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Heya everybody,

So I'm making the switch back to AMD. I'm looking at the following boards, and was wondering what people thought of each from personal experience or just general knowledge. I don't plan on doing a ton of overclocking however I want to try to unlock a 555 BE, and just maybe get a 1090t later on. Would like to OC maybe moderately, lets say to 3.6-3.8ghz 24/7 later on if I was to.

I know there's other boards out there but I'm trying to keep it under $120. Here are a few ASRock boards I been looking at. Primarilly because of the 8 pin power connector, USB 3.0, SATA 6gbs, and right angle SATA ports. Also they come with onboard Power/Reset switches (I am caseless often) and a Clear CMOS switch on the back I/O.

ASRock 890GX Extreme3

ASRock 880G EXTREME3

ASRock 870 EXTREME3

From my understanding the 880G and 890GX boards are the same for the most part, just one lacks some bios features that the other one has. But am wondering if the 4 phase design on the 870 would still be safe to OC on if I placed a fan to blow on the mosfet heatsinks.
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ASRock 870 EXTREME3 didnt work out for me. I had it for few weeks and PCIE slots died without any overclocking or anything. I'm not saying that all asrock mobos suck, but I wouldn't buy one.
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My favorite is the 880g version, gets a bump in the power phase department over the 870(not listed on the egg, but is listed as a feature on the asrock site), as well as the slicker heatpiped cooling. Super budget wise the 870 is tough to beat, but the 880 for the price just seems like a steal to me. Seems the only real extra on the gx is the next step up onboard video.
Edited by Fletcherea - 2/5/11 at 1:55pm
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Originally Posted by chuxanator;12274152 
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 didnt work out for me. I had it for few weeks and PCIE slots died without any overclocking or anything. I'm not saying that all asrock mobos suck, but I wouldn't buy one.

The board you have is another choice of mine, but I would have to buy a MOSFET heatsink and am leery about the 4phase design when/if I get a 1090t.

Or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443

But I am REALLY REALLY not diggin' how the SATA ports are arranged.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kvjavs;12274191 
The board you have is another choice of mine, but I would have to buy a MOSFET heatsink and am leery about the 4phase design when/if I get a 1090t.

Or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443

But I am REALLY REALLY not diggin' how the SATA ports are arranged.

I dont have a heatsink on mine and dont really have any problems
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post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kvjavs;12274191 
The board you have is another choice of mine, but I would have to buy a MOSFET heatsink and am leery about the 4phase design when/if I get a 1090t.

Or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443

But I am REALLY REALLY not diggin' how the SATA ports are arranged.

Wouldn't touch that board... maybe it's just me, but I rather have a MOSFET cooler.. it's just... you know... :\

Also don't like the SATA port locations, off to the right so it doesn't bump into anything = win ><<br />
I'd go with the Asrock 880G Extreme3, safest bet imo for when you go 1090T smile.gif

edit:
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuxanator;12274263 
I dont have a heatsink on mine and dont really have any problems

Once you OC further... and you pop one of them, you'll see you have a problem. A MOSFET cooler isn't really required if you're running stock.. if you start OCing, you really should have some sort of cooler on there :\
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Does anyone know if the 880G version lacks any bios features that are essential for OCing compared to the 890GX version?

Not hugely concerned but if it doesn't lack anything, then I'll more than likely pick up the 880G Extreme3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kvjavs;12274510 
Does anyone know if the 880G version lacks any bios features that are essential for OCing compared to the 890GX version?

Not hugely concerned but if it doesn't lack anything, then I'll more than likely pick up the 880G Extreme3

If it's worth anything, my brother has a 890GPA board, which is an 890GX and has a bunch of bios options, and quite frankly, if the 880G has even half of them, you'll be in business.

That's purely opinion though, I honestly have no idea what an 880G board entails frown.gif
    
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post #9 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Munkypoo7;12274644 
If it's worth anything, my brother has a 890GPA board, which is an 890GX and has a bunch of bios options, and quite frankly, if the 880G has even half of them, you'll be in business.

That's purely opinion though, I honestly have no idea what an 880G board entails frown.gif

The 890GPA was another choice but a bit too much. I'm trying to get something worth while yet under $120. Maybe an open box one or something, but I still prefer brand new.

I think I'll just settle with the 880G Extreme 3. Thanks everyone biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 14
Have you consider the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro? It usually comes around $125 when on sale. Its a great board and has just about every features for OC that you may like on a Maximus III Gene.
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