Joined on 10/02/05
AMD HD 7970 Ghz Rebrand But So What!
Pros: Amd made enough changes to the 280X compared to the HD 7970 Ghz card that it justified me buying this to replace my EVGA GTX 560Ti 1Gb SLI in my HTPC. In the theoretical debates from Game-Debate dot com this single card out performs my previous setup by a 32% margin and uses less power and is more silent! This same card has only 16% less performance when compared to a STOCK GTX 780! Cost performance ratio says this is the way to go especially when looking for an "inexpensive" single card solution.
Cons: Back in the day I actually spent more on my SLI setup than this card :/
Overall Review: From here on out I'll be sticking to a single card solution. I've tried Crossfire (real buggy) and SLI (kind of buggy) and have had enough of both. I've had enouhg of the display driver has stopped working! Especially for only gaming every now and then.
It did work for the most part
Pros: Pretty, UEFI, Features, Layout(kind of), Stable(kind of)
Cons: The first PCIe is pretty much rendered useless because of the northbridge heatsink, they definitely need a v2 of it. Not sure what they were thinking with that one. I always got a random drop of the windows boot manager around every three months and no matter what I tried I couldn't recover Windows. Always had to redo do it and do an image restore, thank goodness I keep an internal 2TB HDD for OS image and APP backup files, and now she has given me a checksum error for about a week and finally she won't even post anymore :/ Definitely the board though because everything else works on/with another board I have.
Overall Review: Not saying this isn't a great board when it was running right but to honest I've spent way less on a MOBO 6 years ago that's still going strong to this day. Not saying this indicative of ASRocks products because I also have a 970 Extreme board of theirs that is still going strong after a year of ownership. I didn't buy this from the Egg, less money somewhere else, but I am just giving my final review of this product and my experiences that came with it
Honestly, For Me, ASRock Equates to Junk
Pros: This one lasted longer than the last ASRock I had. Sticking with MSI, like I said the last time I bought one of their boards. It was on sale and had a rebate which is the only reason why I considered it when looking at consuming previous generation board and CPU. *Please note, I bought this in January of 2020*
Cons: I can expect 3-6months out of any ASRock board out of 3 boards of theirs now that I have purchased, garbage. This is the third time that the NVRam has corrupted itself to obliteration to where it won't boot, throws off missing OS, or just shuts down. Not my Ram, its dropped to 2133, pitiful, even dropped different Ram in it to test. Even threw my ram into my tried and true MSI boards and ran memtest on it. It's not my NVMe drive it worked just fine in my MSI board. It's not my 2700, upgraded my bios on my MSI board and it's not throwing any faults. Not my power supply. Not my EVGA 1080 GPU either. Not the drivers, same drivers are installed on my MSI board. It's definitely not the way I upgrade the bios on this or any other mobo. It's the NVRam for the UEFI/BIOS. Garbage!
Overall Review: I would not recommend this board, I would not buy this board, or any ASRock board, ever again, done. ASRock and ASUS are owned by the same parent company. ASUS used to stand for something in the MOBO world, ASRock never did other than cheap and less expensive, unfortunately, their parent company adopted the same practices for ASUS as they have been doing for ASRock, use less expensive components and sell for a premium. Paperweights are paperweights, some just cost a wee bit more than others these days when it comes to ASRock and ASUS, and it steadily has gotten worse over the past few years. Garbage!
Nice Little Case
Pros: Small, Great for less of a foot print under my bedroom TV.
Cons: Small, Can't cram as much awesomeness inside a smaller case as a full ATX. But with a bigger budget you can buy a better ITX Mobo with a bunch of awesomeness already on it.
Overall Review: Be mindful of either the size PSU or whatever CPU cooler you're pitting inside of this. The AMD Spire Cooler will fit in this with a full ATX PSU but be mindful of the space between them and which way your PSU is facing. I have an RX570 with the plug on top, if the plug was on the back of the card it would definitely start getting congested. You can cram a longer card in it, just make sure the plug(s) is on top.