Summary: This Combo was a great purchase. I couldn't be happier. I read many reviews online bashing the performance of the FX-6300 however paired with a GTX650ti I run Battlefield 4 on Ultra Settings at 1650x1080 without the hint of a stutter. I would write more but need to go.
Pros: - Bottomline: Great performance for the cost., - Mobo has lots of, surprisingly, great features. Looks good and feels sturdy., - FX-6300 runs anything I can throw at it without breaking a sweat., -Runs cool even with stock cooler. (used Arctic Silver MX-4 thermal paste), -FX-6300 overclocks like a beast.
Pros: The bios is cool tons of options.... tons of connections if only the board worked... asrock shouldve recalled all these boards ... look into another brand
Cons: The worst board i have ever owned period! This board is bipolar and needs help and im not alone i wish i would have done my research on this board a good amount of people have had the same issue no post screen does not restart properly and freezes up whenever i do actually manage to get to the desktop and no its not any of my parts i have checked every single part. I wanted to get this board to upgrade from my ECS m3 micro atx that had a busted ram slot... had to go b...
Pros: Looks nice, probably nice and good if the stupid thing arrived fully put together.
Cons: Well, lets start, top PCIe slot, failed, second PCie slot, missing over HALF the connecting pins.... you freaking kidding me!? Is there such thing as QC from ASRock/Asus? I mean other products I have seen and used seemed to work fantastic, in my first build I had an Asus. But this is un-acceptable. Now I have RMA'd it, RMA is going to take over two weeks to get my stuff back to me..... that's even IF the guy that told me how to do it over the phone from Newegg was rig...
Summary: The Asrock 970 Extreme3 included in this deal is the R2 version and came with the most up to date BIOS. It also features front USB 3.0 support, which its' predecessor didn't (and reveived much flak for in the reviews). The motherboard and processor perform well right out of the box and there was no settings/other issues in the way.
Pros: Good component compatibility;, Improved R2 version of the motherboard has front USB 3.0 and latest BIOS pre-installed;, Windows 7 recognized most drivers automatically (no need to reformat hard drive from old PC);, Best deal at $189 with included rebates.
Cons: Mail-in rebate that takes 4 months to process!
Summary: This is a good board but only a good board. Not a lot of accessories. Came with two SATA cables and the backplate, and that was it. As for ASRock Software, it's ok at best. I've had good experiences with MSI and ASUS brand motherboards, not quite as good with ASRock. Tried their drivers and will probably switch back to Windows default drivers soon as My SSD can't update its firmware, and I believe that the ASRock motherboard and SATA drivers may be to blame.
Pros: Good Board, with a UEFI BIOS., Some of the ASRock software's fantastic.