Which AMD motherboard should I buy?

There are two motherboards I am looking at to put my FX-8350 in for a gaming machine. I am not thinking of OCing right now, but I will after about a year of owning it. I am wondering which one I should pick up?

ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157394&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Gigabyte GA-970AD3P - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128627&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

asus is master race for AMD, asrock is okay, Gigabyte however, never again...

if your gung to run a 8350 u must have a 990fx, if you dont you will starve the cpu and destory that board if you put to much stress on it. the 970 chip set doesnt have a strong enough power phase design. id go for an Asus m5a99fx pro r2.0, dont get the le version as it doesnt have a good heat sink set up on it.

There are some motherboards with 970 that have good v-regs, such as the Gigabyte 970a-UD3. However, neither of those motherboards listed by the OP are fit for an 8350, much less overclocking on them. Some 990fx boards are just as bad as the ones listed, say the ASRock 990fx Extreme3, but the Extreme4 has better v-regs. I'm actually looking to pick up an AM3+ motherboard and have been shopping around a lot.

The new Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P is the best choice. The power phase design is the same like a 990FX board.

8+2 phase CPU VRM power design for AMD high-TDP CPU support


If you are going for a top of the line AMD cpu dont be a cheap ass because it will bite you in the ass!

Cheapest for 8 core cpu's you should go to

Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0(if you can find one in the US)

Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0

Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0

NOT recommended for overclocking

ASRock 990FX Extreme4

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

Premium high class

ASRock 990FX Extreme9


Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7