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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Ya can't hear it post BECAUSE.... 04/29/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Put it in my case, added my components (INCLUDING A SPEAKER!) and it fired up and has worked great, so far.

Oh, and I saved $20 when I bought open-box.

Cons: There is no onboard speaker.

I was turned off from buying this by supposed tech experts that are too cocky to even notice that ya can't hear it post simply because, I repeat:

THERE IS NO ONBOARD SPEAKER.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded from an AM3 board but kept my Phenom 965. The upgraded chipset really gave me an obvious, but not significant, boost. Can't wait to see this thing burnin' with an actual AM3+ chip in it.

Don't forget a speaker because, according to others, you will apparently be furious.

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Brisbane Dual-Core 2.3GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor ADO4400IAA5DU
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Newegg shipped it quickly, as usual. It came in a little plastic box like a small toy or jewelry might come in. It's AM2 which works with my board, and it's Dual-core + 64-bit which are capabilities that my previous processor did not have...

Cons: It's not really the speed increase I was expecting. I am still running WinXP-32 and it doesn't seem a huge step over the lil' Socket 754/Sempron 3100+ I was running before. Maybe I haven't put it through the proper paces yet because I am pretty busy.

Other Thoughts: My roommates say they can tell a difference in speed and load times. Me, being the "computer nerd" in the house, can't really notice much of a difference but it does work and in benchmark tests, my new setup is almost 10x faster than the old one.

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ASRock A780FullHD AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very Pleased 04/03/2009

This review is from: ASRock A780FullHD AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great specs, ports in all the right places, no problem getting it going. I just connected everything, powered it on, and it booted right up. The onboard video can combine with another PCI-E card with the same chipset to provide Crossfire functionality...

Cons: Not the speed boost I expected but I kind of skimped on the proc (AthX2 4400+), kept my SATA1.5 hard drives, and also only bought one stick of RAM (going to get the second soon). The onboard video is not awesome even compared to the 6 year old ATI AGP card I already had but I am not a huge PC gamer so this was not much of an issue.

Other Thoughts: If you are thinking of going AM2, get this board. It provides compatibility and functionality with a lot of different mem and CPU types to provide for future upgrades. I got a Dual Core Brisbane and 1x2GB DDR2/800 to put into this one but it will accept less plus I can upgrade to a Quad w/ 1066Mhz RAM when I am ready.

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Kyle P.'s Profile

Display Name: Kyle P.

Date Joined: 09/14/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 03/24/09
  • Last Review: 04/29/14
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