TechSpot: AMD Socket AM3 Budget Motherboard Shootout

The AMD AM3 platform appears to be the way to go for budget-minded users, and best of all there's a huge range of affordable motherboards to choose from. Because of the way AMD has been forced into playing their cards, it is easy to find and purchase an AM3 motherboard capable of supporting even the latest Phenom II X6 processor for less than $100. Many of these motherboards also boast newly released technologies such as SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0, making them even more attractive.

Today we are putting together a few of these affordable AM3 motherboards to see just how much bang for your buck they offer. The contenders include the Asrock 880GMH/USB3 ($85), Gigabyte 870A-UD3 ($95) and MSI 870A-G54 ($90).

Also as part of our evaluation, we will attempt to unlock the Phenom II X2 555 processor ($100) on each board, essentially obtaining the performance of a $160 part without shelling out the extra cash for it.

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Not to mention move the damn dimm slots a wee bit further away from the socket to allow for big HSF's that sit low and would normally block dimm 1

What is the point of putting in PCI/PCI-E slots if the Graphics board uses that space?. I hate mobos today, can't put no add in cards.

Why don't they move the Graphics slot down and put all the expansion slots behind that so people can actually USE them? grrrrrrrr

Mike Frett said,
What is the point of putting in PCI/PCI-E slots if the Graphics board uses that space?. I hate mobos today, can't put no add in cards.

Why don't they move the Graphics slot down and put all the expansion slots behind that so people can actually USE them? grrrrrrrr


All mine fit, my GPU's heatsink is small with a small (and crappy) ATI fan. Depends on what type of GFX card you get.

It is not the UK sellers, it is the dollar rate don't forget if the pound is low against the dollar at the time we will pay a higher price.

ShayneMan said,
It is not the UK sellers, it is the dollar rate don't forget if the pound is low against the dollar at the time we will pay a higher price.

"80.00 USD = 52.5306 GBP"

Skullpture said,

Uhh... Overseas expenses?

Boards are made in China, shipping to UK and USA should be very nearly the same.

Brilliant, bloody brilliant.
$80 somehow equates to £91.
I am getting sick of those arseholes that just overcharge the british, UK sellers; go **** yourselves!

n_K said,
Brilliant, bloody brilliant.
$80 somehow equates to £91.
I am getting sick of those arseholes that just overcharge the british, UK sellers; go **** yourselves!

iirc it's called VAT. not to mention import taxes.

treemonster said,

iirc it's called VAT. not to mention import taxes.

USA has a ~13% VAT from what I can gather, so ~5% less than ours.
Import taxes as said below are going to be the same.