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Asrock 970 Extreme3 <-> Ga-970a-ud3

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October 29, 2011 2:17:08 PM

Hi,

Ga-970a-ud3 ($120) or Asrock 970 Extreme3 ($105 on discount rather than $140)?

The gigabyte has a 8+2 vrm and the Asrock has a 4+1vrm. But good power depends also on the quality of the mosfet.

Considering these:
-unlock cores
-overclocking
-Fan control and energy saver features
-Mushkin memory 1600 c7

which one will work the best for me?

Note: I could go a Asus M5a97 but I read that it is too picky about memory.

Thanks
October 29, 2011 3:08:14 PM

Anyone?
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November 9, 2011 10:32:23 AM

I finaly went with the Asus M5A97 and pickup a memory in Asus supported one. It does all I am asking for.
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December 27, 2011 7:50:32 PM

FWW
I went the other way with the ASRock 970 extreme3 and I am very happy with mine as well.
It packs a punch when combined with the Phenom II X4 970 that I have running at 3.9 ghz :) 
The BIOS has some neat features like A simple layout, the ability to use the mouse, and the ability to save settings so when you push it too far and have to use the CMOS jumper your favorite saved settings is just 3 clicks away instead of having to Re-do EVERYTHING.

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January 9, 2012 1:06:11 PM

ghkj21 said:
FWW
I went the other way with the ASRock 970 extreme3 and I am very happy with mine as well.
It packs a punch when combined with the Phenom II X4 970 that I have running at 3.9 ghz :) 
The BIOS has some neat features like A simple layout, the ability to use the mouse, and the ability to save settings so when you push it too far and have to use the CMOS jumper your favorite saved settings is just 3 clicks away instead of having to Re-do EVERYTHING.

Good to see it works for you. I was surprise myself that I could overclock a AMD X2 3.1GHZ to 4.2GHZ stable (no FSB overclocking). That is insane for me.

Agree, Bios are much much better and intelligent. The autotune works fine but it plays safe. It could handle only 3.8GHZ which is still acceptable.
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