I received this board late last week, and got it installed last weekend. All I can say is I am a happy camper. This board is replacing my Jetway J7F5 board, which had to be replaced twice (what a piece of @#$@_) due to recurring stability issues. This board has been stable from the first moment so far. I love it. Further, it is about %50 faster on everything (perceived by me) than the C7 processor was. Much better than expected. All the bench tests I read about had it almost comparable to C7 in performance. I dont' see that at all. It also runs much cooler than the Jetway, which was a complete surprise. using the same fan, memory, HDD and PSU, this board hardly even runs the fan at all, compared to the Jetway.
The only issue I've had at all, is figuring out the proper driver settings for the Realtek 97' audio, to get my sound optimized with the integration of HD radio module.
this board gets 2 thumbs up! My stability issues are solved (I reached the light at the end of the tunnel!)
Reading through the previous posts, I can report I have no noise during startup, and my Bios loads just fine. I use hibernation primarily, and with the C7 or this board, XP is fully loaded with RR playing music by the time I can put my truck in reverse and get 10' down the driveway. non-issue to me.