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ASRock ASRock Gaming Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+/AM3 AMD 990FX + AMD SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice appearance. Shipped with protective foam around it. Made for overclocking 8-core CPUs, which it does very well. BIOS is really nice and easy to figure out. Onboard audio is excellent! What's not to like?

Cons: Only con I can think of, is the fan controls are a bit iffy. If you set to manual overclock, then the fan controls go to full speed, anyway.

Other Thoughts: I got this to replace a Gigabyte 970 chipset board that would not handle overclocking my FX-8320. This one is similar in features but handles overclocking like a champ! Also, my LCD bar on the front of my case did not work properly with the Gigabyte board because Speedfan wouldn't read everything, but it works perfectly with this board. I could not be happier with this board! If its as durable as it appears to be, I'll be happy for years to come.

GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/Sec compatible. Works well for the average computer or multimedia computer. Very stable as long as you don't try to overclock.

Cons: Don't try to overclock, it will lose all stability under load. The VRMs (voltage regulation modules) on this motherboard cannot handle overclocking much at all. Also, if your case has a drive bay made to allow space for large graphics cards, the main PCI-Express 2.0 slot on this board is moved over one slot farther from the CPU. That won't affect most people, but it did me. I have to remove my graphics card, to swivel up my drive tray.

Other Thoughts: I initially gave this thing 5 eggs. Using it under normal circumstances it works quite well and is very stable. However, I realized shortly after my initial review, that it is not stable at all under load, when you overclock even a little bit. If you like to get a little more out of your FX 6300 or FX 8320/8350, save yourself a lot of headache, go with a 990 chipset and stay away from this one.

Manufacturer Recertified Corsair Force Series GT 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Speedy, works as expected. Loads most programs instantly.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: First one was DOA. Newegg RMA process sent a replacement, second one works quite well. Durability remains to be seen, but so far, so good.


James C.'s Profile

Display Name: James C.

Date Joined: 07/03/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/20/15
  • Last Review: 07/21/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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