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The P43 Pro/USB3 is an entry level ATX motherboard from ASRock.

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Pros

Overclocking options in the BIOS are numerous and helpful.

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Decent choice for those seeking USB 3.0 support at a low price point.

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Decent integrated audio--7.1 channel with Premium Blu-ray audio.

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Automatic boot failure safeguard works well, saves you from headaches if you configure the BIOS improperly.

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Cons

Overclocking performance is severely limited.

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No sense getting this over similarly priced Sandy Bridge Intel motherboards.

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Limited RAM support--double check your voltages before buying.

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The P43 Pro/USB3 is an entry level ATX motherboard from ASRock. As an Intel-based product, this board features support for a variety of Core 2 processors. DDR3 memory support is standard, and video expansion is enabled by a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot. A single USB 3.0 port is also built in for use with accessories.

The ASRock P43 Pro/USB3 is based on the LGA 775 socket, meaning a wide range of Core 2, Pentium and Celeron dual-core processors are compatible. The capacitors used on the P43 Pro/USB3 are 100% Japanese made, and have a 2.5x longer lifetime according to ASRock. Audio is provided by Realtek with 7.1 channel surround sound with Blu-ray audio support. The manufacturer includes several proprietary tools for overclocking and system tweaking. With these, users can instantly boot their machine and overclock their CPU with desktop-based tools. A package of trialware is also included on a CD.

Features
  • LGA 775 socket for Intel processors
  • 100% Japanese-made capacitors
  • DDR3 1600 MHz memory support
  • 4x DIMM slots, 16 GB max. memory
  • 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash, OC Tuner, IES, OC DNA
  • Windows 7 / 64-bit compliant
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