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GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P 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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  • Alex C.
  • 1/19/2015 11:43:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMoney well spent

Pros: Plenty of room between RAM, CPU, and heatsinks so it was easy to install. Overclocked the FX-8320 to a modest 4GHz without any issues. And the black board looks pretty good in the case.

Cons: This is exactly what I expected for the money. Gigabyte gets it done.

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  • Forest G.
  • 1/18/2015 8:32:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood cheap board, overclockable!

Pros: Cool, low voltage overclock on an FX-6300 to 4.5 GHz. Has all the features I was looking for.

Cons: Doesn't have features I wasn't going to use anyway?

Crossfire/SLI, Thunderbolt, DDR4...

Other Thoughts: This board does have its quirks, I'll admit, but it's nonetheless a very decent performer for the price.

Easy to overclock, especially coming from C2Q on a P45 board. There seems to be a lot of fuss over 4+1 vs. 8+2 phase power, but with liquid cooling and a fan pointed toward the VRMs, it's had perfectly acceptable temps even taking it up to 4.8 GHz. Feels like I might even be able to hit 5 GHz if I cared about that sort of thing. 4.5 on the 6300 seems a great balance of extra performance without voltage levels that will make the chip last less than 10 years.

Overall, I'm quite pleased I didn't spend more on stuff I don't need in a board.

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  • JD S.
  • 1/13/2015 10:41:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good For The Money...But

Pros: Affordable Gigabyte quality board. It isn't a perfect board, but for the price (sub $60), it's hard t go wrong. It would be a solid 5 eggs if not for a few quirks below. If you are building on a budget, this is a great investment

It supports plenty of ram, is well built and solid, which has been a Gigabyte trademark over the years and exactly why they were the FIRST manufacturer I looked at. In this price range, you will be hard pressed to find a better performing value.

Has USB 3.0 on board ports and support for case ports that work as they should. No issues with the plug, just plug n play simplicity. Best bang for your buck.

Cons: Quirks...Where to begin. How about the beginning. Holes. There is a hole that doesn't line up with anything in a case...Which happens to be near the main power socket on the board...So when plugging that in, it causes quite a bit of excessive flex and you have to be careful. That is not a great design.

Next up, the screw hole location right next to the RAM sockets. VERY BAD DESIGN! that one was a real PITA to install that screw. I used a long phillips screwdriver that was magnetized and stuck the screw on the tip at an angle to get it in the hole, then it took some work to screw it down. Just not good. If they had spared an extra 1/8" or so, it wouldn't be any problem...They didn't.

Last but not least, initially, on restarts, the board would completely cycle off the power to the whole system, then re-power up. It was really weird as I have never had that sort of issue before. It did it for a while, but has simply stopped. Really weird.

Other Thoughts: While not being sever issues, those above really make the board awkward to work with and somewhat frustrating. Luckily, they aren't serious and I only dinged it 1 egg for that. It is a great budget board and works well so far.

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  • joel w.
  • 1/10/2015 1:37:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInitial review - Great so far

Pros: Nothing spectacular about the board. Construction seems good. Has spring-loaded tabs that hold the heat sinks on the North and South bridges, so it may give the appearance that the heat sinks are loose, but actually they are fine. I read some reviews where folk say that the N-S heat sinks get so hot they will burn your finger but I just checked mine (system has been on for 3 straight hours) and I could hold my finger on both of them, no problem. They were barely warm.

The BIOS seems OK. One thing to be aware of is that when you are adjusting values for overclocking, you have to select the parameter you want to adjust, then use the plus and minus keys to adjust the values. For Memory Frequency, for instance, you select Memory Frequency with your mouse, then use the plus key to increase the frequency from Auto, to say 1866, and the minus key to decrease if say you go too high by accident. I read where some folk said that you cannot overclock on this board. I believe the reason some may think that is that you can't click on "Auto" to go to another screen to select values, or activate a drop-down of values, (like most BIOS's do) but rather you have to just use the plus and minus keys. When I installed my RAM it defaulted to 1600, and using the plus key I raised it to 1866. No sweat. Same thing for my FX-8320. It defaulted to 3.5ghz and I raised it using the same method to 4.2ghz, I could have went higher but didn't want to deal with messing around with possible instability issues at the moment, so I just left it there.

Some also said that the Hyper 212 cpu coolers get in the way of the first RAM bank. That's not true. The first RAM bank is totally out of the way of the heat sink. I installed my 212 first, then installed the RAM in the first and third banks, no problem, so I'm not sure why they were having issues with that.

Other than that there's really nothing else to say about it, Pro-wise. It's a board and seems to work well. Just be sure to wear a anti-static strap so you don't fry anything during installation.

Cons: The only con I see with the board is that there is only one 4-pin connector on the board for system fans. The other two are 3-pin so any fan connected to those will run at full blast constantly. I plan on getting two more fans that have a Low-Medium-High switch on them so I can just control the speed manually. No biggie.

Other Thoughts: The price is right, (70 bucks). I just built my new system, so if the board explodes in a month or so, or other issues rear their ugly heads, I'll write another review.

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  • victor s.
  • 1/4/2015 7:27:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P

Pros: Cheap for 970 motherboard ....

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: paired with fx 6300 and r9 280x for a budget gaming computer its working perfect after flashing the new bios

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2014 2:46:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte Mother's

Pros: The motherboard looks solid and has a very high quality feel. It has dual UEFI bios, and surge protection as well. The motherboard runs cool and fast, making it the perfect AMD motherboard for under $100.

Cons: My only gripe with the motherboard is it registers my RAM at a much lower frequency that it is set at. The ram registers at 1MHz instead of 1300MHz.

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  • German T.
  • 12/25/2014 11:49:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbetter than foxconn

Pros: no problem with this board
support my cpu,memory,
better than my old foxconn

Cons: need to install first memory if u have hyper 212 plus heatsink
or similar.
memory banks to close.

Other Thoughts: have not yet overclock it

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  • Craig T.
  • 12/17/2014 1:25:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood medium game board

Pros: I bought this because I wanted the SATA 6Gb and a USB3.0 internal connector (not just on the back outputs). The option to do Crossfire/SLi is also a plus.
So far, no issues handling an HIS IceQ X² Turbo Boost Clock H270XQMT2G2 Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX 8gb ram and a AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor.
Overclocking is simple and layout of the board is well designed. Excellent board.

Cons: Unless you are going for a ridiculously fast gamer build or need to have a PCi-e 3.0 slot ... no cons!

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  • Peter D.
  • 12/15/2014 1:08:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBest budget Board and Bios on the market!

Pros: Excellent value for money, well constructed and made from premium chips. Labeled very well and board heat sinks are sturdy and do a great job of cooling. Looks great in the case back plates are perfect for even heavy CPU coolers, Power, SATA and switch/LED/FAN plugins are positioned well for hidden cable constructions, Its GIGABYTE and they Rock period. My favorite Pro with this series is the BIOS. Beautiful layout and feature rich.

Cons: My only Con and not even worth removing a star for is that I wish the power, LED, HDD LED,RSET connectors on the board were colored like I am used to with Gigabyte boards. Had to read them this time instead of simple color recognition.

Other Thoughts: I notice lots of people seem to have had issues.. I can assure you that volume of DOA is just not realistic from this company, and I feel its user error and folks not following correct static procedures and such that have resulted in issues. I have used Gigabyte my whole life and never had an issue with one board and I build hundreds of machines a year. I want to take the opportunity to thank Gigabyte VIP too It appears they are your best bet if you don't know what you are doing.. As they are responsive and give everyone the benefit, even when they probably broke it.. Thats scores major kudos from me anyway. I am always fixing peoples errors so I know first hand the true % of user error.

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  • David V.
  • 12/2/2014 9:41:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWorked, for a few minutes

Pros: Looks nice when I took it out of the box.

Cons: It seemed to be working fine until I started gaming or watching a youtube video. The computer would just crash. At first I thought it was my PSU, but I was using an EVGA 600 + 80 from my previous build so I ruled that out. Next I assumed it was my GPU, but that was from my old build as well. I checked all temps, CPU idles at 15-20, and GPU idles at 22-26. Tested my RAM and they all worked. Tried my old Phenom 555 and it crashed on that as well. My last guess was my board. Borrowed a friend's MSI 970 board and I have not encountered any of the issues yet. I was weary to buy Gigabyte as I have been a fan of Asus and MSI for a while. I think this is my last purchase of Gigabyte.

Other Thoughts: Next time, I'll read the reviews regardless of it this is on sale or not.

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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 116593 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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