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Pros: One of the best mobos you can get for a pretty outdated platform. Still waiting on a AM3+ microATX board with crossfire..
Cons: Not the most feng shui choice of connector placements; The sideways SATA ports are nice, but then there's a 5th port out in the middle of nowhere, facing a different direction.. On top of that, there's a chassis fan connector just below the I/O sockets, which leaves me little choice but to drape a hideous wire across half my board..
There's also an ACTUAL issue; After updating to the latest bios (whatever the current release is at the time of writing this review), my system when from seemingly stable - to random blue screens here and there, same amount of usage, with the exact same bios settings. The bios description says, "Increased system stability"...
Was trying to solve an issue with my SSD and ended up in an even worse situation.
Other Thoughts: Decent motherboard, be warned, don't update the bios.
Oh and also I think it draws more power for my 8320 now too, but can't confirm.
This review is from: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 5 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: When it is working fine, there's nothing really to complain about. It unlocks most times, but when it doesn't..
Cons: Here's the thing.. I bought this board about a year ago to unlock my Phenom II x4 960T, but it doesn't do that very well. There is probably not enough room in this review to list all the issues I've had, frankly, it hurts to think about them.
I've written ASRock multiple times and they were nice enough to respond once telling me "hey unlocking cores is risky" and then go on to tell me when overclocking you may need to go as high as 1.5v. Coincidently, the newest bios version (1.70) is the most stable, but the vcore is now LOCKED at around 1.38v with the correct settings. So now my choice is consistency/underclocking, or inconsistency/overclocking with older bios versions. WHY?
Other Thoughts: The point is, the cpu unlocks just fine, because when it does unlock, the thing works great. The problem is the mobo failing to consistently unlock it (and sometimes failing to keep it unlocked). I would say 65% of starts go as planned, meaning; cores unlock, frequencies are what I tell them to be, get into windows and go, no problems.
You don't want to know how frustrating 65% is, if you plan on unlocking cores, DO NOT CHOOSE THIS BOARD. Also, I regret waiting this long for a proper bios to post a review. Sorry to anyone planning to unlock, bought this board without being informed, and ended up in the same situation.
Phenom II x4 960T (unlocked to a x6 1600T(sometimes))
ASRock 970 Extreme3
8gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600
120gb OCZ Vertex III
2x HD 7770 in crossfire
Pros: -Decent APU, does what you expect a mobile processor to do.
-For what it is.. the HDD is fine. Quick and silent. You don't "have" to upgrade.
-The 4gb ram is just fine.
-Should be capable of mid-range gaming on AC but haven't tested yet. So don't quote me :3
-The keys can be unresponsive depending on how your hands are resting.
-The touchpad can be unresponsive (but is quite accurate feeling when it DOES work).
-Lousy viewing angles.
-The plasic on the back of the screen looks very flimsy. I'm affraid that carrying it around would risk cracking it.
Other Thoughts: This lappy is actually an RMA. The first arrived with a defective wifi adapter. Other than that, both had the same pros and cons.
I honestly don't know how this product had 5/5 eggs for so long. It definitely doesn't deserve such prestige unless earlier batches were made better (doubt). Also surprised that none of the other reviewers mention the camera quality. You'd think Samsung of all laptop manufacturers would have a decent cam at least. Makes me wonder.
Would like to give less eggs to lower the avg but naaah. Happy with the purchase over-all at $370.. until I think "man, for that much I could've had a really slick smartphone".