Before this, she was stuck with an older Surface Pro and a Laptop with Bay Trail graphics. Not suitable at all for gaming imo.
Load temperatures are taken from the hottest core, fans at max to test full thermal dissipation capacity.
Next thing to do: Buy a SSD.
Note, I gave her as many spare parts as I could to further increase the price/performance ratio.
VR-ready (essentially; official figures state at least a 4590).
Turbos to 3.6 GHz, and not a bottleneck for most GPU setups.
Mounting design was different than I'm used to (coming from push pins): place backplate on, insert screw from rear of motherboard, place screw cover on other side of motherboard (facing CPU), and carefully mount heatsink. Great performance, and inaudible at low RPMs. No need to increase fan speed if you're not overclocking.
Seems to perform better than my previous PK-3. Great thermal paste, cool applicator.
No issues other than the expected chipset drawbacks. 2 RAM slots, 2 fan headers (PWM-capable). 4 USB ports (2x2.0+2x3.0), 2 internal USB headers, and a lack of USB 3.0 headers leads me to give this motherboard a solid 4.0. Nice BIOS, configurable as much as I need it to be. BCLK seems to be just under 100, however.
Could be faster, could be slower. Reliable if properly stored.
No issues as of yet. 2 GB VRAM lowers the limit for texture quality in high-end games, but it performs really well.
Small thread motherboard standoffs and screws.
6 (possibly 2, haven't tested) thumbscrews, and then 2 normal screws must be removed to be able to lift the case open. Fits 3 fans and can easily install components due to the hinged front. Looks decent.
Good brand, cheap. It may have its shortcomings, but it works the way it's intended for.
Loud at times. Reads disks.