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8.4 out of 10

ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX

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Reviews and Problems with ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX

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Overall 6

Always fully research your MB.

Joshua H., Newegg
7 February 2014
  • Pros: A decent bargain board, especially for the price tag. A decent amount of ports (USB and SATA) for a Micro Board. Normally I hate micros. Worked out of the box, still working now, and was easy to install. Theoretically, it has some decent CPU support if the BIOS is flashed/updated. I like the BIOS, has a fair amount of options, and made it easy to set up AHCI mode for my Samsung 840 EVO. Simple OC tools, and apparently a Flash utility within the BIOS (I haven't used it...
  • Cons: Ok, here's why I knocked off an egg: The SATA3 controller is the ASMedia ASM1061 which apparently performs anywhere from 20-25% less when compared to the native AMD and Intel Controllers on other boards (my Z77 Asus board, for example). Had I known this beforehand, I wouldn't have bought it - that was the reason I changed the motherboard out in the first place. I had bought that EVO and put it in a SATA2 board, but decided I'd change it out for SATA3 and get the most ...
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Overall 10

Simple and does its job

Danny B., Newegg
16 January 2014
  • Summary: -No USB 3.0 header
  • Pros: -Cheap Cheap Cheap
  • Cons: -2 memory slots
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Overall 8

Probably the best AM3+ mATX board for the price

Anonymous, Newegg
17 July 2013
  • Summary: Speaking of, the chipsets used here are the 760G (northbridge) and SB710 (southbridge). Both of which are around 4 years old at this point. I would have preferred to see at least 880G WITH SB850 (the latter of which has much better SATA and USB speeds over the SB710) which are still old, but offer native SATA III ports. I knew what I was buying and I know that this would raise the price but if this solution was offered I probably would've paid for it.
  • Pros: Right away this board has a lot of good things going for it: USB 3.0, plenty of USB 2.0 ports, CIR support, good price and a great layout.
  • Cons: SATA III (6Gbps) is based off of an auxiliary chip instead of using a southbridge with one built in. Using the auxiliary chip can sometimes lead to slower speeds and weird compatibility issues. I would absolutely use the SATA II over the SATA III for your boot drive. I would only use the SATA III if I ran out of ports. Ideally, I would just like to see all SATA II.
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Overall 2


Brian V., Newegg
29 June 2013
  • Summary: The first motherboard worked fine for a while. Every once in a while, it would fail to POST and I would restart it a couple times trying different things (clearing CMOS, reseating RAM/PCI cards, etc.). It usually took more than 5 restarts for it to finally boot again. Over the course of the next week or so, it become incessant. By the end, it stopped POSTing at all.
  • Pros: When it did work, it seemed to do exactly as it should. BIOS was pretty standard, layout was pretty standard, performance was pretty much as expected.
  • Cons: From what I've seen, this is completely unbelievable. ASRock until now has not failed me, and considering all of the reviews already present here... I have a feeling there is some [KEYWORD] indirect fraud going on here.
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Overall 8

Great board overall

Zel P., Newegg
3 April 2013
  • Summary: Doesn't seem to be able to boot from USB Drives
  • Pros: Good for overclocking
  • Cons: No support for FX-8350 CPU (as of BIOS 1.30)
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Overall 8

So far so good

Dionisio N., Newegg
31 March 2013
  • Pros: solid build, good capacitors, oc ability, onboard video with dx9, works well with windows 7, supports am3 series aswell and here's my build
  • Cons: not sure if its my cpu *a AMD FX-4100* but my internet is super slow when i open google chrome but when i use the internet on my laptop its super fast. unsure whats wrong but i feel that its the chipset.
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Overall 8


Travis B., Newegg
17 February 2013
  • Pros: Where to begin? This is an excellent little mobo, well laid out for its form factor and supporting most of the features you'd expect from ASRock. The space around the CPU socket can accommodate larger blocks with ease, and the connectors are well-labeled. It has onboard USB 3.0 (sweet) and two Sata 3 connectors, which I aim to fill in the future. The BIOS is solid and functional, and I have no complaints as to the hardware.
  • Cons: The software bundle is another story. Though everything else seems functional, I'll say this. Do NOT install the C++ Redistributable from the CD or anything you could easily get from parent sites. I had to roll back my OS three times and reinstall once before figuring out what was causing the problem. It's a silly little issue, but just use the driver cd for the LAN and USB 3.0 driver, and get the rest from their respective sites.
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Overall 8

Great for the price

Michael R., Newegg
18 January 2013
  • Pros: Excellent price for the features. Some of the included utilities are nifty and useful. Put in a SATA III SSD, a FX4170, and 8GB RAM: no problems and great performance without over-clocking.
  • Cons: The usual problems with out-dated drivers, driver conflicts, etc., during build, but was able to resolve all issues in one afternoon. Configuring SSD in BIOS was confusing. Also pay close attention to the graphics card you plan to use, as you may encounter problems with the heatsink and caps that are near the PCIE slot.
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Overall 10

Working well so far

Anonymous, Newegg
29 December 2012
  • Pros: I have paired this with a AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor and it is working well. I have read that this motherboard and processor combo don't do well. I have been stress testing all 8 cores and they preform fine. I am not overclocking and don't plan to for some years.
  • Cons: Only two RAM slots and a max of 16GB. 16 GB is more than enough for now and if I even need more RAM, I'll just replace the motherboard. It was inexpensive enough.
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Overall 8


Leonard D., Newegg
1 November 2012
  • Summary: -The board is pretty tiny, and I don't like how the Ram sticks are nearly pushed right up against the heatsinks, and how an added on video card can blow heat right onto the CPU heatsink, but that is to be expected with a Micro ATX.
  • Pros: Great board for the price. Had it for a little over a week now paired with an Antec EA650 (650 Watt) Earthwatts PSU, an AMD FX-6200 Processor, and a 9800 GT 1GB GPU.
  • Cons: -I was positive it was a problem with the motherboard but I fully resolved it. If you have restarting problems or lock ups with this motherboard, go to the bios and manually set your memory to 1333 if it's 1600 or above speed memory. No problems for 4 days since I did this.
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