Pros: Looks great, well laid out, lots of features for the price range
Cons: No LLC, insufficient VRAM cooling, not great for overclocking without added cooling
Pros: One of the few AM3 ITX boards avaliable, good looks, Can overclock a little.
Cons: Heat, stress on the board, pin layout. Doesnt support AM3+
“BEHOLD...... THE ASROCK FATAL1TY 970 PERFORMANCE AM3+ MOTHERBOARD Now, it's not really fitting to call anything based on the AM3+ socket a "new" product, but given this board was released at the end of 2014, and no one has officially reviewed the board as of me writing this, we will roll with this being a "new" product.... So, what does this new board bring to the table? Let's start with...” --Agent Smith1984
“To be blunt,terrible layout for audio and usb headers. Not enough power delivery, sacrifices desktop ram for laptop and chipset heatsink gets warm to the touch , for its size its a little to warm for me. The power plug layout is nicely together with the 4 pin cpu header next to the 24 pin power connector. Think it should be a 8 pin for the cpu but ohh well. The board uses laptop ram, which is...” --Trexxit
“I received the Biostar TA970Plus and took some pictures for a superficial review, while i tested it to see if it works. Unfortunately, i didn't do a normal review, because i ordered it as a spare part. So i just put it on to see if it works and see the BIOS a bit. The rest is anyone's guess, but i figured since there is no internet review of this at all at the moment, it may have been useful to...” --Undervolter
“The Biostar A88M is a amazing choice for enthusiasts on a budget, It has potential to overclock and is amazingly cheap, it has a PCI Express 3.0 interface, 1 X16 Slot 1 X1 Slot and a PCI slot. It has a user friendly BIOS. However there are some downsides it is advertised as having Blu Ray Audio but in my opinion the sound quality is poor my 7 year old M2N SLI sounded better, it also doesn't...” --M2NSLI
“I've had this Motherboard for a few months now, im running it with a 760K and it runs perfectly fine. for an matx board i love the fact that it has 4 ram slots, and 2 PCI-E slots. My only issue is that said one of those PCI-E slots is actually x4 even though it is a x16 connection, i wouldn't run crossfire on this anyway, but it would be nice if we had the option. Another plus is the 8 SATA...” --jumpy2219
“I've been using this board for a little bit than a year now and it has it's strengths and weaknesses. It's, in overall, a really good board I could recommend.” --DVIELIS
Asus M5A97 R2.0 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 970 Chipset - Socket AM3+ Number of Memory Slots: 4Ã—240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/ 1333/1066 MHz PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (blue) 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC887 Audio Channels: 8 Channels Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps Maximum Memory Supported: 32GB Channel...
Number of Memory Slots: 2Ã—240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 2250(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2 (x16, x4) Onboard Video Chipset: None Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC887 Audio Channels: 8 Channels Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps Maximum Memory Supported: 32GB
“Spent $125 new on this board years ago, and its still trucking overclocking an AM3 Phenom II quad and an SLI and RAID 0 setup. ” --LuckySe7ens