Pros: 2 Full x16 bandwidth PCI-E slots, UEFI, Nice BIOS
Cons: Won't overvolt, limited BIOS overclock, Ethernet port broken
ASRock 970M PRO3 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ MicroATX Motherboard
Pros: Lots of connectors, 8 core support, USB3.0, SATA 3.0
Cons: Suggest only 95w or below,USB 3.0 placement header is ackward, BIOS is flaky when computer OCing fails, not really a lot of OCing options.
“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
“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 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
“its covered in anti moisture you can program to og to sleep and burn off any water in air. i slso believe it are better suited for phase change cooling this Board only fm2 have protection. this Board can overclock ram stable xmp setting i had problems setting correct timings on other brands Boards even if i did set it right xmp did it. it features 8 disk raid and will bench 2000mb and 6 mb...” --rebaygsda
“Let me start off by saying that this has gotten light, maybe minimal use. I used this in my main rig until I got my Biostar board for my G3258, then put this board into a server. It's handled pretty much everything I've thrown at it. It's been through two CPUs (AMD A6-5400K and A4-6300). The overclocking utility is pretty well fleshed out, having all of the essentials (BCLK, Multiplier,...” --Elektro
“Solid board for light OCs. Rev 1.0 limited to 4.4Ghz.” --Butthungrymonkee
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
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...
“This motherboard has been as great as all of the reviews said it was. I have been easily overclocking and changing settings in the BIOS. It comes with many "x-fast" features including RAM,LAN,USB, and with 2 Seperate LAN connections, I have unlimited game playing on the web without any lagging. I can surf and download at the same time as well with no waiting. It came with 6 sata cables, a...” --oldcompgeek
Number of Memory Slots: 4Ã—240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 2000(OC) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3 (x16, x16, x4) Onboard Video Chipset: None Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC892 Audio Channels: 8 Channels Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps eSATA: 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s