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This review is from: ASRock 970A-G/3.1 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: when it works its fine, more or less.
Cons: -had 3 different sets of ram -
2 16GB dual channel g.skill aries kits (total of 4 sticks of ram) - wont reboot , cold boots most times,and incorrectly detected . no combination from 1-4 sticks in any slot fixes this problem.
1 stick g.skill ripjaws V 4GB either not detected (memory error beeps) or never boots far enough to get into bios.
1 stick crucial econo ram 4GB . reboots 50% of the time from windows or bios (save changes and exit) . cold boots 90% of the time. incorrectly detected as well.
if you have more than 12GB installed it starts reserving a portion for *something* . with 32 GB installed it does this in win 10 ( windows reports: System RAM 32GB (16 GB available) ) , or debian (dmidecode reports 32GB , free reports 16GB available as a total).
unable to remedy this despite turning this of that off in bios, resetting bios to factory defaults, clearing cmos via jumper or pulling bios battery with power cord detached. to be fair, none of this ram is on the QVL list. however none of it is rated over ddr3 1600. in todays world if a stick of ram is rated at of below what a board is rated to accept it should work. note it all works in a Asus board from 2010 without much issue other than that boards bios figuring out timings takes a while sometimes, but it does figure them out within 20 or so seconds and is stable with the same components on this asrock board.
im upgrading to intel in the near future so i will simply set windows to never sleep or turn off the display -crashes after display is off,possibly due to a resume from sleep bug.
honestly AM3+ has been around for at least 4 years, no reason there should be any issues at all (the Asus board is 4 years old and it only has the memory timing issue which really isnt its fault).
Other Thoughts: no i wouldnt recommend this board to another, either buy intel (sky/kabylake or 2011-v3) or wait for ryzen.
upgrading to intel to have modern hardware core I3 skylake build which romps on the old amd fx cpu in every way.
Pros: look nice, lat ones i bought are great
Cons: the speakers have a internal short which causes them to lose power ,or become noisy when used. moving the wires around a bit changes things, sometimes it works , sometimes you get a bunch of noise, sometimes you lose power.
Other Thoughts: might just be my set, but i dont recommend these refurbs. buy them new.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: it auto clocked the core I7 6700 to 4GHZ .
dual ethernet ports work great.
sata express ports , i had issues with, see other thoughts
board posts fast, even with fast boot off . my aging sabertooth could take up to a minute to post...
bios relatively easy to navigate, lots of features (some are not supported by the I7 6700 non-k model). paired with a regular ssd, debian 8 goes from the grub logon to the KDE logon manager in about 1 sec, another 3 to a full KDE5 plasma desktop... this combo smokes.
a full debian server boots in under 5 seconds .
Cons: see other thoughts
** update /11/26/2016 board started to get into a boot loop before BIOS with code 29 (or 62). unplugging from wall and hitting the power button will *usually* get it to boot into debian (the only os on it, and its being used as a server) . once booted it will stay up for weeks (current uptime 5 days 12 hrs and 55 minutes) until a reboot is needed (due to updated kernel or similar) .
this will seemingly show the cpu, ram (tested with linux memtester utility), and psu (seasonic gold 650W) is ok .
unplugged all usb devices ,same results. boot loop gets to code 29, hangs for a few seconds , then restarts. no chance of entering bios (unless i unplug as above). **
at this point i cant recommend this board due to this issue. changed from 5 eggs to 2.
and back to 5 eggs. turns out a faulty usb hub was the problem, as unplugging everything else including hard drives and expansion cards proved fruitless. unplugged the hub (no kb/mouse) and bam booted fine. plug kb/mouse directly into board (had them plugged into the hub as an extension) and still booted fine. hooked up everything except hub, boots fine. further investigation reveals that this board has random problems with usb devices, even keyboards and mice. so unplug everything, drives,expansion cards (use onboard video) all external connections except power and try to boot the board. lesson learned.
Other Thoughts: i paired this board with a coolermaster N400 case. the board bolted in fine, but the case has a lip right on the side between the drive cage and the sata express ports. getting std sata cables in was a tight fit, but i got it done. not sure that sata express cables would fit on the 2 sata express ports closest to the motherboard, with this case. this isnt the boards (or the cases) fault, just a random unforeseen issue.READ FULL REVIEW