Summary: Printed manual provided with board is mostly useless except for locating jumpers and plugging in cables. Do yourself a favor and download the current PDF version of the manual before starting your build.
Pros: Successfully unlocked an AMD Phenom II X3 905e to a quad-core, and the system is stable.
Cons: Incompatible with Wintec 4G DDR2 PC800 RAM, Newegg N82E1680161484, using default and/or auto-detected memory values. board only saw 2G of 4G on stick.
Perfect replacement for HP Pavilion cases...well, Almost.
CHRISTOPHER C., Newegg
19 April 2013
Pros: Nice compact size.. connectors on board perfectly match those of 2-3 year old HP Pavilion mid-towers.. nothing crowded together. Very easy to set up.
Cons: My only complaint is this.. (which is why I subtracted one egg in my rating): If you want a decently quiet case, you MUST have a cpu fan with a 4-pin connector. This motherboard will run a 3-pin CPU fan at 100% at all times, completely ignoring the "Cool 'n' Quiet" option in the bios. Hate to tell ya this, ASRock, but most people buying this board are buying it to breathe new life into old PCs... most of which are still sporting 3-pin CPU fans. This isn't a game-ender...
Pros: Got this to replace the older board when it started shutting down for no reason. I just hope that fixes it. Anyway it had more features than the other one plus it supported dual channel DDR2 1066. The other did not. It was also very easy to OC just a little. 2 clicks with the mouse and I was done. Went from 2.5GHZ to 2.95GHZ. Not going to go any higher than that at this time. If I decide to go any higher and have no problems I will update this. Outside of being much b...
Cons: None so far. If anything pops up will be back.