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GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2000(OC) /1866
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Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3

Model

Brand
GIGABYTE
Model
GA-970A-D3

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3+
CPU Type
FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
FSB
2400MHz Hyper Transport (4800 MT/s)

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD 970 + SB950

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2000(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
2 (x16, x4)
PCI Express x1
3
PCI Slots
2

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10/JBOD

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
USB 1.1/2.0
8 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x CPU fan header
2 x system fan headers
1 x power fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x serial port header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12" x 8.82"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU

Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU

AMD OverDrive Support

108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback

DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)

Turbo XHD- Full Automatic RAID 0/Stripe

Ultra Durable 2 - Classic

GIGABYTE innovative technology- Easy Energy Saver

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Daniel D.
  • 4/5/2014 10:48:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 Years later review

Pros: Worked pretty well for 2 years

Cons: Pretty weak reliability for an "award" winning board. The RMA process has been noting but a nightmare. After it took three days for them to "receive" the board even though I know it was already delivered. They proceeded to take the rest of the week to decide it was actually broken, without telling me what the actual problem was. So I called them probably for the second time to find out that even though the board was marked as broken I was no closer to receiving a replacement. The person on the phone stated that even though it was marked as broken it was going to have to pass though another person taking who knows how long even though they could have already started shipping me a new board. If I knew the process would have been this terrible I would have just bought a new board (not a gigabyte) so I could just sell other board. Now I'm just stuck with no computer writing bad reviews of a board I should have received last week, or at least had in the mail.

Other Thoughts: Even though the board worked for as ling as it did, going though this rma process has been a nightmare.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 108443 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Tonya L.
  • 2/9/2014 9:29:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAMD Fail

Pros: everything needed in a single board. plenty of usb ports, good price

Cons: had the board for 6 months and it completely died. seems to always happen to me with AMD hardware.

Other Thoughts: for a solid reliable board ill continue to support intel and purchase higher price parts to have that cozy feeling "inside".

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 105922 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

1. Please test using 1 stick of memory module.

2. Are you able to hear any beeping?

3. Will the system shut off when holding down the power button?

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Gregg D.
  • 1/27/2014 5:14:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad...

Pros: Was nice while it lasted

Cons: Only lasted about a year. Is it me or do parts just not seem to last like they used to? Seems motherboards in particular just dont hold up long term like they once did. Had to get an old Abit NF7 cranked up to order new parts.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 105303 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

1. Can you shut off the machine by holding down the power button?

2. Please test using a single stick of memory module.

3. Can you hear any diagnostic beeps through the case speaker?

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Steven E.
  • 1/11/2014 4:12:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Love it. Even after a year.

Cons: None

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  • Kelly S.
  • 1/7/2014 10:25:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas fine for a year.. now is trash

Pros: It worked fine for what i used it for for 1 year..

Cons: It comes default in the Bios as IDE and not AHCI.. WHY? I'll tell you, because AHCI creates errors randomly, when its turned on properly in bios it creates problems with installations corrupting data, even when compressing and compressing files it causes problems.
And i know its not the HDD im using: Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
And we are talking about fresh installs of both win7 and win8 64bit, there was no room for error in these tests.
I then changed it back to IDE and the program i installed many times and failed with AHCI now worked with IDE.
I ran it as IDE for a year not needing the AHCI features but i formatted after changing to AHCI because now i do need AHCI.

I also have corsair 1600 ram that runs at 1333 even when i manually set it in the BIOS to run at 1600MHz it errors and forces it back to 1333 after restart.

This board is trash and doesn't do what it is advertised to be capable of. False advertisement.
Im normally a fan of GIGABYTE but this really let me down..

Other Thoughts: I also have a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 and that board i do trust, the GA-970A-D3 micro-controller must be off with AHCI because it corrupts data at random.. it runs the OS fine but things will corrupt or wont work at random.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 104642 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

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  • Guadalupe V.
  • 12/19/2013 2:24:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOK

Pros: Nice layout, great features

Cons: Died after about 13 months

Other Thoughts: Used LOTS (40+) of Gigabyte motherboards with no failures until now. I guess I'll find out how good their return process is...

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  • Colton M.
  • 12/12/2013 4:19:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove the board

Pros: It was easy to install, compatible with everything so far, very fast, plenty of connections, etc.

I am running 16 gigs of ram and a 3.6ghz quad core. So far the computer has been very fast and responsive. I love that I can still make major upgrades in the future as technology grows to keep my system relevant.

I love that it has two pci express ports! With this board you will never need another usb port. It has tons!

Cons: none so far. It has been great!

Other Thoughts: I have had this board for almost a year now and never any problems.

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  • Gary I.
  • 11/21/2013 10:26:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Reliable Board

Pros: Have been using for over a year now with no issues. Works great with Ubuntu Linux too. Gigabyte released a new bios for the new amd processors to work which is a huge plus. Would buy again.

Cons: This is not their current board.

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  • Spencer N.
  • 11/4/2013 8:01:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice motherboard, decent price. Haven't had any issues with it so far and it has been over six months.

Cons: Does not fit in a Gigabyte GZ-G1 case.
The case that was included with the DIY combo is a nice case, but let it be know that the board it self does not fit well with the case stated above.

The entire left side of the board has no place to mount, leaving it to float freely, making it frustrating and frightening when plugging in the power cables to the board.

Though on the bright side the bios shield fits the case, and the IO plugs align fine.

Other Thoughts: Over all the board is great, no complaints six months later.

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  • Cameron C.
  • 11/3/2013 12:13:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt was great... for a while

Pros: Install is easy, fast, and intuitive.
Many USB ports.
Solid board.
No Problems, for 6 months.

Cons: Poorly placed SATA ports, power connection, PCI-E connection.
After 6 months, the CPU power connector fried leaving me with a dead MOBO.

Other Thoughts: While this is a solid board, the UD3 version is a large improvement over this one. The power connector should be your biggest worry on this motherboard.

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