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ASRock 970M Pro3 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + AMD SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: well it was recommended by tech sites as the newest/better micro atx motherboard for fx 8320 and higher processors.

Cons: Where to begin...the 2133mhz ram that was found on neweggs memory finder wont clock higher then 1866mhz without blue screens...nice to find that out after I wasted numerous hours troubleshooting. Also came with a bad sata cable that I didnt find out about until again wasting numerous hours of troubleshooting.

Other Thoughts: Not happy with the quality control here, I can see others have had the same problem with ram/sata cables but of course they dont put that on their product page and only recommend trying a different sata cable which leads me to believe they know they shipped a ton of these with bad cables. Also the fact that I can find numerous gkskill/asrock tech sites indicating that this motherboard and processor wont handle past 1866mhz leaves me scratching my head as to why its listed under compatible ram for this motherboard under newegg ram finder. Overall big headache and not happy with first Asrock board ever...will probably be my last.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: works at lower clock speeds...but why would I pay more money for that?

Cons: not compatible with asrock 970 pro 3 motherboard and fx 8320 processor...its all over the web that this motherboard and processor will only handle up to 1866mhz yet the newegg memory finder found this RAM for me saying it will work. Needless to say I've spent countless wasted hours trying to load different hard drives, memory tester (which the ram tested fine). It defaults to 1600mhz in the bios and if you try to load the profile for the ram and bump it up to what its suppose to run at (2133mhz) you get a blue screen until you change it back. Not very cool..alot of wasted time/money figuring out that newegg/gskill doesnt even tell you about compatibility issues when you're checking for compatible ram for that mainboard.

Other Thoughts: I already had crucial 1600mhz ram that worked just fine, was trying to get faster ram, not more expensive ram at the same speeds!

ZOTAC AMP! SUPERCLOCKED ZT-70203-10P G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Any game I throw at it, Ultra settings without studders...The 3 massive fans keep it cool also. I expect this card to continue being able to handle Ultra Settings without studders for atleast the next 2-3 years. A true beast of graphics!

Cons: Only con i'm having right now is trying to find the smallest micro atx mini case it can fit into to turn it into my own steam/windows gaming box.

Other Thoughts: I spent as much as my whole xbox one on a graphics card...but this can do 120fps easily...X1 has troubles doing 60fps.


Bradley B.'s Profile

Display Name: Bradley B.

Date Joined: 02/07/13

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/23/15
  • Last Review: 05/23/15
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