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Hey everyone.

So, my current mobo is c*apping out. Still fundementally works, but the USB ports are pretty much busted, as well as the Ethernet one, and it's still am2+, so it's time to go shopping me thinks.

Due to budget constraints and the fact that I like to go for a price/performance approach most of the time, my current options are:

Asrock 970 PRO3 R2.0

GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3 (can't confirm Rev but seems like 4.1)

970 Extreme3 (New contender, comes pre-heatsinked on the VRMs, and is also recommended, however, supposedly throttles on 8x FX processor overclocking)


ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (I think i'm able to get this one, but due to the price range, only if it REALLY makes a SUBSTANTIAL difference, otherwise it's not worth it.)

I'm currently on an OCed phenom II 945 which i'm sure isn't a problem for these boards, however, i'd like to have the possibility of later upgrading to a Vishera or Scorpius or another good FX series cpu. No interest in crossfire or lots of expansion. The IDE connector on the GB board is a plus since I have an old disk with lots of crap stored and it saves me the price of a IDE <-> SATA converter.

I know these boards come as recommended on http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database this thread, but more specifically, which is better for my current situation?

Essentially, i want a motherboard that will be capable of accepting an FX (medium-high to high end) series cpu in the future, and that has mild overclocking capabilites. I'll be actively air cooling the VRMs. And of course, the cheaper the better. Both the GB and Asrock are within the same price, the Asus is a bit more expensive though.

Also, newegg links and the such won't really help me since i'm outside the US, and right now only have the option to buy locally.


Thanks for your time!
Edited by Syde - 7/27/13 at 8:40am
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IMO i'd grab the gigabyte. They make good boards, even their cheap ones are quality units.

But that is just me.
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Yeah, Gigabyte is usually good. Anyway, I think the final battle is between these two:

GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3

970 Extreme3

What i'd like to know is if one is significantly better than the other, specially when it comes to supporting FX processors. The IDE connector on the Gigabyte is a huge plus. However, it has two downsides... The BIOS is worse AFAIK, and it's pretty ugly considering the alternative.

The 970 Extreme3 seems to have everything going for it though, except for the IDE connector, which is kind of important and i know it supports 125w 8 core processors.

So, what i'd like to know is if the gigabyte does fully support 125w 8 core processors, and is it any worse than the extreme3.
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Originally Posted by Syde View Post

Yeah, Gigabyte is usually good. Anyway, I think the final battle is between these two:

GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3

970 Extreme3

What i'd like to know is if one is significantly better than the other, specially when it comes to supporting FX processors. The IDE connector on the Gigabyte is a huge plus. However, it has two downsides... The BIOS is worse AFAIK, and it's pretty ugly considering the alternative.

The 970 Extreme3 seems to have everything going for it though, except for the IDE connector, which is kind of important and i know it supports 125w 8 core processors.

So, what i'd like to know is if the gigabyte does fully support 125w 8 core processors, and is it any worse than the extreme3.
I have 3 AsRock Extreme 3 and they are better than the GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3. You will 4.2-4.5ghz on the AMD 8 core.

EDIT
If you want IDE then look at the AsRock 990FX Extreme 4.
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I have 3 AsRock Extreme 3 and they are better than the GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3. You will 4.2-4.5ghz on the AMD 8 core.

EDIT
If you want IDE then look at the AsRock 990FX Extreme 4.

Yeah, i thought so. I'll have to look around for a converter I guess, cause i think i'm going with the Asrock.

EDIT: Actually, a PCI card with IDE might be cheaper and better.
Edited by Syde - 7/27/13 at 1:20pm
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