Stay away from Chaintech. They are not stable nor reliable. I have seen 3 different Chaintech boards (all with different chipsets), in the last 2 months, have stability problems or die.
Thanks for that AFTER I bought one, haha. Where were you 3 weeks ago?
Seriously though, it was my very first build from the box up, went just fine.
Works just fine. Far as I can tell, at least, still using defaults.
Hey, it's the cheapest ultra out there. What can I expect? At the time I was concerned with price/future upgrades. I made the decision to save money on the board, and use it for the best case/powersupply.
But it didn't come with rounded cables, so that was an extra expense. SLI was not a concern at all, so on paper seemed the best bet.
Also, the manual is awful, thus still default settings, as manual explains nothing, just mentions that you shouldn't mess with any of the settings. Website isn't much better. Might not have been the best choice for a newb like me. A seasoned pro may have no problems at all.
No idea about oc, as I won't ever be doing that.
If it lasts well, it will have been a decent decision. Heck, the thing works, what more can I say?
Supports 64X2 and sataII. PCIX16. I believe it will be 2-4 years before this board is outdated, but I'm no expert. I did do my best to make sure that this box will be servicable for some years even after it IS outdated. No firewire though.
I'm using an antec case with 400 antec ps. Couple of 120mm fans, and a 90mm on the venice 3000. Has never exceeded 31C. Stable with 2X512 corsair value select ram, though I'm just surfing. Boots xp pro in 15 seconds. I think better boards could beat that though. My old box, an asus board with xp 2500, 1.83 ghz, versus the venice at 1.8, took over a minute for the same boot. Dialup on the new box is about the same degree of improvement, 10 seconds for new, 60 seconds or so for the old.
Bottom line: It's cheap, and it works. Has all the features I think I'll ever need in this generation of motherboards.
Bottom line2: It might have been worth 20-30 bucks more for a board with rounded cables(or I could have chosen sata dvd's rather than pata, big mistake on my part), a good manual, and better support site.