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ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 760G
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 1866(OC)/1600(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Dennis B.
  • 10/11/2014 2:49:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo for an HTPC Build

Pros: Well designed, excellent build quality, easy (but limited) BIOS features.

Cons: None really. For its purpose as part of an HTPC setup this ASRock 960GM/U3S3 board does all I want. Just remember this is not a gaming board, it's just for basic office or web surfing, or as an HTPC board.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board, an AMD FX 6300K cpu and 8 GB of Gskill ram for a basic HTPC build to use with a Ceton cable card and a Rosewill HTPC case. All went well, booted up on initial power-on OK. This box runs at default, no overclocking. CPU cooler fan is quiet. BIOS is really basic but OK for my use. This box runs 24/7 to record 4 channels at once using 4 Tb of mechanical storage. For the price, this board is a great buy to build a "budget" box.

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  • Donald N.
  • 10/11/2014 1:44:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe Right Stuff

Pros: It works just fine and does everything I need it to. It has FX 8 Core Support, SATA 3 6Gbs and USB 3.0, I needed a MicroATX board for my HTPC / Steam Gaming / Video Crunch box. Running windows 7 64 bit on an FX 6300 CPU with a Gigabyte R7 260x GPU, 16 Gb g.skill ram and an LG Blue Ray burner in a MicroATX mini-tower. The FX 6300 CPU used to be in an AsRock 970 Extreme 4 motherboard. The differences in benchmarked performance between the larger more capable ATX board and this MicroATX board was negligible.

Cons: Only has one PCIe 2.0 but what do you expect from a MicroATX board. Board configuration is a little odd, with the PCIe 2.0 slot being lower and closer to the bottom of the board than I like. Not a whole lot of breathing room for my GPU because it is in a MicroATX mini-tower. Even so the GPU temps seem unaffected by this. This would not be noticeable on a larger case like a mid tower.

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  • Bryan D.
  • 9/17/2014 12:54:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid, but basic motherboard.

Pros: It has been over a year and I cannot say I have had any big problems with the board. Easy BIOS settings, if basic.

Cons: I have had problems at times waking from a sleep state (as mentioned in other reviews). Annoying, but for the price I cannot say it is a deal killer. Reason I deducted one star.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind the limits of the board. 2 RAM slots. PCI 2.0. Does have 2X USB 3.0 though. It is a no-frills board. It has served me well so far though.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 9/13/2014 8:15:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDamaged PCI-E slot

Pros: Cheap. Seems to be a great motherboard for the price.

Cons: Came with damaged PCI-E slot. Didn't realize that the PCI-E slot was damaged until I fully assembled the computer.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Blake E.
  • 8/7/2014 12:18:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's alright

Pros: It supports FX CPUs and it overclocks very well.

Cons: For some reason it randomly seems to go dark, as if it hibernates but nothing wakes it up. Not a big problem but this is making me anxious if the board is broken or something.

Other Thoughts: None really, I bought a motherboard before this one and it sparked and died the hour I used it so this one is a Godsend.

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  • Michael S.
  • 8/1/2014 8:19:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Everything works great.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Good replacement board for HP.

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  • Anthony D.
  • 7/27/2014 3:52:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice budget board

Pros: -good price
-mATX
-USB 3.0 and SATA III
-BIOS may not be an OC'ers dream but it is ok

Cons: a lot of little things that you should expect from a mATX budget board:

-doesn't come with anything besides the manual, driver cd, IO shield, and two SATA cables

-only one PCI slot
-limited USB ports
-only two RAM slots (8GB max though)
-PCI-E locking mechanism seems kinda of cheap

Other Thoughts: -if you are just looking for something that is adequate enough to support a modern system that isn't too OC intensive (if at all) but has the ability to be fitted with parts to make it fast enough to run any game or perform any task than this board makes sense.

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  • Michael C.
  • 6/19/2014 8:09:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Mobo, but no Power Saving Options.

Pros: This board has performed really well since I got it, setup was easy, it boots quickly and has just been a workhorse. It was a great buy for the money.

Cons: Now that i'm more concerned with my power bill then benchmark scores, i've been spending time trying to pull my power bill down. Unfortunately, delving into the BIOS gives zero options for sleep and hibernation modes. Only tools to boost performance. I'm really disappointed that i can't get his mobo to switch things off when they aren't in use to save some money on my power bill. We have 5 computers up and running in our home and saving as much power on each of them is really important.

Other Thoughts: The Motheboard is solid and a good price. I have to take an egg off for the lack of green power options. If you don't care about how much juice your computer uses, this is a good board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
For the power saving (sleep, hibernate) related, these option can be done by Windows. Please refer to Windows Power Option under Control panel.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Dan L.
  • 6/6/2014 4:30:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFirst time, Last time ASRock

Pros: * USB 3.0 Ports on back
* EIDE for legacy DVD/CD drives
* 2x SATA 3 ports

Cons: * No USB Keyboard control on boot. Fortunately I had an old PS/2 keyboard that I could use. Just to verify, I tested all USB ports front and back with multiple USB keyboards but all failed to be recognized by MB and the computer would boot straight through to boot device.

* No USB boot option on boot menu or BIOS
Huh? What!?! Really, No USB boot? If USB boot option is there they have conveniently hidden it. I work with hundreds of computers everyday, USB boot is a critical element because we use DART and other USB boot options. ASRock just simply fails on this critical feature.

I've not tried to update the BIOS yet, but this is something that should be available years ago on ANY motherboard. Simply unacceptable, ASRock is no longer an option on any of my future purchases.

* Issues with some DDR3 Ram. Failed to function properly with PC3-10600/1333. Computer seemingly functioned properly but would get onboard video distortion and also it would fail to boot Win7 DVD install disk.

Other Thoughts: The initial specs were appealing and the price appeared reasonable but I would have paid more for a dependable motherboard that I could do a USB Boot and also use a USB keyboard on boot to access bios. Why does ASRock fail on the most basic and simplest of requirements for today's motherboards?

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Bootable USB drive can be boot from mainboard.
Please set the BIOS default (press F9 in BIOS).
Plug keyboard and mouse to USB 2.0 (grey).
Press F11 repeatedly to bring boot menu once system is started, select desire USB drive to bbot.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Jose B.
  • 5/21/2014 12:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsMotherboard AsRock 960gm/u3se fx

Pros: The motherboard so far is good but requires microsoft windows to operate the
bios Basically the bios do not work with Linux

Cons: The audio connector is dead simply does not work I have not used the board to its maximum so I do not know if all the sockets work
I used a sound card connected to a usb port to bypass the bad audio connector

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