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ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Still strong after 5 years. Does its job perfectly.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has thumb screws for both sides. The expansion slots lock mechanism is convenient. Comes with 3 fans, 120mm in front and rear, 140 up top.

Cons: The front panel connector is actually connected to the face plate, so if you wanted to do some major work in the front, you would have to completely unplug the connectors on your motherboard for fear of bending the pins. The face plate and expansion windows are really difficult to take out, and it seems it would not take much stress to actually break the plastic. Cable management for non-modular power supplies is a headache. Red LED HDD light is annoying bright, its almost a laser pointer.

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: more than 1 year

Pros: Bought this in 2011, and it still works great. Ran my Phenom II X4, and now runs my FX 8350. BIOS is easy to look at, and updating it to handle the new CPU was super easy. Have not tried overclocking.

Cons: I do wish there was another connection for a front panel fan, located on the East side of the motherboard. It only has one, and I would have to buy a case fan with an extra long cable to either reach the top North mobo fan connector, or the South one. Also the front panel headphone and stereo connection is located all the way on the West side of the mobo. A little inconvenient if you decide to us a non-USB headset or stereo in the front. I disconnected mine, as it was the only cable to run across my mobo awkwardly.

Edit (07/14/2016):

I must warn you if you plan on pairing this motherboard with an 8 core CPU. I suggest you find one that has an 8+1 power phase, as this mobo is only a 4+1 and I regret to say, is simply not optimal for the 8 core CPU, resulting in FPS drops for demanding games like the Witcher 3, with noticeable choppiness and sometimes lag. The VRMs are apparently not up to par with the 8+1 powerphase mobos. YOU MUST TURN OFF "TURBOCORE" SETTING IN BIOS!!! This setting actually HINDERED my performance with games like Bad Company 2 and (can you believe it) Mount and Blade: Warband. I'm in the process of finding a new motherboard because of the power phase issue. 4 cores is fine, though 8 cores is not optimal. I cannot comment on 6 cores.

Other Thoughts: In my case, this was a reliable and affordable motherboard. Deserves the 5 eggs after almost 5 years of use.


Joseph N.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph N.

Date Joined: 03/30/11

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 08/14/13
  • Last Review: 07/14/16
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