Are you ready for Bulldozer? Here’s a review of our top ten AMD AM3 and AM3+ Motherboards for 2011.
Here’s a quick list of AM3+ or AM3+ ready chipsets:
AMD 990FX, AMD 990X, 980G, AMD 970, 890FX, 890GX, 880G, 870, 790 FX, 790 GX, 790X, 785G, 770, 760G, 740G
*Make sure to check the manufacturer’s product webpage specifications in order to be sure that your board is indeed AM3+ ready.
List Date: 1/10/2012
1. MSI AM3 USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s AMD 890FX Chipset Motherboard 890FXA-GD70
This motherboard received the best of the best award from Maximum PC.
Specifications for the 890FXA-GD70 include up to 16 GB dual channel DDR3 Ram at 2133, 1800, 1600 (O.C.), 1333, 1066. Additional specs, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, 1 x SATA 3Gb/s, 5 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, 5 x USB 2.0, and 2 x USB 3.0. A 3 year parts and labor warranty is included with purchase. The super stable military grade components along with the overclock genie make this board one of the easier ones I’ve come across for overclocking.
2. Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Socket AM3 AMD 890GX/SB850 6 SATA USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
Asus makes a great quality board and when looking for a 890GX chipset to add to this list the M489GTD Pro stood out as a solid selection. Specifications include up to 16 GB of Dual channel DDR 3 memory – 2000(O.C.), 1333, 1066. For the price you also get Sata 6Gb/s compatibility, USB 3.0 compatibilty, as well as D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI ports on the back of the board. Other features include Core Unlocker, Turbo Key II for simple overclocking, GPU Boost, TurboV EVO, ASUS Express Gate, and the ASUS EPU Engine. A 3 year parts and labor warranty is included.
3. ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 – AM3 – AMD 880G – DDR3 – USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s – ATX Motherboard
If you’re looking for a great mid-range motherboard for gaming, then the Asus M4A88TD-V EVO might just be the one you’re looking for. At around $120 you get a customer choice winner from NewEgg and everything you need to run AMD’s most recently released processors. Includes 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16, up to 16 GB DDR3 ram, onboard Realtek 8111E, HDMI, D-sub, and DVI ports, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, Sata 6Gb/s compatibility, and all the other bells and whistles that higher-end motherboards provide. 3 Year parts and labor warranty included.
4. ASRock AM3 processors AMD 770-140W 4DDR3/ATI CrossFireX motherboard M3A770DE
This is the best bang-for-your buck you’ll find out there period. Where else can you get this nice of a board for under $60 that has 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots? It supports up to 16 gb ram, has 4 x Sata 3Gb/s, 4 x USB 2.0, and supports the latest in AMD CPU technology. Another thought from me is that this would be a great motherboard for an inexpensive $500 gaming rig setup. You can see some of the options we came across a few weeks ago in are article on the best rig under $500 for 2011. Ok, so it’s not that great to look at, but you can hide it behind a great looking case.
5. GIGABYTE AMD 990FX + SB950 AM3+ SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard GA-990FXA-UD3
The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 is not the cheapest motherboard on the planet but the look is awesome, it’s from Gigabyte so you know it’s stable, and the price is in the low to -mid range when compared with other motherboards with its specifications.
Specifications include expansion slots of 4 (x16, x16, x4, x4), 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, up to 32 GB DDR3 ram, 8 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, Ultra Durable 3 – Classic and comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Gigabyte.
Additional details: CPU: AM3+/AM3/AMD Athlon II Chipsets: AMD 990FX/AMD SB950, Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec , High Definition Audio, Dolby Home Theater, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbit, Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port,1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector,1 x IEEE 1394 port,8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports,2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports,2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector,1 x RJ-45 port,6 x audio jacks.
6. MSI AM3 AMD 870 125W-CPU Support 2 PCIEx16/1 PCIEx1/3 PCI 870-G45 ATX Motherboard
7. Gigabyte AMD 990X + SB950 AM3/AM3+ SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard GA-990XA-UD3
8. ASUS Sabertooth 990FX – AM3+ – TUF Series – ATX AMD 990FX DDR3 1800 Motherboards
If you are in to high-performance, then you should strongly consider the Asus Sabertooth TUF series. The TUF parts allow for better heat dissipation. When it’s not hot your hardware performs at a higher level and lasts longer.
9. Gigabyte AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard GA-880GA-UD3H
10. Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AMD 970 + SB950 AM3+ SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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