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Pros: This motherboard is paired with an FX-8350 and 16GBs of Kingston Hyper X 1866 RAM. I had to replace a two-year-old Asus M5A97 that was failing in several ways...USB, LAN, and errors written to the hard drive.
I am EXTREMEly pleased with this motherboard as it now allows my CPU to run without any kind of throttling and NO BSODs!
Cons: I am getting an A2 error code BUT it still boots faster than my ASUS ever thought to boot! I plan to follow up on reseating my videocard(an XFX 6950 2GB) and disconnecting a Seagate 3TB external drive connected via USB 3.0.
i shall post a second review after checking these two possible solutions.
Other Thoughts: I had left AsRock motherboards behind back in 2010 because they had dropped their warranty to just 1 YEAR!
That made me think that their reliability was gone!
I hope that this motherboard proves to be reliable.
This review is from: ENERMAX T.B.VEGAS QUAD UCTVQ12P 120mm Blue/Red/Green/White LED Case Fan
Pros: This fan is attached to my tower CPU cooler and it works great. It is quiet and effective! My motherboard has been giving me problems and would report a CPU fan failure on an irritatingly consistent basis. With one glance through the side window of my Phantom case I can immediately tell that the motherboard is lying to me. A new motherboard is on it's way.
Cons: NONE!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Cost: I caught it on sale!
More effective than a Zalman 9600 by far! It has dropped the highest temps to 59 C. Before that I was getting 62 C and higher and then a shutdown.
But a portion of that was the outdated BIOS on my ASUS M5A97 motherboard. BIOS 1102 does NOT play well with an FX-8350!
Cons: Cons: Only one...it did not come with my FX-8350!
Other Thoughts: Update your BIOS. Clean all of your filters and fans and heatsinks on a regular basis.
The thing that gets me is that AMD will not have anything to replace the FX series until 2015. And it may be retired well before then.
I do not blame people for jumping ship and going to Intel. I have used AMD processors since 2004.
I shall just upgrade my current computer to more memory and an SSD for W7.