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Regarding the audio I think Biostar has done a good job, but admittedly I am not an audiophile. I damaged my hearing through years of listening to loud music and working in a machine shop. I don’t own a multi-thousand dollar audio system, but I can tell you that this does sound better than any onboard audio I’ve ever heard. I don’t think it would be enough to satisfy someone who is used to a really high-end sound system, but I think it is important to note that it performs better than my other boards and enhanced my movie and gaming experience.
The USB 3.0 header location seemed odd at first, but when I looked at the board there wasn’t a place that was clearly better, so I won’t fault them for the placement. In general I like everything about this board, but I would have liked to see the VGA removed and replaced with a couple more USB ports or a BIOS reset switch. I think the PCI-e layout is perfect, the Audio is excellent, performance is great and everything else exactly as it should be for a board with a $149.99 MSRP.