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So I threw the 8370 in the 960GM/U3S3 just for giggles and it did not go well. The VRM's were too hot to touch 2 minutes after powering the system off (I think it's 3+1 phase). Either that or my PSU is going out. Geekbench wouldn't even run without a blue screen. I should have the new GA 970A-UD3P tomorrow.

Side question, wraith vs hyper 212+ ?
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So I threw the 8370 in the 960GM/U3S3 just for giggles and it did not go well. The VRM's were too hot to touch 2 minutes after powering the system off (I think it's 3+1 phase). Either that or my PSU is going out. Geekbench wouldn't even run without a blue screen. I should have the new GA 970A-UD3P tomorrow.

Side question, wraith vs hyper 212+ ?

Definitely go with the Hyper 212+
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Definitely go with the Hyper 212+

Just make sure you have some air flowing over those VRMs. Even if its a tiny, low speed fan, something to move air over those VRM's would be a huge help.

Also cooling the socket from behind can help, if your going for highest OC, anything helps smile.gif
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Alright, back to the drawing board. Bought the Gigabyte 970 board and it won't run any RAM in dual channel mode. Even worse, windows reports 8 GB installed but only 3.98GB usable (yes my OS is 64-bit, yes I've tried every fix under the sun)

Moving on...

So... the Asrock 970 board?
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Alright, back to the drawing board. Bought the Gigabyte 970 board and it won't run any RAM in dual channel mode. Even worse, windows reports 8 GB installed but only 3.98GB usable (yes my OS is 64-bit, yes I've tried every fix under the sun)

Moving on...

So... the Asrock 970 board?

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Personally I've used quite a few vendors boards from AM2 to AM3+ and overall my best experiences have been with GB. I kept trying to Give Asus a try as people were saying they stepped up their game during those gens, but I had nothing but issues with Asus. I wouldn't buy MSI at all, ever.

Did you try contacting support? Perhaps you got a defective board? Update Bios? Reseat ram? And did you try each ram stick in each slot to make sure its all working properly?
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Gigabyte comes with good hardware, Asus paints them glossier and has a feel of understatedness. Gigabyte gave me the better experience, but Asus ran cooler on the newer series, so Asus wins, imo.

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Personally I've used quite a few vendors boards from AM2 to AM3+ and overall my best experiences have been with GB. I kept trying to Give Asus a try as people were saying they stepped up their game during those gens, but I had nothing but issues with Asus. I wouldn't buy MSI at all, ever.

Did you try contacting support? Perhaps you got a defective board? Update Bios? Reseat ram? And did you try each ram stick in each slot to make sure its all working properly?


I've used MSI boards in 120 + AMD builds over the last 13 years of those , 5 have failed - one K 7 delta ISLR had its capacitors fail after 9 years of nearly constant use, I replaced them and its still working today. A FX 790 GD-70 had something break in the socket area due to using a big air cooler, K 8 neo took a lightning strike through the nic , which killed the NIC as well as the onboard sound, I still use it for benching. A 990 GD 65 had the bios fail , but it was a board I bough second hand and the previous user was using a beta bios. Finally a NF 980 g 65 had its sata controller fail after nearly 6 years of continuous use in a nasty industrial setting. ( over 50,000 hours). The on- site electrician told me at the time that happened they had several VFD's and a couple plc screens fail at the same time, and he suspected a power surge took them out , but wasn't sure that's what happened to the workstation.

A good percentage of them are used in industrial settings without climate control , strong magnetic fields and very dusty conditions.

I'd put that record up against any manufacturer out there. Just don't buy a $60 board , pair it with a crappy psu , crummy airflow and expect it to last forever.
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I've used MSI boards in 120 + AMD builds over the last 13 years of those , 5 have failed - one K 7 delta ISLR had its capacitors fail after 9 years of nearly constant use, I replaced them and its still working today. A FX 790 GD-70 had something break in the socket area due to using a big air cooler, K 8 neo took a lightning strike through the nic , which killed the NIC as well as the onboard sound, I still use it for benching. A 990 GD 65 had the bios fail , but it was a board I bough second hand and the previous user was using a beta bios. Finally a NF 980 g 65 had its sata controller fail after nearly 6 years of continuous use in a nasty industrial setting. ( over 50,000 hours). The on- site electrician told me at the time that happened they had several VFD's and a couple plc screens fail at the same time, and he suspected a power surge took them out , but wasn't sure that's what happened to the workstation.

A good percentage of them are used in industrial settings without climate control , strong magnetic fields and very dusty conditions.

I'd put that record up against any manufacturer out there. Just don't buy a $60 board , pair it with a crappy psu , crummy airflow and expect it to last forever.

Well, everyone has different experiences for sure, thats why I said "Personally" but I guess I should have been a bit more obvious that its just from my small sample size and opinion rather than that of a suggestion. Obviously the best thing to do is check with multiple review sites and google the board for known issues, as there is plenty of info out there about these boards over the years (man AM3+ is feeling old).

But yea, check the VRM database I listed above, do some googling to check for known stuff and, as always, you can always ask on OCN smile.gif
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I just bought a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 new from the classifieds.
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