Our Final Thoughts
ASUS always pushes the limits on its top end boards but getting a mainstream board can sometimes be a snore fest. We are happy to say that this board definitely surprised with its capability and its ability to do pretty much everything a higher priced board could do in terms of performance. It does of course lack some extra features, but it also comes at a lower cost.
Knowing now that the clock for clock performance is within a few percentage points of the top end board, we can definitely say that this board would be excellent on any gaming rig, or even a standard home desktop or workstation. One thing to keep in mind is that every board or component has its place. For those who need a board that simply plugs in and works, but is still capable of some overclocking and gaming, this board is a great choice. Just be aware that it lacks some of the fancier features you find on higher end boards. If those features are important to you, a something like a Z87-powered ROG board would be a better fit.
All in all, this board is basic from a feature standpoint, but a good choice for users who simply need a board that works and will do the job. This board will exceed expectations as the performance at default is great, as is the potential for easy overclocking and power savings for an ultimate budget platform.