( 4.4 Average / 45 Ratings )
Only came with 2 fan headers like wtf and the wifi is so frustrating to put on. Even when the wifi is on the board it wont show up on windows which i need to check out. But everything else is pre good.
Great quality. Easy to work with.
See CPU cooler comment. This motherboard brand was my second choice. That said, it had everything that I needed (plus an extra) with important items (power plugs, SATA connectors, etc) in the right positions. The last thing I wanted was the SATA connectors miles away from my HDD / SSD.
Great motherboard! The 9-series chipset will allow me to upgrade to Broadwell should I wish to. The on-board WiFi is faster on my desktop than it is on my laptop (in the same exact location). Download speeds increased from 1.1 Megabytes to 1.7 MB per second on average. The BIOS does not fool around and just jumps right into the Windows OS boot.
Great Value for Money, and if like me you've only got one chassis fan to worry about, assrock's A-Tuning utility has effective fan controller software for CPU & Case fans, as well as a decent performance monitor/tweaker.
Had to dock a star for Wifi build design, though - have some extra nuts,spacers or washers ready when you secure wifi antennae to the I/O shield (which is also pretty cheap and nasty if I'm honest)... they don't tighten fully with supplied kit and twist the fiddly little wires you spent ages installing inside the case if you attempt to screw on the external antennae .... Other than that, quality board at a sensible price!
Met all my initial criteria and had a reasonable price. I do wish in hind sight that it had more fan controllers. I used the 2 available for my H75 liquid cooler and had to plug my 3 case fans (1x 200mm and 2x 80mm) directly into the PSU so they just run at a standard speed all the time. Also, the Wifi reception is pretty bad because the antennas are right on the back of the metal case (they are also horribly loose). As a result, I still use my USB antenna on a USB extension cable. Otherwise, great motherboard.
Wifi works well, but is tricky to install
Fast boot times
Honestly it's not the best. I had to update the bios before installing Windows 10 which wasn't too much of a hassle but it was just another hoop to jump through. A lot of people have complained about the antennae being hard to connect, but I didn't have too much of a problem with it. I like the color scheme though. This is a black PCB instead of brown which I always like to see.
I love this thing, the Bios is easy to work with and everything looks very well built, and you get a lot with the bluetooth and wifi, etc. for $87, the only issue I had, like many others was with the wifi antennas, they are pretty difficult to screw down, and it's hard to get a tool positioned to tighten it, but it works nonetheless.
I'm not sure what to say about this. My biggest gripe with this product, by a long shot, was the fact that the first one was defective-costing us an extra week in build time and 1 hour to drive to Micro Center and exchange it. I'm not sure if we just got an odd one or if this is a consistent issue with ASRock QC, but I'm docking a star either way.
Otherwise, it's a 100% perfect board for the ITX factor and I have no problems with it. WiFi/BT works just fine, my client has a BT headset he's currently using without issues and the wireless transmission is excellent (actually faster than the inbuilt Ethernet by about 8mbps). Holds all components great and just does everything you need it to.