Best AMD AM3+ Motherboards 2014

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ - My favorite AM3+ motherboard in the under $150 category. ASUS M4A785-M - AM3 - AMD785G - DDR2 - HDMI - uATX MotherboardGigabyte Socket AM3/AMD 890GX/SATA3&USB3.0/A&V&GbE/ATX Motherboard GA-890GPA-UD3HASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - AM3 - AMD 890GX - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX MotherboardASUS M4A87TD EVO - AM3 - AMD 870 - DDR3 - USB3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ - My favorite AM3+ motherboard in the under $150 category.
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ - My favorite AM3+ motherboard in the under $150 category.
ASUS M4A785-M - AM3 - AMD785G - DDR2 - HDMI - uATX Motherboard
ASUS M4A785-M - AM3 - AMD785G - DDR2 - HDMI - uATX Motherboard
Gigabyte Socket AM3/AMD 890GX/SATA3&USB3.0/A&V&GbE/ATX Motherboard GA-890GPA-UD3H
Gigabyte Socket AM3/AMD 890GX/SATA3&USB3.0/A&V&GbE/ATX Motherboard GA-890GPA-UD3H
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - AM3 - AMD 890GX - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - AM3 - AMD 890GX - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
ASUS M4A87TD EVO - AM3 - AMD 870 - DDR3 - USB3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
ASUS M4A87TD EVO - AM3 - AMD 870 - DDR3 - USB3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Republic of Gamers Series Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Republic of Gamers Series Motherboard

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.

 

AM3/AM3+ Motherboards

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3

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:

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.

For additional information on AM3 motherboards you can read AMD's design specifications here. Also here's a look at the best 1155 motherboards compatible with Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU.

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M4875 angle view.The Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H is USB 3, DDR3, and Sata 6Gb/s compatible and comes with a 3 year warranty.
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The Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H is USB 3, DDR3, and Sata 6Gb/s compatible and comes with a 3 year warranty.
The Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H is USB 3, DDR3, and Sata 6Gb/s compatible and comes with a 3 year warranty.

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.

Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H

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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