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ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Not for the Inexperienced 01/24/2014

This review is from: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 1. One of the few 775 motherboards available.
2. Use of DDR 3 Memory
3. Onboard video

Cons: 1. Motherboard Failure to properly identify CPU.
2. ASRock memory compatibility list for compatible 2x4 memory modules.
3. Motherboard is difficult to set up if you do not have some technical background.

Other Thoughts: 1. I have an old intel E4300 duo core cpu. The motherboard improperly detects it as a E6320. Being detected as such limits OCing. I had this cpu OC'd to 3.01 on my previous board.
2. Initially the MB did not boot with DDR3 modules I had purchased for this motherboard. As you may have read in some of the previous reviews, some purchasers said the MB was DOA, did not boot, etc. This MB is very particular as to the DDR 3 modules being used. If you plan to go this route, plan to purchase DDR 3 modules that use 1.5 volts. I had purchased 1.65 V modules initially when the board failed to boot. The ASRock site have little to no DDR3 2x4 modules listed as compatible.
3. BIOS settings are very limited.
a. Voltage settings are nil to none
b. CPU FSB is linked to memory
c. BIOS must be reset when changing from DDR2 to DDR3 (don't forget the manual pin setting).

Hope this is helpful for those looking for a replacement 775 MB.

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