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3.0 out of 5 stars Asrock Extreme3 AM3+, 15 May 2012
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This review is from: AsRock 970 Extreme3 Motherboard (Personal Computers)
Since having this board, I have had three, and all three have failed. Whilst they were working they were awesome, but this failure is stupid.

It happens when a BIOS update occurs. Yes it was myself that did the update and I did it correctly, but sure enough a while afterwards ... kaput. Gone. Oh it will power everything up (such as any fans connected to the PWM headers but beyond that, nothing. No POST, no beeps no nothing.

Obviously this is a fault within the board somewhere, and anyone how HASN'T had a failure I would recommend that you DON'T update your bios.

I am moving to an Asus board now and hopefully things will run a lot better (and for longer).
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2012 23:36:24 BDT
Glacier says:
you said it was failing? your best bet is that PSU you have, its not a good psu i will tell you that, if you dont want to fry your components get a good quality PSU (corsair, XFX (they make a 450W version for £40 and it will run your system easy), OCZ ect, alpine PSU's are aweful)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012 23:39:30 BDT
No, I said it failed twice. Nothing to do with the PSU, it was faults on the motherboards whereby it would power up but refused to POST. All other components powered up fine, including fans that were connected to the motherboard. The one I have now is still going strong, and has been for some time.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012 23:40:49 BDT
Glacier says:
fair enough then, but it was more a word of warning then anything

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012 23:44:39 BDT
I did think it may have been the PSU at first, but I tested it on another system and that powered up fine, Likewise I also tested another PSU with the faulty board and I got the same result of no POST. I tested everything you care to think of, and the motherboard was the problem.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012 23:47:49 BDT
Glacier says:
that clears that up, asrock do make good quality boards but you were unlucky to recieve a faulty one/two, i had this board for about 7 months with an old CPU, but i got a better board with a better CPU so i sold this, its still going strong 4 months later i hear

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012 23:49:28 BDT
Indeed, but Amazon were awesome with helping out. I have mine with an AMD FX4100, for the budget I had to buy parts with, its a kick ass machine.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 00:02:16 BDT
Glacier says:
the only time the FX chips compare to the phenoms is when you OC to 4.2+, i have a 960t on 6 cores and atm only the FX8 OC can compare to it

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 00:06:57 BDT
Phenoms generate a lot of heat though, don't they? For most of my games and generally stuff I do, I don't need to go higher than stock clock (3.6). All the games I play run without flaws, and the CPU doesn't go above 45 degree's. I know the Bulldozer CPU's use multi threading, so essentially the 4100 is a dual-core with multiple threads, but its performance for me is spot on, I don't really need to go any higher, and im pretty sure I dont even use its full potential.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 15:35:20 BDT
Glacier says:
phenoms can generate alot of heat depending on what cores are used, the 960t uses zozma which are one of the coolest cores and OC to 4.2 does not hit 50 with my 212 evo, the FX chips are 2 cores and multiple 'threads' which mimmic the extra cores, for example the FX4100 has 2 cores and 4 threads which acts like 4 cores. its all down to what you prefer really, i shall look forward to the piledrivers tho
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