Summary: I took the leap of faith with ASRock as this board offered all the features at a great price. I have typically stuck to Gigabyte and Asus over the years but hit some bright spots with Shuttle and Biostar. First the board does not bend or feel cheap, soilder joints seem very good and the caps seem solid when pressed in from the top.. At first glance everything checks out. Installation went smooth, Installation of ram, ssd, video, all good.
Summary: Love the motherboard. Didn't need the usb 3.0 but it is a nice addition and I see it becoming the norm soon. Only thing I wish it did differently is maybe usb 3.0 headers. The pci-e slot can be used for this so i'm not too upset.
Summary: I was looking to build a budget computer for gaming. I wanted to use an fx6300 and hd 7770 just to get started. This board fits my needs for now and has been working great for the last 3 months. It is only a 760 chipset but i haven't noticed any issues with speed or performance. I made a mistake though thinking the board had a usb 3.0 header, however it does not, but that is not a big deal.
Summary: if you are planning to use an 8 core cpu, you will need a bios update. if you are not going to use sli and not going crazy on your overclock; this is the mobo for you. Motherboards are never a bottleneck. use your money somewhere else.
Best budget motherboard for basic computer builds.
J. Wilson, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I've used this motherboard a few times now. It's hard to find anything comparable for the price. Really the perfect board for building a basic computer at a good price. Lots of great CPUs available to fit it, supports 1600MHz RAM with a simple BIOS setting change, has both a VGA and DVI graphics port, a rare feature in this price range and handy when you don't know what sort of monitor will eventually be hooked up to it.
Summary: Keep in mind this motherboard advertises "AM3+" and "8-core" support, but does NOT support all AM3+ processors, namely the 125W Vishera CPUs such as FX-8320. I made the mistake of buying this for my FX-8320 only to realize they are actually not compatible. I wish the packaging was more clear. Another reviewer stated that a simple "read the CPU compatibility table for 10 seconds to figure that out.
Summary: its a decent board but is very thin feels like your going to break it putting in gpu or snapping down cpu heatsink also 3 of the sata ports get covered by the graphics card 2 being the sata 6gb slots making them not usable coverall 3 stars ill look into a different board next time or when this one takes a crap paying more attention to the layout of the board
DONT BUY FROM ASROCK!! not trying to be rude just dont
1 November 2013
Summary: I have had the horrible time dealing with this company. Attitude is on the phone is not good customer service quality. My motherboard only works 2 months and I haven't even overclocked any components. I upgrade my GPU to a gtx 780 and while removing my HD 7770 the plastic tab brakes off between my 2 fingers like it's a toothpick made of HOLLOW balsa wood. I put in my new evga gtx 780 classified(im sooo excited!). My monitor reads no input.
Summary: Great motherboard. I actually sent another brand back and ordered this one which was so much easier. Stick with AsRock and you will not be sorry! I have built two new computers using ASRock and I highly recommend all of their products.
Had an AM2 board go bad, so I tried this but my processor won't fit
Joseph Poirier "Fahnix", Amazon
9 October 2013
Summary: The advertisement was that this would hold AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+, but clearly this thing only works w/the newer processors. I bummed because I have a great Quadcore processor and thought I only needed to buy RAM to move my customer's system over. Since my customer is a relative, I'll never hear the end of this.