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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157248

Looking for something for my 955, and twin 6950. Is this any good? It also gives me the choice to upgrade to bulldozer later.
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post #2 of 8
Although I'm on the other team, it really does seem to be a great choice.

Looking at the specs, and the possibility of a drop in upgrade to Bulldozer, I say go for it.

You'll also love the UEFI BIOS, it's a very nice feature. I know I love mine

Go for it, the price is decent too.
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post #3 of 8
That does seem like a nice board. However, if I were spending that much on a motherboard, I would go with an ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 or an ASUS Crosshair IV Formula depending on your budget. Those both have VRM protection, and true 6+2 phase for the M4A89TD, or true 8+2 phase for the Crosshair IV. I've found the Crosshair IV tends to go up on newegg as an open box deal frequently, and I've had good luck with open box items so far (got a monitor (had one dead pixel that's barely noticeable), and a thermaltake frio (no issues or missing accessories at all)). So if your budget is limiting your choices, it might be a good idea to wait for a Crosshair IV to go up as an open box deal, and you will get it for the same price as the ASRock you're looking at.
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post #4 of 8
I would also say go with the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula at that price point. Great board!

I have heard good things about asrock though. I am a MSI and Asus fan.
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post #5 of 8
Ewww MSI. I have an MSI right now that has a record of catching fire and have heard nothing but bad reviews about msi (didn't think to research before I bought it). I'm refunding and going with an asus board instead. I would HIGHLY recommend against buying ANY MSI motherboard. Too many horror stories associated with them IMO. None of them have VRM protection for one. And only two of their AM3 boards have 8+2 phase, and those use DrMOS which I try to stay away from. MSI just has terrible VRM's period.
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post #6 of 8
I was looking at this same board last night and added it to my wishlist to give me time to mill-it-over and do a bit of research. Glad I found this thread
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post #7 of 8
Also, the ASROCK is a black socket (am3+), and the crosshair is only an am3. Not sure if this should, or would, sway your decision.
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post #8 of 8
The socket doesn't matter too much. All three of the boards mentioned will support BullDozer. Most high end AM3 boards, I've found, will support AM3+/BullDozer via a bios update.
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