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Item#: N82E16813130637
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866
  • $79.99
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

lots of sata and usb ports. price is good

Cons:

bad board for overclocking. the vrm section is poorly designed for increased power demands and overheats fast. also, no onboard usb3 header, but for such an inexpensive board, i'm not surprised

Other Thoughts:

when used at stock settings with 4 and 6 core processors, you can probably get away with this board. i wouldn't try a 8 core. running a fx6300 @ 4.3ghz, 1.4v took the vrm (reported as tmpin1 in hwmonitor) to a high point of 75C, average of 70C. case has high airflow. putting a small (80mm) fan directly on the vrm section improved temps by 5C. taking it back down to 4ghz, 1.28v dropped the vrm temps to 57C.

if planning on running stock settings, you'll be okay. maybe not an 8 core, however.

if overclocking a 6 or 8 core chip, spend the extra money the first time and get a better board

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