Let’s be honest: this is an outdated motherboard, based on a chipset from three years ago.

If you want to play games, simply forget this product. It is true that this motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot, allowing you to disable its on-board video and install a “real” video card. However, this slot is a 1.0 and not a 2.0, presenting half of the bandwidth available on other motherboards. Translation: this slot is equivalent of a PCI Express 2.0 slot working at x8.

On the good side, we have price. This will be one of the cheapest socket AM2+ motherboards available on the market, and it supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memories. As explained in our review, the fact that it has DDR3 memory support doesn’t make this motherboard a socket AM3 model, since the voltage used to feed the CPU (VDD) and the integrated memory controller (VDDNB) is the same, while socket AM3 motherboards use separate voltages.

The only application for this motherboard is as an option for building a computer to run only office applications (word processor, spreadsheet, e-mail, web browsing, etc.), while trying to save as much as you can.

It can’t be used to build a home theater PC (HTPC) because it only has an analog video output, lacks SPDIF outputs, and has a low-end audio codec.

This board comes with a core unlocking feature (UCC), a utility that allows you to discover whether your AMD CPU has “hidden” CPU cores, and then to enable any it finds. Sometimes, when demand for a specific CPU is high, AMD gets a better CPU and transforms it into a simpler model, usually getting a quad-core CPU and “transforming” it into a triple-core or a dual-core CPU by disabling the extra core(s). If you are lucky enough to get a CPU from a batch where the manufacturer did this, you will be able to transform your dual- or triple-core CPU into a quad-core one.

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.