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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Caleb W.
  • 3/19/2016 6:09:57 PM

3 out of 5 eggsGood Board, Great Features...if Not Overclocking

Pros: It has good features and a great BIOS for the age and price. I've been using this board for about 3 years now and am running an FX-6350 at 4.51 Ghz. From what I've heard, that's pretty luck on this board and it's 4+1 power phase. I've got a H105 AIO cooler on this chip and the voltage is set to 1.53V ish I believe, so it's a wonder the board is still going. Still, I paid about $90 for this board back in the day which was a good price. It was my first build so now I'm waiting to upgrade to a Zen system or, if Zen is a let down, Intel :D

Cons: In order to acheive these overclocks without thermal throttling, I had to place 2 80mm fans on the baord.
One i hot glued to the standoffs of the H105 and it hovers right over the Northbridge heatsink ( which is wimpy and small for the kind of OC I wanted to do)

the other fan is over the VRMs to the left of the CPU, which the heatsink there is waayyy too small in my opinion. Especially for the bragging AsRock was doing about its overclocking support.

Other Thoughts: The TLDR:

I was able to reach 4.51Ghz stable on FX-6350 @ 1.5V on water
This was only accomplished after placing fans on NB and VRM heatsinks.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Caleb,

Thank you for purchase and review.
Due to power design, AMD platform generates more heat.
Please allow better air circulation inside the chassis if using liquid/ water cooler due to there will be no air around CPU, VRM and North Bridge chip and potentially built up heat upon usage.
Install the chassis fan around those area is recommended.

If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

Thank you

ASRock Support
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Trey
  • 2/9/2016 3:17:23 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBoard did what is should. Until....

Pros: The board ran fine has a decent bios. Good tools that you can access from the desktop to adjust fan speeds and what not

Cons: Owned this for a little more than. 18 months. Normal use. Today the board caught fire. Literally had flames on it. The short happens by on of the silver capacitor looking things close to the CPU. I assumed I would get a little more life from this board but I assumed wrong.

Other Thoughts: Did what it needed to do until it didn't. Glad I was home when it happend. Hopefully it didn't cook my CPU or GPU

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/17/2016 5:10:12 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK motherboard, after some work.

Pros: It's an OK motherboard, BIOS is a bit flaky and splash screen stays there for a bit, but it works.

Cons: It didn't ship with the CMOS jumper, meaning it didn't boot, so I thought it was dead. Bought a new motherboard. Couple weeks later, played around with it, noticed there wasn't a cmos jumper installed, put some aluminium foil over it, and it posted.

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  • 11/10/2015 5:26:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsCan't run a FX6300 at stock speeds!

Pros: Bios settings are nice...

Cons: It has low quality VRM's 4+1 and can't support my FX6300 at base clock speeds, 3.5ghz and turbo 3.8Ghz. Once it gets past 1.25v the VRM's throttle the CPU to .800v. I was able to get it working just fine at 3.7ghz, but in my opinion that SUCKS.

Other Thoughts: It's a good board if you only plan on going to 3.7ghz if not buy a better board, get something with 8+2 VRM's!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Tracy,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Due to power design, AMD platform generates more heat.
Please allow better air circulation inside the chassis including VRM (MOSFET) area (install sufficient chassis fans).
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact our Tech Support at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • 10/28/2015 10:16:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood solid board.

Pros: Easy process to OC the processor. Had to update the bios, which I could do easily as well, to accomodate for my fx-8320e processor I was using. Nothing really negative to report from my end on this board.

Cons: None.

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  • 8/28/2015 6:36:39 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDecent, cheap board

Pros: Cheap board, nice UEFI BIOS
970 chipset, not to great, yet not terrible

Cons: Runs really hot, I don't know why
Overclocking just does not seem to want to work with my CPU, even though it is unlocked
RAM speeds are kind of low

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  • 8/21/2015 9:05:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: -Nice UEFI bios
-Easy overclocking
-Easy to review

Cons: -PCI slots are a bit tight with some cards. Makes it a little hard to swap cards without damaging the board.

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  • 8/19/2015 6:24:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBought one on a Budget

Pros: Very well designed bios
Easy to install
Easy to OC

Cons: RAM is kinda close to the CPU

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  • 7/28/2015 11:02:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Motherboard

Pros: -Easy install
-Straightforward BIOS
-Fast boot is really fast
-Stable
-Runs cool (North bridge the hottest
-Good Sata cables

Cons: -Oddly placed USB 3 pins
-Only 2 Sata cables

Other Thoughts: I went back and forth with this motherboard because of the rating, and decided to get it and it has been wonderful. Currently running a FX-6350, XFX 290A EDBD, and 8gb of Kingston Fury X 1866 mhz and everything is great. BIOS is really easy to navigate and the features on the baord such as FastLan and FastUSB and Fast Boot are really nice. For $75.00 I'm not really sure what else I would want from a motherboard. ASrock was very quick to confirm my mail in rebate. I think I will continue to put my faith in them for my future motherboard needs.

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  • N/A
  • 6/26/2015 2:58:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdcs

Pros: Good layout with plenty of sata and usb connections. The esata port works well, although it would be nice if it was hot swappable.

Cons: USB 3 ports on io panel and header do not work. I was really disappointed in this because, it has been a long time since I built my last computer and I really wanted this one to be up to date on the USB and Sata. I am running Linuxmint 17 and have searched the web to see if someone has a fix for this. No luck.

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