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ASRock 970 Extreme4 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Bought this in 2011, and it still works great. Ran my Phenom II X4, and now runs my FX 8350. BIOS is easy to look at, and updating it to handle the new CPU was super easy. Have not tried overclocking.

Cons: I do wish there was another connection for a front panel fan, located on the East side of the motherboard. It only has one, and I would have to buy a case fan with an extra long cable to either reach the top North mobo fan connector, or the South one. Also the front panel headphone and stereo connection is located all the way on the West side of the mobo. A little inconvenient if you decide to us a non-USB headset or stereo in the front. I disconnected mine, as it was the only cable to run across my mobo awkwardly.

Edit (07/14/2016):

I must warn you if you plan on pairing this motherboard with an 8 core CPU. I suggest you find one that has an 8+1 power phase, as this mobo is only a 4+1 and I regret to say, is simply not optimal for the 8 core CPU, resulting in FPS drops for demanding games like the Witcher 3, with noticeable choppiness and sometimes lag. The VRMs are apparently not up to par with the 8+1 powerphase mobos. YOU MUST TURN OFF "TURBOCORE" SETTING IN BIOS!!! This setting actually HINDERED my performance with games like Bad Company 2 and (can you believe it) Mount and Blade: Warband. I'm in the process of finding a new motherboard because of the power phase issue. 4 cores is fine, though 8 cores is not optimal. I cannot comment on 6 cores.

Other Thoughts: In my case, this was a reliable and affordable motherboard. Deserves the 5 eggs after almost 5 years of use.

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: RAM was cheap back in 2011 when I did my first build. Still relatively cheap today too, and this is a reliable set of RAM that still works after 5 years.

Cons: None.

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Still strong after 5 years. Does its job perfectly.

Cons: None that I can think of.


Joseph N.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph N.

Date Joined: 03/30/11

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 08/14/13
  • Last Review: 07/14/16
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