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This review is from: ASRock AM3 M3A770DE/A/ASR Motherboard Socket S/L 5200MT/S (Personal Computers)
Bought this for my new build with the quad-core AMD that's recommended alongside it on this page. Instruction book was huge, which gave me a big smile, but I realised that most of it was made up by translations to several other languages, and the actual instruction bit was quite small, but still detailed enough for me. It comes with several SATA cables and an IDE ribbon, which I was happy about because for a budget motherboard I was not expecting the extras. It also comes with a CD with lots of software on it, like instant booting, easy overclocking, fan controlling and monitoring software and the like. I gave all these a little demo and they worked really well. The BIOS on the motherboard is excellent too, very easy to use but with lots of controllable options.
It's a great motherboard and does exactly what it says on the tin, though I'm blown away by the high-def audio that comes onboard with it, I had originally intended to use my old Audigy Soundblaster Platinum sound card in it, but the motherboard's onboard audio was far superior to it.
There isn't much about the actual motherboard I can say, really, though a few things I should mention: the power cable input is an 8pin one, but it does support 4pin, however it's positioned very near the top of the motherboard so if you have a case which has the PSU at the bottom (like me, the Antec 300), you may need to buy an extension cable if your PSU's leads aren't long enough, or buy an adapter cable for the 8pin input. Also on this note, the 24pin motherboard power input is also very close to the top of the motherboard, so again you may need to buy an extension cable.
All in all, I'm well pleased, great motherboard and incredibly cheap with a few extras I was really not expecting. Highly recommended.