Best AMD AM3+ Motherboards 2014
If you're a performance enthusiast, then this might just be a great board for you. It has 3 x PCIe2.0 x16 slots. Asus Crosshair motherboards are known for their durability and speed.
The Ga990FXA-UD3 motherboard is a durable option with many features that motherboards which cost $50 more offer. It's designed for super fast speeds and perfect for any single or dual SLI/Crossfire PC build with 4 slots for your card (2 with 16 lanes).
Technical details include up to 32 GB of DD3 memory (dual channel support), 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, 8 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, Realtek ALC889 audio chipset, and FSB 2600MHz Hyper Transport. Compatible with FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / and Sempron 100 Series AMD CPU. Comes with a 3 year manufacturer's warranty.
AMD's FX Series
AMD's FX Series started with its Bulldozer line back in 2011. In 2012 AMD build upon this line by releasing its Piledriver based processors. These processors made considerable strides against rival Intel and most builders are looking for good things from AMD's Steamroller release in 2013.
History of AM3 CPU
In February of 2009 socket AM3 CPU were released and with it popular motherboard manufacturer's like Gigabyte and Asus made newly designed motherboards that would be compatible with the newly released Phenom II series of processors from AMD.
The main difference between the old AM2 and AM2+ motherboards was in the amount of pins that the AM3 socket carried (941) vs. the 938 that the AM2 had carried. AM3 motherboards are compatible with the newer generation of DDR3, SDRam, and Sata 6Gb/s specifications.
AMD Motherboard Reviews
ASUS M4A785 M AM3 AMD785G-Another Value Motherboard
Behind the ASUS AMD 990FXA boards the most popular AM3 motherboard on the market right now is the Asus M4A785. I like the M4A785 mainly because of the durability and quality of Asus' products, the low price ($85.99 right now), and the products specifications. If you are looking to purchase the M4A785, then you may need to order it through Amazon's wholesalers as this product is out of stock at a few of the other sites that we visited.
ASUS M4A785 Product Specifications:
- Hybrid CrossFireX Support Boosted Performance with onboard GPU and discrete graphics card
- Turbo Key ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button into a physical overclocking button.
- EPU-4 Engine System Level Energy Saving
- HDMI/DVI/RGB Support
- ASUS EPU Engine -Energy Efficiency & Noise Reduction
Customer Reviews:"I just got this board in. So far so good. The price is unbelievable for what you get in my opinion." Another customer said, "This board is awesome for the price. I like ASUS,and have never had a problem with any of their products. Highly recommended."
Limitations of the ASUS M4A785 - The M4A785 supports DDR2 and USB 2.0 but not their successors.
If you want a motherboard that does not have the limitations of the ASUS M4784, then consider the GA-890GPA-UD3H. At Under $135 it won't break your budget, and it supports DDR3, USB 3.0, and SATA 6Gb/s. It has support for AMD's newest line of CPU and it will support all of the newest specifications that you should get for a long time. We also like that it's from one of the big two motherboard manufcaturers (Gigabyte and Asus) that we try to stick with for quality and durability. It also gives you all the slots you need for gaming or editing.
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