AM3+ mATX. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets' started by Nian, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Nian

    Nian Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    734
    Hey Guys.


    I'm hobbling together an AM3+ System for family.


    I have an FX-8320 and am going mATX.



    The thing is, I have two valid options for motherboard.

    Either the Asrock 970M Pro3 or the Asus M5A78L-M PLUS/USB3.

    The Asus is significantly cheaper, but the Asrock is the only 9XX mATX motherboard that has ever been made.


    What do you think?


    Oh and the system is going to be black / red. My nephew likes red...
     
  2. terrastrife

    terrastrife Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    18,127
    Location:
    ADL/SA The Monopoly State
    simply from pictures, you'll have more luck with the ASrock (less likely to VRM throttle the CPU), also the Asus is blue.
    This also goes in the What/Where to buy sub fourm.
     
  3. General_Cartman

    General_Cartman Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,674
    Location:
    The Confedaracah!
    I have that board, ordered it from Newegg coz I couldn't find any AU stock. No complains so far.
     
  4. Nian

    Nian Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    734
    Yea, easy enough to get.

    Does the job I assume. Any issues at all?
     
  5. Smokin Whale

    Smokin Whale Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    5,170
    Location:
    Pacific Ocean off SC
    What's it going to be used for? Will you be overclocking?
     
  6. demiurge3141

    demiurge3141 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2005
    Messages:
    880
    Location:
    Melbourne 3073


    Given you are 'hobbling' the rig together I'd just go for the cheaper board. Really no point spending on AM3 now.
     
  7. Rockman.EXE

    Rockman.EXE Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    169
    Location:
    Ballarat
    Have the Asus board myself, no complaints either.
     
  8. teahsr

    teahsr Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    The Asus does not support disks larger tha 2tb without using a disk locker program. However the disk unlocker program only works on Windows XP and 7.

    I'd get the Asrock.
     
  9. Smokin Whale

    Smokin Whale Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    5,170
    Location:
    Pacific Ocean off SC
    What on earth makes you think that? The ability to read drives larger than 2TB have nothing to do with the motherboard.
     
  10. teahsr

    teahsr Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    I had that mobo - so I speak from experience. I'm not sure of the exact reasons, possible to do with UEFI, or the chipset or something.

    Asus Support forums:

    http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx...id=1&model=M5A78L-M+LX&page=1&SLanguage=en-us

    Asus 'drivesrs and tools' for the mobo - under utilities the forth option is the disk unlocker program: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A78L-M-PLUS-USB3/HelpDesk_Download/

    Finally Asus's disk unlocker website:

    http://event.asus.com/mb/2010/Disk_Unlocker/
     
  11. Smokin Whale

    Smokin Whale Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    5,170
    Location:
    Pacific Ocean off SC
    I actually have this board (or at least, a very similar AM3 Asus board) in my backup NAS. Loaded with 6TB drives. I didn't do anything to get it to work on Windows 10... :tongue: just had it in AHCI mode
     
  12. teahsr

    teahsr Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    Yeah I have a similar Asus which now works with big drives. I think it's the old 780 chipset that does not work, but the more modern ones do. My current 970 chipset works.
     
  13. i7Baby

    i7Baby Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2012
    Messages:
    289
  14. AEKaBeer

    AEKaBeer Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2003
    Messages:
    3,937
    Location:
    Essendon
    I have the Asrock it does a good job in my media server, no complaints to speak of.
     
  15. Devils

    Devils (Taking a Break)

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2009
    Messages:
    185
    Location:
    Brisbane
    I've been using the ASUS M5A78L-M PLUS/USB3 for years, because AMD has not released a CPU in years.

    Pluses: Stable. HDMI and VGA. Sound is good.

    Minuses: Slow onboard graphics, suitable for old games; 2 PCI slots limit what peripherals you can add.
     

Share This Page