Originally Posted by farmergann
chrisjames, ASRock makes some decent boards for both intel and AMD. Just like every other company they've had flops and winners - the 970M is a winner. I truly have no idea why this isn't a good thing for some people here. AM3+ mATX has been stagnant for a long, long time - this board changes that in a very positive way. Objective analysis (such as the benching I've shared, as opposed to the pure and erroneous speculation of others) shows what this motherboard is capable of.
Oh Farmergann, you and i are going to have so much fun!
Let's make a summary:
Here, Farmergann, on an aftermarket cooler (which here costs 47 euros), of 430g and 6 heatpipes if memory serves me, shows us:
At ONLY 1.28v
79C after just 14 minutes of OCCT.
Now, he comes back, this time, with water cooler, fan on VRM
, and at 1.28v
is at 60C after 11 minutes of OCCT. WHAT AN ACCOLADE! With custom water loop, you may even hit 58C!
And he is trying to sell this to someone who has 8320, which comes at 1.325-1.375v STOCK Voltage
A motherboard, with the typical Asrock thin PCB, closely clustered chokes (for increased heat concentration) and unbranded mosfets
. (reliability is my middle name).
He is the only person in the thread that thinks this is the best mATX, but there are also some "other people", who, coincidentally, think the opposite.
One has to wonder! What will happen when the poor OP, will try something like 1.42v (nothing extraterresrtial for an 8320, it's just the stock turbo value).
But, ladies and gentlemen, the overclocking pedigree of this fantastic motherboard, is also easy to see, from the faith of the manufacturer himself! As everyone knows, ALL good motherboards, have in their specs, the manufacturer's warning " For cooling the CPU and its surrounding components, please install a CPU cooler with a top-down blowing design." This alone, shows the true beast that lies beneath.
Keep going Farmergann, you only make it easier for me, for the next time, where i will link your posts.
For the money one has to spend to cool this thing and FX, he's better off with an APU and relevant board or with Intel. It will cost the same and have less headaches.Edited by Undervolter - 9/19/15 at 9:08am