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ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent Value and reliable board 05/02/2013

This review is from: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Reliable and relatively compact board for ATX design. Has some "lost" features like a serial port and PATA connectors. The tuning software included seems better than most. Overall I consider this to be very good budget board that can be tuned for additional performance.

Cons: Limited available supported 8 core CPU options.

Other Thoughts: Be sure to check the CPU support list for your current future CPU options. I purchased along with a Phenom II processor with the intent of upgrading to an 8 core FX (as advertising suggested I could). After looking at the supported CPU list, I found that it doesn't support the new FX-8350 and some others - even though they are within the board's power rating. Some of the supported 8 core CPUs are not available as boxed processors in the US. I consider this board a poor choice for an 8 core chip. I settled for a FX-6300 and am happy.

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Palit NE5X56TS1102-1140F GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) SONIC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is one of the best cards designs you'll find. It's smaller than reference. It is reasonably quiet. It also uses the wider design to get you more ports - you probably won't need to use an adapter. Oh - and it's fast too!!!!

Cons: The only down side I can find is that it vents heated air into the case, unlike most of the other designs that vent it directly out the back of the case. I can't really see that this is causing a problem, but I have a large well vented case. This might not be the best choice of card for more compact cases.

Other Thoughts: I really like this card. I upgraded from a GTX 260. The speed different isn't profound, but it is very noticeable. The compact size of the card now allows me to get to all the SATA ports on my motherboard. I expect this card to last me a while.

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ASUS EN8400GS Silent/P/512M GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-Bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This card was purchased to upgrade an old P4 Dell with integrated graphics so that the system would support Aero in Windows 7. It was selected because of it's lean power requirements, relative performance, and price. It scores an A+++ on those points. The fanless design was just an extra bonus. Should be able to game a little, but was not bought for that purpose.

Cons: Nothing really bad to say.

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic choice to give a bump to an integrated graphics chipset. It will get you new graphics features if your integrated chipset is older. For those with newer integrated chips (that already run Aero), it will get you from no gaming at all to running some newer stuff with reduced settings. The price after rebate and free shipping made this a steal.

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Bryan S.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryan S.

Date Joined: 05/10/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 05/12/10
  • Last Review: 05/02/13
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