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When building your own PC, the heart of everything is the motherboard.
All components and wiring go through your motherboard, and therefore it's important to make sure everything works with it.
The ASRock 960GM-GS3 FX motherboard is a cheap and cheerful motherboard, it has the capacity to hold a powerful 8 core AMD CPU, with up to 125W of power, as long as it uses a AM3 or AM3+ socket, which most do. On the box, it is stated that the motherboard is designed to work with AMD Phenom II x6 (6 core) and AMD Athlon II processors.
It supports DDR3 RAM, up to 8GB in total, 2 slots, so 4GB in each slot, it supports up to 1333MHZ RAM with all CPU's, and up to 2100MHZ with an AM3+ CPU.
There are 4 USB ports in the rear of the motherboard, as well as 2 PS/2 ports for any older keyboard/mice you want to use with it.
It includes your standard set of ports, such as VGA, Ethernet, and your headphone/microphone ports etc.
An ATI HD 3000 series graphics card is in-built into the motherboard, it is worth nothing that this is a very weak GPU, and if you play games, you should definitely purchase a separate graphics card, as the in-built one will struggle to play any games made after 2006 or so.
There is a PCI-e 2 x16 port that can be used for a dedicated GPU, if you're into games. As well as 2 PCI ports, ideal for a sound card or Network Interface Card (NIC). A PCI-e 2 x1 port is also available, which can be used for a NIC as well.
There are power ports to supply power to a CPU fan, a Chassis fan and a Power fan.
The motherboard is a Micro-ATX design, which should fit into an ATX casing fine.
There are 4 SATA2 connectors, for any drives you wish to fit.
Really this is a basic cheap motherboard, ideal for building a gaming PC if you are on a budget, if you're into video editing, you may want to go with a motherboard that has a higher RAM limit than 8GB, but for gaming, it is fine for the moment.
ASRock XFast USB technology redefines the standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB series motherboard integrates with the XFast USB Technology which delivers the fastest USB data transfer speed. According to below graph, it shows that the ASRock XFast USB technology can even boost USB 2.0 performance.
This board is designed to build up the most powerful system and delivers the most demanding technology for users nowadays. Just enjoy computing with ASRock 8-core CPU ready motherboard.
|Product Description:||ASRock 960GM-GS3 FX - motherboard - micro ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 760G|
|Product Type:||Motherboard - micro ATX|
|Chipset Type:||AMD 760G / AMD SB710|
|Processor Socket:||1 x Socket AM3+|
|Compatible Processors:||Sempron, Phenom II X3, Athlon II X2, Phenom II X2, Athlon II X4, Athlon II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X6 ( Except Phenom II 920 / 940 )|
|Data Bus Transfer Rate:||5.2 GT/s|
|Max RAM Size:||8 GB|
|RAM Supported:||2 DIMM slots - DDR3 , non-ECC , unbuffered|
|Storage Ports:||4 x SATA-300 (RAID), 1 x ATA-133|
|USB / FireWire Ports:||4 x USB 2.0 + ( 4 x USB 2.0 via headers )|
|Graphics:||ATI Radeon 3000|
|Max Allocated RAM Size:||512 MB|
|Audio:||HD Audio (6-channel)|