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In this review i will go in to the basic fetchers of the motherboard and what it offers and why I think this is a good budget board for anyone looking to upgrade there system.

WHAT COMES IN THE BOX

Motherboard
Users Manual
Driver Disk
2 x SATA Cables
Info Sheets on Instant Boot & Overclocking Utility

WHAT IT SUPPORTS

All AM2/+ & AM3 CPU's up to 95watts
DDR2/3 up to 8GB
2 x PCI
PCI-E x1
PCI-E x16 v1.0
4 x SATA
2 x IDE Floppy/Optical Drive's/Older HDD's
Onboard Graphics Nvidia 7025 Shared Memory
VIA 5.1 Channel HD Audio
UCC for CPU Core Unlocking
4 x USB 2.0 Ports at The Rear + 3 x Motherboard headers to add more

At fist I was a bit put off by the price of the board but I looked at some reviews and found that the board was liked by a lot of people so as I needed a new board and didn't want to spend a lot of money I throw down £31.78 + P&P on ebuyer and oh boy all I can say is its worth the money.
After receiving the board from ebuyer I was shocked by how good the packing for the motherboard was, In the past I have spent more money on this kind of thing and the packing has been sub par the fact that it came with two SATA data cables was a nice touch as normally I have only gotten one.
Now lets get down to the reason this board is bang for buck and that is the support for UCC (Unlock CPU Core) & DDR3, So what dose UCC mean well you could buy a Phenom II x2 and if your lucky unlock it to become a Phenom II x4 but it is not guaranteed to work as it depends on the CPU itself and if it was from a batch where AMD just disabled the extra cores. The Board dose support DDR3 but this is a AM2+ board so unlike a AM3 board that has separate voltage regulators for the CPU & Memory this board will just use the same voltage regulator for both there is no true downside to this but it means this board will not be the best overclocker when using DDR3 Memory.
Another few things to note is the board may support up to a Phenom II x6 but you are restricted by the fact you can only put in a CPU that runs at 95watts where as most the top end AMD CPU's all use 125Watt. I would like to talk about the instant boot But there is no point all it does it tell Windows that when you shutdown to hibernate or sleep the computer witch you can do with out the software so its not worth wasting the space and as for the Overclocking Utility I have not tested it as I always use the BIOS to do that kind of thing. Also the fact that the PCE-E x16 slot is only v1.0 and not the newer 2.0/2.1 putting something like the latest top end video cards in could bottle be necked by the fact that the PCI-E slot supports slower speeds but any mid range card should be fine.
I have now been running this board for just over 3 months and it runs 100% stable and has even made playing games run a little smoother.

PROS

Price
AM3 Support
DDR3 Support
UCC (Unlock CPU Core)

CONS

Only supports CPU's up to 95Watts
PCI-E x16 v1.0
Dual slot graphics cards will cover one PCI slot
Iincluded software bundle is not the best

FYI

Had to RMA the board after running a Phenom II x2 555 on this board overclocked. The new one seems to be like a rev 2 or something as the layout is a little different.
Edited by arranmc182 - 8/3/11 at 7:59pm
    
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X6 1090T GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P Inno3D GeForce GTX 970 iChiLL x4 Air Boss Ultra 4 x 4 GB DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
SanDisk SSD (SDSSDP-128G-G25) Western Digital Caviar Blue Samsung Super WriteMaster S-ATA 22X DVD-RW Antec Kühler H1200 PRO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Samsung SyncMaster B2230H Razer Blackwidow 2014 EVGA 600W 80+ White 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Carbide 300r GAMEware Puntero XFX Warpad On barod  
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