Some Additional Comments from an Owner
Thanks Tom for the great review. The first look had me and I bought it for the new rig.
Some pointers however to take into account:
If you are running windows 8/8.1 - The Soundblaster Recon 3Di has some 'issues' which you can live with, however, frankly, they annoyed me enough to buy an internal card.
Essentially it is a known issue that probably around 60% of the time you switch your rig on, the soundblaster will not be detected in Windows and you will require to shut down, power off completely and restart (which fixed it every time) however, it's just not good enough from Creative's standpoint and we all know that a set of drivers is still 2-3 months away.
The only other bad point to make is the Orange LED down near the legacy PCI ports is unfortunately the brightest light in the case. My case which will have some pictures up soon on the forums is covered in some matching green LED's and I feel this LED is a horribly bright addition that does kind of tarnish everything else about this board which frankly is excellent both visually and from an overclocking perspective.