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The big reason you want to get the 78LMT-USB3 out of those boards is because it has the VRM cooling and this can make it superior to all other mATX AM3+ boards in terms of handling high-wattage TDP/power consumption processors and overclocking. Another big thing that makes this board distinct is the 4 RAM slots - so later on if you can find another 2x2GB kit you can take 8GB if you feel you will ever need it, or 12GB (by 2x2GB + 2x4GB). All of this is had without paying a significant price premium over the other boards. So, I would second that recommendation.
post #12 of 15
hey, I'm in the same position as OP. The only problem I'm finding with board is that it doesn't have SATA 3 from what I can tell. Don't you think it's a deal breaker?
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hey, I'm in the same position as OP. The only problem I'm finding with board is that it doesn't have SATA 3 from what I can tell. Don't you think it's a deal breaker?

The Gigabyte MB doesn't have SATA 3. I got one of those, and it died a few days later. I decided to go with the ASRock 960GM U3/S3 (one of the ones mentioned earlier, and it does have SATA 3) after the burnout. Gigabyte would have charged me $40 to send it for RMA, but ASRock has a good return policy. The ASRock I have now BSOD's if I overclock my Athlon II 635, but the Gigabyte let me get it up to 3.5 GHz from 2.9 GHz. So, I hope this helps you a little bit.
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The Gigabyte MB doesn't have SATA 3. I got one of those, and it died a few days later. I decided to go with the ASRock 960GM U3/S3 (one of the ones mentioned earlier, and it does have SATA 3) after the burnout. Gigabyte would have charged me $40 to send it for RMA, but ASRock has a good return policy. The ASRock I have now BSOD's if I overclock my Athlon II 635, but the Gigabyte let me get it up to 3.5 GHz from 2.9 GHz. So, I hope this helps you a little bit.

Yeah man it sucks. It's either be able to overclock and not get SATA 3, or not be able to overclock and get SATA 3. I read all of the newegg reviews on how you can't overclock on the ASROCK or most amd micro atx board pretty much. It seriously would be the perfect board if it just had SATA 3. I went with the gigabyte ultimately.
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The board came in, and I put it together. So far I like it, except that the case fan is locked at 100%, and there is nothing I can do to change it. I already was planning on getting a fan controller to add more fans, but at the moment it is really loud. That is the only thing I've found wrong with it so far.
By the way, there was a huge mixup with which processor I had so I went ahead a got a cheap Phenom II X6 1045t. I've only run the windows experience index to test it so far, but with a score of 7.4 on stock settings, it should still be a decent processor for at least half a decade once I overclock it. So far I'm happy with my purchases. wink.gif
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