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ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 770 or ASRock 970 Extreme3 Motherboard?

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May 13, 2012 2:46:29 AM

Hi guys,

Just wanted to make sure I'm not buying something worth next to nothing.

Current Rig:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T (Unlockable to AMD Phenom II X6 1605T/1600T "Overclocked.")
Current Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3
Motherboard That Was Replaced: MSI 870A-G54
PSU: OCZ StealthxStream 600w 80+ Certified
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB (Non-Reference and Single Fan).
RAM: Kingston Hyper X Blu 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600 Mhz
HDD: Samsung 1 TB 7200RPM Spinpoint (Model HD103SJ)


It's only been a couple of days with this new motherboard and it seems to have cleared most stability issues as my older MSI 870A-G54 mobo had MOSFETs looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa...

When I visited my local microcenter looking for a new and decent quality motherboard the sales associate told me that my current mobo at the moment is my best bet because the ASRock 970 Extreme3 will not be compatible with my current CPU...

I thought for a sec and swore it was... Even though I was willing to pay the measly $20 difference between the 2 motherboards, I didn't want to risk coming home with an incompatible mobo. So I took the 970DE3/U3S3.

Now that I've done some researching, it seems to me the ASRock 970 Extreme3 is definitely worth the extra $20. The ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 didn't have heatsinks for the MOSFETs nor did it feel firm when it came outta the box... However, this board is handling my 960T @ 4.1 GHz and 1.368 CPU-voltage.

I love overclocking and forcing things to become a bang for your buck, what do you guys recommend over these 2 motherboards?

Here are the links to both boards:

ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
ASRock 970 Extreme3 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Other Motherboard suggestions under $100 is also appreciated.

Thanks
September 13, 2012 3:43:54 PM

so does the 970DE3/U3S3 work fine??

I'm thinking about buying it for a while.
September 28, 2012 12:20:35 AM

Aezritte said:
so does the 970DE3/U3S3 work fine??

I'm thinking about buying it for a while.


For myself, it didn't cut it.

But, I do a lot of overclocking. If you're not really looking to do any overclocking, i'd recommend it, but if you're in fact looking to do some overclocking this is not the motherboard to go with.

Doesn't have MOSFET Heatsinks which will possibly limit your overclocking capabilities especially with Phenom II CPUs.
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