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ASRock 970 Extreme4 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Not a good multi-GPU board at all, though it does work 09/14/2016

This review is from: ASRock 970 Extreme4 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: 3 x PCI-Ex16 slots
Wide CPU support
2 x PS2 connections (nice for folks that don't have a lot of USB mice/KB/KVMs)

Cons: Board does NOT support multi-GPU very well at all, almost NO throughput to the 3'd PCI-E x16 slot if you are using the other 2, and poor performance on the other 2 even when only using 2 x16 slots.

UEFI bios, like EVERY UEFI bios I've ever had to use, is a ROYAL PAIN to set up, and this one doesn't offer very good configurability outside of CPU/Memory overclocking options.

Other Thoughts: I will not even LOOK at this board again - there are less expensive options that work well for a single GPU, and there are MUCH HIGHER PERFORMANCE options at only a few $ more for multi-GPU setups.

I don't understand why they include a SLI bridge with the board, the performance even in a 2-way SLI setup is VERY POOR.

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SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable
Full modular
quiet

Cons: Lower price would be nice, but you DO get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I've been using SeaSonic X-series PS for a long time, only ever had ONE die and that one was infant mortality replaced quite quickly through NewEgg (not bad out of a few DOZEN used over the years).
SeaSonic is one of a VERY short list of power supply makers I will buy or recommend products from.

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ASUS PB258Q Black 25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice sharp bright picture
Support for most current common interfaces.
Interface for the controls is a bit clunky but works fairly well.

Cons: The stand is A ROYAL PAIN IN THE REAR.
"spring loaded" design just WON'T stay put, and it does NOT go low enough even when it's PUSHED down to the bottom stop.
This stand is THE WORST excuse for a stand I've ever suffered through.
Speakers are a PAIN, have to turn EVERYTHING UP INCLUDING THE EQUALISER SETTINGS TO MAX to get them to be audible at all.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this on sale, didn't look at the specs closely enough - turns out it's a widescreen that is TOO WIDE for the space I wanted to mount it in, and has very poor support for non-widescreen modes which makes it a pain to set up on any of my machines THE WAY I WANT IT.
Between the "cons" issues and the thing not being a good fit, in 20/20 hindsight I should never have ordered this thing, but I NEEDED a replacement when my previous "best" monitor died.

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Display Name: Brice F.

Date Joined: 04/18/13

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 09/04/13
  • Last Review: 09/14/16
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