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GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 6 x 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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The 970A-DS3P motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies. Featuring the USB3.0 controller, AMD 900 series motherboards allow users to take advantage of super fast USB transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, delivering 10x faster data transfer compared to USB 2.0. Utilizing the industry's first Serial ATA Revision 3.0 solution via AMD SB950 chipset, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer native 6 ports of next generation high speed data storage devices support with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. The AMD 900 series motherboards introduce a unique hardware design with lower resistance fuses for ensuring lower voltage drops and providing more stable and plentiful power delivery. USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices.


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


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  • Kenneth G.
  • 4/17/2015 11:03:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot sure about this board

Pros: When I was looking for a mobo for a new build.. I chose this one as my first choice.. Put in an order for over $1000... when my shipment arrived, it appeared the board was either used or was an open item. Box was not sealed and the anti-static film was held on with electrical tape. Contacted Newegg, got some run around but finally and RMA issued. Took about 3 weeks for my money to be returned to me. I replaced it with a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+. Problem is when you return an item the clock is still running on what you have bought.

Cons: Not sure if it was just sent to me in error or not. I suggested that they credit me and let me just pay the increase for the new board. I know... but it was worth a shot.

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  • Joel P.
  • 4/14/2015 1:15:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo Post, No nothing.

Pros: 4x RAM slots, but not much else.

Cons: DOA, RAM slots are very awkwardly close to a mounting hole (difficult screwdriver angle!)

Other Thoughts: Assembled the new build, no post beeps. Only after I installed did I get online and read the reviews. Sounds like terrible quality from a company I thought had a solid name. Will return ASAP and never order GIGABYTE again.

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 121302 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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  • Anonymous
  • 4/13/2015 5:59:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board...

Pros: Good board with and easy to navigate bios.

Cons: Non so far.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/6/2015 8:20:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsover a year old runing 2 comps

Pros: over a year ago i brought two of these boards for my personal enjoyment since then i have upgraded everything around them (cpu ram gpu hdd sdd) i do gaming on one and video edit on the other both are runing overclocked cpu (athloon x4 645 @3,7ghz and fx 8320 @ 4,5ghz ) both are aircooled

Cons: does not take sli

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  • kimberly e.
  • 3/30/2015 9:37:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: none

Cons: Worked for 1 day. Shut it off overnight,that was it. no power no start nothing the next day. My first and last Gigabyte product. That is 5 hours of work that I will never get back.

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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 120824 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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  • Luke W.
  • 3/30/2015 7:15:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMotherboard did not function properly out of box

Pros: Pretty motherboard, good specs

Cons: This motherboard did not function properly when I took it out of the box.

There are no lights on the motherboard to indicate power or status of RAM, Boot drives, or CPU.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this motherboard for a PC upgrade, but it came before my Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 graphics card did. While I waited for its arrival, I installed a quad-core AMD 4100 cpu with 8gigs of RAM. Once the graphics card arrived, I installed it and powered up, all of the fans spooled, but it would not boot up. I swapped to my old 1GB GDDR3 graphics card, but still would not boot. I installed another CPU, but would not boot. I am now waiting for my RMA. I must say, I', disappointed with Gigabyte. I expected a good-quality motherboard that supports a wide range of CPUs, but it would not work out of the box.

I hope that this next board functions properly, and will rate it well if it does. I realize that this happens with mass-produced things, but normally these kind of things have to be tested before they're pushed into market. If this replacement does not work, I will just spend more money and purchase an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 2.0

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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 120823 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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  • Benjamin R.
  • 3/21/2015 6:09:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMotherboard

Pros: none board was doa

Cons: motherboard was doa

Other Thoughts: will not buy gigabyte again

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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 120538 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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  • James C.
  • 3/13/2015 7:26:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot what I hoped for.

Pros: USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/Sec compatible. Works well for the average computer or multimedia computer. Very stable as long as you don't try to overclock.

Cons: Don't try to overclock, it will lose all stability under load. The VRMs (voltage regulation modules) on this motherboard cannot handle overclocking much at all. Also, if your case has a drive bay made to allow space for large graphics cards, the main PCI-Express 2.0 slot on this board is moved over one slot farther from the CPU. That won't affect most people, but it did me. I have to remove my graphics card, to swivel up my drive tray.

Other Thoughts: I initially gave this thing 5 eggs. Using it under normal circumstances it works quite well and is very stable. However, I realized shortly after my initial review, that it is not stable at all under load, when you overclock even a little bit. If you like to get a little more out of your FX 6300 or FX 8320/8350, save yourself a lot of headache, go with a 990 chipset and stay away from this one.

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  • Donald H.
  • 3/7/2015 5:22:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY - WILL FRY YOUR CPU

Pros: NONE - HAS A NICE BOX

Cons: WILL FRY YOUR CPU!!! I bought new MB to upgrade to USB 3 ports - I had a AMD Phenon II CPU. First boot my CPU got HOT HOT HOT. (Yes I used thermal paste) I thought maybe my cpu is bad. I ordered a AMD 6 core 6300 CPU from A Store. First boot fried the cpu. I RMA'd the motherboard and got a new CPU from A Store. CPU came first and I thought I'd try it - Fried it. I RMAd the CPU again and FINALLY after 3 weeks my replacement motherboard arrived. New motherboard and new cpu. Worked good. Powered off and unplugged PC. Came back 2 weeks later and booted it up and what do you know - Fried CPU. I do not overclock- I'm not a gamer. Just use for MS word and MS excel, etc. This MB is JUNK. Now I'm fighting to try to get a replacement- Customer service is like "Are you sure your pc is plugged up and the power switch is on " Useless

Other Thoughts: PIECE OF JUNK

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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 120038 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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  • James C.
  • 2/20/2015 7:06:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board!

Pros: Solid construction, excellent spacing around CPU socket for large cooler. BIOS is very easy to figure out for overclocking. Paired very well with my AMD-FX 8320 8-core.

Cons: A con for me but might not affect everyone. The main PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot for GPU card is moved over 1 slot away from the CPU. This makes it so I have to remove my GPU card to swivel my drive bay up. (nMedia 6000B case).

Other Thoughts: This thing is made for overclocking. Pair with AMD-FX 6 or 8 core unlocked CPUs you can get a lot out of them. Was able to overclock my Corsair DDR3 1866 RAM to 2133 at just 1.55 volts. The UEFI-BIOS means if you screw up your settings, it gives you a chance to change them without resetting CMOS.

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