I am thinking about purchasing an asrock board and i would like to know if they are a reliable brand. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
ASRock is a value-focused manufacturer, and as such offers nice featuresets at attractive prices. However, as with everything, this comes with compromises:
Overall, they're a good brand; a great value if you're not overclocking, but there's better options if you are.
My personal experience, I would never buy AsRock again. Have gone through 3 AsRock MOBO, both AMD and Intel. They were more on the budget side MOBO. Had to RMA them. Ended up selling them used when I got the RMA'd MOBO back.
For the upside, they do have a great RMA process. They only have a small office in the USA. So it gets very personal. I have called at different times and the same person answered the phones. They might not have a large number of people working for them.
My extreme6 got my i5-3750k to 4.5 ghz. I also have an AM2+ board and and AM3 board and none of them give me any problems.
Maybe I'm lucky, but my next board will probably be Asrock.
Usually for the same price as any Asrock board you can get a higher quality more reliable Gigabyte / ASUS board. and mousseng touched most of the important parts ;)