Originally Posted by win32
I had the 970 Extreme 3, it was OK for an FX-4100 4.6ghz OC @ 1.5v. 4.4-4.6 should be fairly easy to hit with a 6 core given that board quality is the same.
AFAIK they are mostly the same board.
No, the 970M is derivative of the 970 Pro3 R2.0. It has analog VRM with unbranded mosfets according to a reviewer or with Renesas mosfets according to Stilt. The 970 Extreme3 uses digital VRM with NXP LF pack mosfets. Also the 970M has closely clustered chokes, which isn't good for heat. The Extreme3 uses Japanese Nichicon capacitors, the 970M uses Taiwanese Apaq capacitors and ELNA dedicated audio capacitors.
For the record, my 6300 maxed out at 4.3Ghz on the extreme3, but i have a power pig of a chip. Also, all these Asrocks, run hotter than say a Gigabyte motherboard and this becomes particularly evident, once you go at around 4Ghz.
Originally Posted by Man of God
What do you guys think of getting a cheap Asrock 970M Pro3? I have a FX 6200 and 16GB just sitting around along with a Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro. I also have hard drives sitting around and a HD 7770 I could toss into it along with a HP Envy Desktop case. Not really concerned with overclocking it, I just do not want to spend any real money on it.
At stock clock, the 970M Pro3 will be able to run it, but it will run somewhat hotter than what you 'd expect. It's an Asrock characteristic.
EDIT: Hilarious froydian slip by Asrock rep at Newegg (taken from 970 extreme3 review)::Edited by Undervolter - 6/17/16 at 9:39am