- AMD A75 (Hudson D3)
- APU (FM2 Socket)
- DDR3 1866/1600
Lasted 4.5 months 03/27/2014
I got 4.5 months out of the board. Small, compact. Plenty of USB ports ( 3 x 3.0 and 5 x 2.0), an HD Audio jack, an RJ-45 ethernet port, 1 x DVI-D and 1 x S-Sub (VGA) port.
It had all kinds of hiccups during that 4.5 months. It was the motherboard of a mid-level gaming computer I bought in mid October. I was playing BF 4 on it and noted I was getting some artifacting, ghosts, stutters and the occasional drop from the game while playing so I monitored the heat a bit more while playing and found it was heating up a little but not to any degree that should harm the board. I originally thought it didn't have enough fans for a mid level gamer so I put an additional fan (external) that blew on the computer and that seemed to have calmed it down... for a month. Finally, one day while I was playing a quick round or two it totally died on me. The onboard graphics (Radeon HD 8670D Graphics) evidently torched... I replaced it with a Sapphire toxic R9 270X PCIe GPU and bumped up the power supply with a Rosewill 850W but the motherboard would have nothing to do with it. It was done... toast. So, if you're getting it for a mid level gamer, don't. Luckily, the folks that I bought the computer from are doing an RMA for a new motherboard. They're standing behind their product.
Also cons but they fall in line with the motherboard's compact size. Only three expansion slots- PCIe 2.0(x16) (running x16), PCIe 2.0(x1) slot and 1 PCI slot. No HDMI port and no wireless but I remedied the wireless with a simple fob purchase. I don't think they put too much thought in the board's layout. There's just doesn't seem to be enough room to add cooling peripherals, etc. It gets hot fast. I used the stock (300 watt) power supply for the first 3 months and was getting all kids of ghosts, etc. in BF4. I put an externally powered fan on the machine and installed the 850 watt power supply and it ran at about the same temperature... a bit less. I just don't think the board could handle the graphics that was stock on the board. If you're going to use this board for gaming then buy a separate gpu, imho.
I expect another ASRock board to come back my way via the computer company's RMA. I'll give that a go and see where it takes me. I have 7 more months on my warranty. All's good with the computer manufacturer so far.
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