Re: Asrock 970 pro3 + amd phenom ii x4 955
Your benchmark link is using an Intel SB which has a better memory controller than your AMD. Thus it's an apples to oranges comparison. And that's coming from a lifelong AMD guy.
I'll take away from your post you know little of OC'ing so I would suggest for a painless first experience getting some decent 1333 sticks that you can fall back to. Experiment OC'ing with these until you have the basics and confidence then upgrade to a better/higher memory. In OC'ing AMD's do be aware that the stock cooler is only good to a rather limited OC range and after that you'll also need to upgrade the cooling and maybe case fans too. They run hot.
Your ZM600 should be fine. "ErP/EuP Ready" are EU standards for power consumption. Google "ErP/EuP Ready" and you'll get a more thorough explanation.
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