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GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 1.0) AM3+ AMD 970 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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  • 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

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 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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  • Hugh F.
  • 2/16/2015 6:35:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA like others

Pros: I like the color scheme

Cons: Doa. Even with everything but the cpu and fan removed it won't boot. Fans spool up, fans spool down, speaker spits occasionally. Tried the paperclip-instead-of-powerbutton trick, no dice. Missing my ASRock LED right now.

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 119248 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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  • Chris L.
  • 2/16/2015 2:46:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFrom Asus to Gigabyte

Pros: This board is well worth the money 900 series chipsets for sata 3 2 x16 PCIE slots for further updates even the color is a good contrast to the red gskill ram I installed. Bios is really user friendly unlike the old days where the bios looked like dos. i know its not the 990 series but im not complaning

Cons: i still gave the board 5 eggs, even with this there is a mount screw above the ram slots rather difficult to get to but its more of a quirk than anything

Other Thoughts: also afew bits of info my board came as a rev 1.0 with the white box not the black as shown. but dont fret the 1.0 still supports the fx series cpu all are shown under the F1 bios revsion. when checking against gigabyte's website there is a rev 1 and 2 for cpu support and ram be sure in choosing the correct one/

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  • Tyler S.
  • 2/13/2015 4:16:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot exactly happy

Pros: Supports quiet a bit for its price
Very cheap
Dark colors

Cons: Its dying

Other Thoughts: everything randomly freezes for 30 - 300 sec, it may or may not recovery and when it doesnt it completely dies. as the weeks go on the crashes become more and more frequent

very disappointed in gigabyte, but you get what you pay for

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  • david g.
  • 2/6/2015 9:04:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 stop working

Pros: Excellent board upgrade from the Gigabyte AM3 870 board.

Cons: Only con I have is that one usb 3.0 port on back will not read thumb drives, it use to then about a month ago it stopped. I plugged in my USB headphones and it worked, not sure why this has happened, but the other 3.0 port works fine. I use the 3.0 Ports for installed games on a flash drive for speed access and game content access during play. I even reinstalled opsys and still wouldn't work with flash drives.

Other Thoughts: The board should come with an internal 20 pin cable to connect to the additional 3.0 on the board for more ports. Now I only have one unless I purchase the cable adapter.

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  • Steven D.
  • 2/3/2015 7:58:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Mainboard

Pros: Everything clearly labelled on the board itself and an easy install. Components are securely attached and releases on the PCI-E and RAM slots are easy to open and close. Great board for the price and supports a lot of RAM and a wide array of CPUs. USB 3.0 is a nice add-in.

Cons: A couple of things to consider when buying and using this board:
1) There is NO on-board graphics/monitor support... not even a VGA plug to attach a monitor to. You'll need to have a reliable video card handy to install this board and run the install disk to update the drivers.
2) The instructions packaged with the board are very basic and not entirely accurate, though it appears that the problems exist in simple translation issues regarding the diagrams. A little common sense goes a long way when you see that the CLR_CMOS and SATA ports are misidentified.

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  • joe g.
  • 1/29/2015 4:17:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: so far so good better then my old asus board

Cons: none

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