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ASRock 960GM-GS3 FX Motherboard (Socket AM3+, AMD 760G, DDR3, S-ATA 300, Micro ATX, ASRock Instant Boot and OC Tuner)
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As for most budget boards you get a fairly basic spec on the board, but it has most of what you would need for a cost effective build for a pc. If you are looking for a bit more in terms of USB 3.0, or higher memory capacity then you can move a bit higher up the range (and pay a bit more too!)
For a normal build this works quite well for me, it has the essential elements you need for that. Don't get too overly worked up about features with some boards, just look at what you need and pick a motherboard that meets that need. You get your usual bundle here, a back plate, 2 SATA cables, manual and CD for the drivers. It's what you expect for a cheaper board.
Onto the board itself...you have 4 SATA ports, 4 rear USB ports with 2 headers on the board for USB 2.0, HD Audio, Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s, one IDE connector (which might prove useful for older optical/HDD's etc), a PCI express one for a graphics card, and a normal one for other cards as well as 2 PCI slots (again useful for some builds)
I've no idea why there is a floppy connector on the board, I can't imagine it will get much use but there you go. On the plus side there are now a lot more solid capacitors too v previous budget ASRock boards (not all but quite a lot)
So it's fairly straightforward, no frills or anything fancy just the basics here.
You have a back VGA connector for the HD3000 integrated graphics, don't get overly excited about this it's fine for this kind of price, and helps decode HD video and DVD's and might pass for light gaming on older games. If you are doing some gaming I'd suggest picking up a budget card, but this is ok for light multimedia use or an office pc.
Installation went well with no issues with the FX6100. Bios is quite good really with a decent range of options for overclocking and voltage/memory tweaking. This is one area where even cheaper boards have improved over the years.
CPU fan supports a PWM fan, with some control on the fan speed, same for one of the case fans you can use PWM on that too (I'd look at Gelid here they do some decent fans that are quiet and well price and last too) Memory supports DDR3 at a max of 8Gb ie 2x4Gb max (which is fine I think for most) This is basically an updated N68C-GS-UCC (price wise) which is what the previouis build I had was, but this now supports an AMD chipset and just DDR3 but importantly it takes AMD+ processors. DDR3 1866 is the max ram speed here, but I mostly use the 1333MHz DDR3 ram and the Kingston value ram works fine here.
On the CPU side this supports 95W AMD FX CPU's, so check to make sure you have met that criteria. There are some OEM 8 cores 95w 8 core FX processors around, and ASRock list some older PhII x6/x4 processors at 125w as supported too. Check the ASRock site for CPU support to make sure it meets you needs. Of course lots of the older AMD processors are supported too including the AM3 Athlon II's and Phenom II's and some Semprons.
This makes for quite an inexpensive board for either a budget build, or as s replacement board. Works well, no issues to reports with installation, no bios problems out of the box, and performance is decent too. Really hard to complain at this price range for a "normal" pc build this is a good choice to keep the costs down. Recommended
It only has two slots for RAM but this wasn't an issue here as this PC was only for gaming therefore didn't need very much at all - I settled on an 8GB kit. All the connectors on the motherboard are in the correct place (24-Pin on the right side, 4-Pin at the top near the CPU, and SATA etc. on the bottom). It does have in-built VGA which is nice to be there and would be good on older monitors but its usefulness now is questionable now in the modern world where digital outputs like HMDI or DVI-D are taking over which such better picture quality. There aren't a whole bundle of ports on the read I/O of this, but for the price point I wouldn't of expected it. It has four USB connectors (USB 2.0), always useful as that's what many accessories are using. There are 3 audio jacks, the obvious gigabit internet, a COM1 port that I don't know the use for and finally legacy PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports which is handy if you're using older keyboards like the bundled ones that come with old dell computers or something similar. Other ports you may not be able to decipher are 4 SATA ports and 2 fan headers + the CPU header, and two USB pin-outs.
In a word: Value. But good quality and useful value so hence a 5-star rating. I couldn't ask for anything more from this product.
This motherboard is nearly perfect for upgrading old computers but i would never use it to build a modern (2013) PC.
At £35 I expected this motherboard to be unreliable and at least incompatible with one driver, but the motherboard shone through and since the computer has been built there hasn't been one drawback/hitch.
I have given this motherboard 5 stars as i believe as rock have produced a wonderful product, plain and simple, it does its job!
well made and good quality, easy to set up.
only complaint was the delivery, it took 18 hours to get to my local depot, then CityLink took 6 days to deliver it.
it finally arrived one day late.
Good little motherboard with onboard graphics, and HDMI out feed but also has a PCIE graphics slot.
recommended, especially at the price.
I bought it just for 2 years- later ill buy something better :)
Anyway- its just a basic motherboard- I did not have any expectations
Asrock OC utility, Xfast ram + Xfast usb really works ! For sure Ill stay with this brand :)
I used this for a budget build and was happy with my results, hoped this review helped!
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