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ASRock 970M Pro3 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + AMD SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD 970 + AMD SB950
  • Phenom II X6/ X4/ X3/ X2 (except 920/ 940)/ Athlon II X4/ X3/ X2/ Sempron
  • DDR3 2400+(OC)/ 2100(OC)/ 1866(OC)/ 1800(OC)/ 1600(OC)/ 1333/ 1066 non-ECC, un-buffered

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The ASRock 970M Pro3 offers a blend of performance and features for those looking to build a power house without breaking the bank. Powered by AMD 970 and AMD SB950 chipset, this motherboard supports AMD AM3+ / AM3 series CPUs, and features two PCIe x16 slots with 2-way CrossFire support for scalable graphics performance based on your needs. ASRock builds this motherboard with solid capacitor design for robust durability and reliability in harsh environments, plus ELNA Audio Caps for pure, audiophile-class sound from onboard audio. ASRock Full Spike Protection safeguards precision-engineered components against power surges. USB 3.0 and SATA III allow you to get the most of the latest storage technology. Beyond what you can expect from a motherboard at this price range, this model also packs Intel Gigabit LAN, High Density Glass Fabric PCB, 7.1-ch HD audio and an array of ASRock exclusive features that elevate your experience.

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Some sensitive digital components on the motherboard are vulnerable to power surges, the excessive current may cause your system to malfunction immediately. ASRock Full Spike Protection includes various technologies to prevent your motherboard’s components from being damaged by these unexpected voltage spikes.

Surge Protection

Protects the motherboard from excessive surges from the power supply unit.

Lightning Protection

The onboard LAN chip is protected against sudden and violent voltage spikes caused by lightning.

ESD Protection

USB: Added ICs to protect the onboard USB ports from electrostatic discharges.

LAN: Prevents the onboard LAN from being damaged by electrostatic discharges.

MOSFETs: MOSFETs in critical areas use a special design for protecting them from electrostatic discharge during the installation process.

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AM3+ 8-Core Processor Support

This board is designed to build up the most powerful system and delivers the most demanding technology for users nowadays. Just enjoy next generation computing with ASRock 8-Core CPU Ready motherboard.

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ELNA Audio Caps

Who says high quality audio is only available on high-end motherboards? ASRock applied ELNA audio capacitors on mainstream and entry-level motherboards! Compared with traditional solid caps, the leakage current of ELNA audio caps is merely 3uA. This is the key to reduce noise level significantly and satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles.

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Solid Capacitor Design

ASRock applied solid capacitors on this motherboard. With these solid caps, this motherboard is allowed to perform more stably and ensure longer lifetime.

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Gigabit LAN

This ASRock motherboard uses a Realtek gigabit LAN chip to support extremely fast internet connections.

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High Expandability

Four USB 3.0 5Gb/s ports (Two in the front and two on the rear) for supporting all of your peripherals with fast data transfer speed.

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2*PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16/x4)

Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and CrossFireX with AMD graphics cards for eye popping, jaw dropping, mind melting visuals.

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Sapphire Black PCB

Pure black PCB appearance. The new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.

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High Density Glass Fabric PCB

What you’ve never understood about your computer is that it is scared to death of water, H2O, humidity or whatever you’d like to name it. And even though you do not see the water, actually there may be lots of excessive moist in the air killing your motherboard silently and slowly. No, your motherboard doesn’t melt when in contact with water like the wicked witch of the west, but it dies of short circuit. Luckily, ASRock has a new High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.

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ASRock’s X-Boost Technology is a smart auto-overclocking function and is brilliantly designed to unlock the hidden cores of your CPUs. Simply press "X" when turning on the PC, X-Boost will automatically overclock the relative components to get up to 116% performance boost! With the smart X-Boost, overclocking CPU or unlock CPU cores can become a near one-button process. (* The functionality of “Unlock CPU Cores” feature might vary by different processors.)

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ASRock APP Shop

ASRock APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock APP Shop.

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Dampness kills most electronics, so it's a better idea to keep your personal computer dry. Now users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling Dehumidifier. When it is enabled, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state.

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Easy Driver Installer

For users that don’t have an optical disk drive to install the drivers from our support CD, Easy Driver Installer is a handy tool in the UEFI that installs the LAN driver to your system via an USB storage device, then downloads and installs the other required drivers automatically through the internet. Completely no CD or optical disk drive required!

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great budget board 8/3/2020 9:03:30 AM

Pros: This board is micro Atx there's another board ASROCK 970 pro3 R2.0 that's full size but you can't find it new just refurbished so get this board while you can

Overall Review: would recommend this board to other's

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Be Careful 7/29/2020 5:35:07 PM

Overall Review: In my innocence, I conflated "no video" with "no onboard graphics". Without a GPU, the board is incapable of producing a post screen out of the box. Have a PCIe Graphics Card or Graphics Adapter in-hand and ready to install before purchasing!

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued ASRock Customer,

Thank you for purchase and review.
Unfortunately, the board does not have onboard video.
For more information, please visit link below for boards' specification.

If you have any technical or warranty inquiry in the future, please contact us at
We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Works OK, just not the feature set I expected out of 970 Chipset experience 7/4/2020 12:38:10 PM

Pros: Works fine, economical price, but not very good for over-clocking like other options. Definitely consider other boards for more flexibility, settings options, and tweaking.

Cons: Basic and not very feature blessed.

Overall Review: A good basic and solid board but not in the same class as my primary computer's MSI 970 G43 Plus board. GUI and overclocking/monitoring are rudimentary and non-intuitive.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
motherboard 6/25/2020 3:35:11 AM

Pros: bought replacement for same board that was used 5 years

Overall Review: replacement

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Exceptional Card for Price 6/22/2020 1:35:31 PM

Pros: Working order, plug and play as needed
Speedy motherboard for home build

Cons: No integrated graphics

Overall Review: Dope for the price and worked out the box, unlike some other cards available in the price range.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice Motherboard 6/14/2020 6:55:52 PM

Overall Review: Better than expected.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Good board, when it works 6/11/2020 6:36:01 PM

Pros: - AM3+ in 2020
- MicroATX with essentially ATX level performance from this chipset
- Crossfire, if anyone still uses that
- Support for a wide variety of DDR3 RAM
- VRMs are surprisingly capable for OC'ing
- Good BIOS interface
- Looks nice

Cons: Easily the most ESD sensitive motherboard I have ever used. I'm on my third one and just yesterday it gave me a scare as it wouldn't POST on startup after installing a CPU cooler outside of the case on a grounded surface. I took the normal troubleshooting steps (remove CMOS battery, drain case power, etc.) before I swore off this board forever and thankfully it works now. I was about ready to lose it because I had just finished putting this system together and the last thing I needed was yet another dead motherboard. I'm at a loss as to why this board is so sensitive. I've built computers as old as Pentium II era hardware and I have never once had a motherboard die due to ESD. This board managed to do so twice, and almost did it a third. I'm using risers, making sure nothing metal is making contact with the edges of the board, only working on the board on a grounded surface, etc., and this has still managed to happen to me more in the past few weeks than it has in the past few decades. I'm not sure if ASRock decided that these boards aren't worth the few extra cents needed to make sure a nominal amount of ESD won't kill them or what, but it is pretty unsettling to think that simply working on my computer could result in a dead board, especially as AM3+ is looking to be phased out entirely soon.

Overall Review: If you live and work in a clean room, this motherboard won't give you any issues. For the rest of us, take extra care to make sure you don't allow any ESD to build up on this board, or else you're in for a world of pain.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
cool 6/9/2020 10:28:32 AM

Overall Review: works great

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