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BIOSTAR TA970 Ver. 5.3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Price, feature set

Cons: Primitive BIOS, limited OC features

Other Thoughts: I've used these boards in numerous customer builds and two of my systems are running them, and I've had no serious problems woith them yet. The TA 970 has great features for the price, a three-year warranty and like all AM3+ boards sockets a huge number of processors. I wouldn't try OC'ing a 125W chip but the VRM handles lower-wattage CPUs with no problems. This board is a great choice for anyone wanting some extra performance / OC capability in a budget build.

ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates (Asus Certified)
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seemed like a good deal, arrived with all hardware and accessories.

Cons: Described as a 600 Mbps adapter and is not, it's only 300 Mbps.

Also described as having a rebate attached to it - it does not.

Other Thoughts: Clearly a mistake by the content team - actually two mistakes. Sending it back on favor of a new product.

ID-COOLING SE-213 CPU Cooler 120mm PWM Fan, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, Big Airflow High Cooling Performance
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good value for smaller cases that need a little extra cooling.

Cons: Product finish not stellar, high effort to install.

Other Thoughts: Bought this cooler for a Micro ATX mid tower case (running AMD) that wouldn't accommodate a taller cooler like the Hyper 212 EVO. On the plus side, it comes assembled to install on the AMD sockets, but I deducted half an egg each for the following:
1. Noticed the finish on the bottom of the heatsink plate (the part that contacts the IHS) was imperfect, some marring and gouges where the grinder went a little nuts.
2. Although compatible with AM2, AM3 and FM2 sockets, mine required a ridiculous amount of effort to actually get the bracket to lock into place. I was sure the force would either damage the CPU, socket or both, or literally snap the board in half. But I got it locked in place and the PC is no worse for wear. Still...


Christopher B.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 09/29/13

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 11/21/13
  • Last Review: 12/10/15
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