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This review is from: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 + SB710 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This review focuses on the XFast Lan. I've been playing League of Legends on my notebook with Premiertek PL-18N USB 2.0 GAMEBASE Adapter 2X9DBI ANTENNA. And I was using a neighbors wifi (with permission) and latency was terrible half the time. Then I started using my desktop with the same USB wifi adapter and XFast Lan has given me smooth gameplay by decreasing bandwidth for better latency. Even through a USB wifi card it's rockin'!
Also, it's a solid mobo. No issues, no updates because rule of thumb, if the bios works leave it. Updates "may" kill. But that goes with any PC tech.
Cons: Due to the extra stuff, XFast usb, Lan, Ram, windows 7 64 load times seem longer but I do have a slow HD as my OS Disk. (just can't help it atm) No egg off for it as I do believe it's unrelated.
Other Thoughts: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
4 GB DDR3 1333
AMD RHD 6850
I feel the benefits of having the additional ASRock utilities fully outweigh any additional Windows load time. I can't wait to try the XFast Ram with games when I have more ram to play with.
Been in PC repair, custom builds, since 2004.
Pros: This beauty has played Deus Ex HR, LoL, D3, Saints Row the 3rd, The Secret World, and Marvel Heroes (beta) on high or max settings. Temps idle at 38c, hitting 70c under load with fair air cooling. I haven't had any issues and have as stated played several games for hours. Even Marvel Heroes which is still in early closed beta has played great and without artifacts.
Cons: None, I knew what I was buying and received exactly that.
Other Thoughts: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz Quad Core
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 Motherboard
G.SKILL Value Series 4GB DDR3 1333
SAPPHIRE 11180-00 Radeon HD 6850
Don't forget to check wikipedia when comparing AMD video cards (they have a whole page for comparison), and make good use of Ctrl+F to find what you want.
This is a best bang for your buck to be sure.
Sorry I couldn't post a link but that's against neweggs policy.
Pros: Using a DVI to VGA connection the picture is bright and crisp. No dead pixels. The menu has your standard options and presets for color, etc. Games and films look great.
Cons: Lack of other connection types like HDMI and so on. But I knew this before hand. I'm saying it now because I think that with the way media is changing our lives; a more varied connection would be nice as a standard.
Other Thoughts: For the price and picture you can't beat it. I would and am recommending this to friends.READ FULL REVIEW