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Good bundle but a few things to be aware of...
on 12 December 2013
If I could give this board 3-and-a-half-stars, I would. As it stands, 4 stars will suffice.
First the good news.
For me, this board/memory/processor combo is a substantial upgrade. I've moved from a 3-core AMD combo running at ~260Ghz with 2Gb RAM, and moved to this 6-core setup running at 3.5Ghz with 8Gb RAM. This combo is amazingly fast in comparison with what I had, and it's more than capable of running several the games that I'm currently playing in parallel (Guild Wars 2, The Secret World, Tomb Raider).
The board worked, straight out of the box and I had no issues fitting/installing same. Everything came pre-configured and the instructions were clear - they needed to be as this was my first proper 'home build'.
Now for the niggles.
Firstly, whilst the board has two USB3 ports at the back (i.e. that are accessible from the back of the case when the board is installed), there is no USB3 connector on the board itself. My Zalman ZX11 case has two USB3 ports on its top panel, but the only way to connect these to the board (I'd have wanted a 19-pin USB3 connector on the board, ideally), is using a pass-though cable to connect same all the way through your case, out the back, and round into the USB3 sockets on the back of the board. You'll have to buy the pass-through cable separately too, if you have a case that has its own USB3 ports.
Secondly, the board only has a single 3-pin TX3 fan power connector. If you have more than one fan on your case that requires a 3-pin TX3 connector (as I do), you'll need to buy a TX3 splitter cable. Only a couple of euro, but something to be aware of.
Finally, if you have a high end graphics card, watch out. I have a Radeon R9280X Vapor, and it's wide. Wide enough to cover both of the PCI slots on the board, when it's sat in its own PCIe slot. In other words, I've no access to ANY PCI slot, with my chosen gfx card installed. If you have a wide, high end gfx card, and have a requirement for using one or more PCI slots, then this board is not for you. If your chosen gfx card isn't too chunky, you'll have nothing to worry about.
In summary, a good board, but there are issues that stop it from being great, at least as far as I'm concerned. As/when I upgrade again, I'll be more aware of what I'm looking for and at.