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ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • 10/23/2014 1:30:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Deal

Pros: Another good product from ASRock.

Cons: None

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  • 10/21/2014 4:33:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Under-Volter, Poor Overclocker

Pros: Affordable
Supports FX-Series chips (I have an FX-8320)
Good build quality
Lots of connections

Cons: 4+1 Power Phase inadequate for running FX-8320 even at stock settings
VRM throttling
Requires tweaking to get stable 3.5 GHz without throttling

Other Thoughts: I've purchased this board at a different retailer (the one that has M and C in its name) because it was on sale with the FX-8320 chip. I had not put any thought into the power delivery system of this board for the chip I was buying. The board supports the chip, and that was all that mattered.

A few months in, and I started playing around a little with over-clocking since I read that the FX-8320 is such great over-clocker. My target, initially, was to go beyond 4GHz since that is the chip's boost clock speed anyway and I figured it would surely go beyond that. Unfortunately, 4GHz is the only stable over-clock that I could muster with this board without Prime95 tests failing. Or so I thought.

That's when I started noticing the CPU throttling speeds down to 1.4GHz @ 7x multiplier on a regular basis. I figured that the chip was just getting too hot and that more cooling would solve the problem. Not so. As I read on many user forums that discuss the issue, the problem seems to stem from the 4+1 power phase which seems to be barely managing to run the chip at stock speeds.

As it is, I spent an entire afternoon playing around with various settings, mainly manipulating the multipliers as well as the core voltage settings. Even after resetting the motherboard to its defaults and the chip running at its advertised 3.5 GHz, I noticed that socket temperatures would steadily creep up to 70 degrees and beyond all the way up to 74 degrees celsius, which seems to be the point where throttling kicks in. I have plenty of air flow in my case, and I even added an extra fan to blow air over the VRM/MOSFET area. None of it made a dent.

In the end, I set my goal to simply getting the stock speed of 3.5GHz to a point where no throttling would happen. I achieved this by reducing the voltages one step at a time using AMD Overdrive and monitoring temps and speed using HWINFO64. I was able to reduce the voltage all the way down to 1.1250v at 17.5x multiplier and 3.5GHz speed. Prime95 runs stable still, when coming from idle temps and fan speeds. The maximum recorded package temperature was around 45 degrees celsius, and socket temperature hovers around 65 and 70 degrees, but no more than that. And: No throttling.

So to be fair, the board is a great under-volter, but it is a poor over-clocker due to its meager power delivery to the 8-core chip. Anyone who is interested in over-clocking the FX-8320 to speeds between 4.4 and 4.6 GHz (which is what I found the most common over-clocks on the Internet) better invest in a motherboard with an 8+2 power phase. Those are typically found on the much more expensive boards that have an AMD 990FX chipset. The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer comes to mind, and I might upgrade to that in the future.

In summary, if you want your FX-8320 to run stable without excessive heat and subsequent throttling, it's imperative that you under-volt the chip. That's my experience with this board and CPU combination. Good luck.

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  • 10/20/2014 12:34:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT M.B.

Pros: Well it's been close to a Year and not one problem WHY because I Never Ever O.C. AMD I have the 6 core in here the price for this Board and the 6 were around 200 $ and N.E. had the 10,000 350 H.D. for 60$ put 2 in and not one problem. Also have the 280X. W 8.1 that works fine.

Cons: None for the price mine fired wright up

Other Thoughts: This Chip has been so good I wanted to go SLI so I bought the MSI 970 WOW Nice Board have 2 660 t I and put this chip in it with W7 on sale 85$ and a 2 TB HD for 80$. Now I have 2 PC's with the SAME Chip. It transfers back and forth NO Problem just Be careful of the PINS.

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  • Dolan
  • 9/7/2014 3:49:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest mobo I've used yet

Pros: I've owned several mother boards and this one is the best one yet. I love it. It overclocks my cpu very well, handles everything I toss at it and maintains cool. I've used this for 6 months in a terrible airflow case mining bitcoins with two r9 270xs attached to it. I have a fx 8320 Overclocked to 4.4GHz

Cons: Does feel a little flimsy but I'll live

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  • RedFox134
  • 9/5/2014 9:42:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard for the price. Has everything I would want for my budget gaming rig.

Cons: My only complaint is the ethernet port. On the website it claims to be a gigabit port, but all I am getting in task manager is 100mb. It could be a driver issue, but i believe I am up to date on my drivers. Either way 100mb is plenty for normal internet use, but I wish I had the faster speed for LAN transfers.

Other Thoughts: The con probably is a driver issue which I will hopefully get fixed soon, but a 100mb ethernet port won't bottleneck my internet speed, so it doesn't deserve a star off. It's probably user error anyways. :?

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  • 8/4/2014 10:19:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: I was skeptic about getting this after reading the reviews on this MB. But I took a chance. And so far, after 4 months, no issues what so ever (let me go knock on wood now) I bought the MB due to its low price and the fact that this was going to be my first computer build.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've been having MB's dying on me with other computers lately so I purchased a two year replacement plan just in case.

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  • Cliff
  • 7/9/2014 3:15:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good.

Pros: nice looking, good bios, did not need bios update for my FX 8320, also holds an OP amount of 64 gb ram.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: VERY good mother board for a budget if you do not plan on sli or extremely high overclocking. Had this ordered this mother board about a month and a half ago and read terrible reviews but to my surprise I did not experience any of those problems, so far, everything has worked awesome.

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  • Vinnybags
  • 7/8/2014 1:26:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Mobo!

Pros: Great features. Fast and reliable. The board is my new go-to board for SLI adaptability in the future.

Cons: Although the Mobo manual says that it is power compatible with a 4-pin power connector, but i was unable to get the board to power up without using a true 8 pin 12V power connector. Just a quick FYI on that.. ended up delaying delivery because i thought it was a dead board. The replacement key'd me in that the manual may be wrong... and apparently it was.

Other Thoughts: Simply... I am sold on the ASRock boards.. this one for a client build, the Extreme 4 for my personal build. Great all around!

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  • 7/7/2014 10:15:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBest MB for the Money

Pros: Easy installation and Windows 8 ready.

Cons: Downgrading to Windows 7 for older games, but not a problem for the motherboard itself.

Other Thoughts: I am going to downgrade to Windows 7 for older games.

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  • Cliff
  • 6/18/2014 9:23:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Cheap, user friendly BIOS, a lot of USB slots.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I am using this mobo with an FX 8320 and did not need a bios update. get this board if you are on a budget.

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