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BIOSTAR TA970 Ver. 5.3 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

5 out of 5 eggs Great Motherboard Until I Killed it with Too Many Volts 03/20/2016

This review is from: BIOSTAR TA970 Ver. 5.3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: To begin, I have to say how well this motherboard served me from the time I was just a young man in 2013 to a slightly less young man in 2016. As I wrote in my first review on this board I just recently wrote in the beginning of March, 2016, this board never caused me problems unless I caused them. Well, speaking of never causing problems until I cause them...I killed my poor baby. Last week I received a new cooler for my FX-6300. The cooler did well, so I pushed up the clock speed. I paid close attention to my CPU temps, but I neglected my poor board! A part that HWmonitor could not name reached 85C (I only noticed this because my CPU suddenly underclocked itself while only being at 48C. so I looked at every temp in the program to find one at 85C. The board did not stop running, I never knew there would be a problem until the next day when I tried turning on my computer on to find that the board does nothing except route power to my fans.

Now, i am not trying to push the average person away from this board at all. This board is a solid, cheap board. I want to point out that I had a light overlock on this board for over two years before I killed my board with an extreme overclock. I thought too highly of this board, which is my fault. This board did not sell me "superdupper high overclocking capabilities." It was my mistake and I am going to stand by this board.

A moment of silence for this great board everyone

Cons: Still never could get my RAM speed to 1866. I will say that someone from Biostar commented stating that it should if the RAM supports the speed (it does, i guess they assumed that I tried to overclock my RAM), and I have to say how great it is that they are still supporting the board to this level in 2016 because I didn't even have to ask them.

I do want to point out to the next Biostar rep, who might find this, that I can make the RAM go to 1866 MHz, but I experience game crashes when I do.

Other Thoughts: Girls and Boys, if you plan to buy this board and overclock, keep the overclock light.

And thank you Biostar! I will be buying one of your $100-150 motherboards tonight to replace my old baby.

Minus one egg from Microsoft because their operating system locks itself to the motherboard it is activated on. Bad Microsoft, bad!

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs So Great That It Killed My Motherboard 03/20/2016

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Funny story, this thing has such good cooling that I could keep my FX-6300 further, further, and further on my cheap, but well featured, motherboard that I bought in 2013. I just kept pushing the clock speed higher and higher. HWmonitor said that a part was reaching high temperatures when I hit the 4.6 GHz point on my CPU (with more voltage to go before hitting 1.41). HWmonitor did not know the name of the part so, as I found in my research, it provides it the name of TMPIN to such parts. I think it is safe to say that this part belonged to something on my Motherboard because my computer will not boot or anything the day after doing my crazy overclocking. I did not notice that this part reached such a high temperature (Because I was going "H$%y COW, look at these low temps" every time I looked at my CPU temps) until my computer underclocked itself while I was doing Prime95, so I looked at ALL my temperatures to find one part reaching 85C. A moment of silence to my cheap Biostar Motherboard. Haha, good job CoolerMaster.....I will see you in court. Just kidding CoolerMaster.

Cons: Deadly

Other Thoughts: Great cooler that is reasonable in size for those who don't have very deep cases. Now I am going to have to measure out new motherboards by using ratios to make sure this thing does not hit my RAM or anything.

ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. This card does not create any additional noise than what my computer already created when simply doing daily computer tasks.

2. The temperature of this card only goes beyond 60 degrees C when I am benchmarking on a game. Normal 60 FPS gaming keeps this baby under 60 (Great for when I want to overclock in the future).

3. The design of the card looks very attractive.

4. Plays all my games on high or ultimate

5. GPU tweak is a great application

6. Great price point

7. ASUS is a reliable company with great hardware.

This card is a good purchase for any PC gamer. Not only is the price accessible to many, it has enough power to play every game that I throw at it on the highest settings (except games that require a lot more CPU power like Planet Side 2, but I plan on overclocking my FX-6300 to remove the bottleneck. If I can overclock it to 4.5 GHz, I will be set and ready to go) . The temperatures of this card are within a well acceptable range of 60C; with these temperatures, I can overclock this GPU to extremes (depending on how well I did in the GPU lottery). Direct Power really has its benefits.

Cons: This is really on Newegg, not the card at all. After receiving the box with my new 760, I opened the box to find a great deal of bubble wrap. Now you might be thinking "What is the big deal? They wanted to make sure that your card was protected during shipping." When I removed the bubble wrap, I found that the GPU's box was sitting on the bottom with no bubble wrap under it. What was the logic behind only protecting the top of the GPU? That box could have easily been upside down (keep it mind that would mean that the only thing separating the GPU and its box from any physical punishment was just another thin cardboard box). This kind decision making put my card at risk of being damaged during shipping which could force me to RMA the card and wait for a new one to arrive.
Newegg, place a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box, place the GPU on top of that bottom layer, place bubble wrap on the sides, and then put another layer on the top. Isn't that simple?

I need to over overclock my CPU to access all of my GPU's power in some games (not the GPU's fault that it is too powerful for my stock speed FX-6300)

Other Thoughts: I upgraded to the GTX 760 from a GT 520 (I am just as surprised as you are that my old GPU could even play games on low). This jump in performance will be the biggest jump I will ever experience in PC gaming. Seriously, the games that were barely playable are now beautiful, crisp, and smooth in both image quality and frame rate. Planetside 2 is a whole new game to me now that I can play the game at 60 FPS on high settings.
I will be using this card until 900 or 1000 series comes out, and I know already that it will provide me a quality gaming experience until my next upgrade in 3 to 5 years.


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Display Name: Charlie

Date Joined: 07/22/12

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  • First Review: 02/01/14
  • Last Review: 03/20/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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