Summary: This is a very very solid board! used a Phenom X3 BE unlocked the 4th core and was able to overclock it a bit with just a cooler. i have an ATI/AMD HD 4850 running WOW on High. solid 60fps anywhere i go!!
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
26 November 2013
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.