondly the PCB is relatively think, which may lead to a potentially shorter lifespan, but if you aren't overclocking your CPU and Ram then you are less likely to need a thick motherboard to resist the extra warmth generated.
Having noted the limitations lets talk about where the board was great for me.
You get two PCI-X slots which means you can add more components than lesser boards. It officially support crossfire (use of 2 compatable AMD graphics cards together).
You get 4 RAM slots, this makes the board very upgradeable for budget PC builders like me, and people who want to build a serious productivity machine.
You get both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 headers which means you can take advantage of PC cases which come with USB support built into the front of the case. This is not common at this price point.
The board itself is a dark brown colour, so it looks fairly stealthy, so if you want to build a gaming PC with a window, you can add fancy components and the board won't make the build look cheap.
Finally it seems to be very easy to work on and has been very reliable for me after 3 months of use.
With newer 1150 socket CPUs becoming more affordable, it might be worth your while looking for a 1155 CPU, but if you have to replace a board (like I did) or you are happy to work with last gen CPUs then I would really recommend this board.