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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P 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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GA-970A-UD3P

  • Supports AMD AM3+ FX / AM3 series Processors
  • GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ Technology
  • GIGABYTE Digital Power Engine
  • 8+2 phase CPU VRM power design for AMD high-TDP CPU support
  • Audio Noise Guard with High Quality Audio Capacitors
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
  • 2-way CrossFire™ Support
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports with transfer rates of up to 5Gbps
  • GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ for USB devices
 
 
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High Quality Audio Capacitors

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ motherboards use high quality Nippon Chemicon ARE series audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for user experience.

 
 
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Dedicated Audio Hardware Zone

  • Separation on the PCB layer protects the board's sensitive analog audio components.
  • Separate analog and digital ground to protect against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).
 
 
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GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ debuts on GIGABYTE motherboards, with a range of features and component choices that provide record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.

 
 
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IR® Digital CPU Power Design

GIGABYTE motherboards use industry-leading PWM controllers and PowIRstage™ ICs and from International Rectifier®. These components are 100% digital, offering incredible precision in delivering power to your AMD processor. Designed from the ground up to complement each other, these industry-leading PWM controllers and PowIRstage™ ICs from IR® are optimized for cool and efficient operation, allowing users to get the absolute maximum performance from their next PC build.

 
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Ultra Safe

GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a 'Main BIOS' and a 'Backup BIOS', making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.

 
 
 
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Humidity Protection

Humidity can play havoc on a motherboard's circuitry.GIGABYTE's new Glass Fabric PCB design helps protect against electrical shorts due to humidity by reducing the gaps in spacing between PCB filaments.

 
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Power Failure Protection

GIGABYTE also uses Anti-Surge ICs to protect the motherboard against power surges.

 
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Electrostatic Protection

GIGABYTE motherboards feature High Resistance ICs which help protect the motherboard against electrostatic discharge.

 
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High Temperature Protection

GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures.

 
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2x Copper PCB Design(2 oz Copper PCB)

GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

 
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Multi-display support with AMD CrossFire

Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for 2 way AMD CrossFire™ (running at x16, x4 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

 
 
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GIGABYTE 900 Series Motherboards

The GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE Ultra Durble™ 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 provide native 6 ports of next generation high speed data storage devices support with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps. 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.

 
 
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On/Off Charge Technology

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger.

 
 
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ErP Lot 6 support

The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union's environmental regulations policy. It is based on concern for the environmental as the proliferation of electronic devices continues, and how to improve energy efficiency for a better and greener life. GIGABYTE supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system efficiency.

 

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Chris T.
  • 9/1/2015 7:37:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFirst time choosing Gigabyte, no mi gusta.

Pros: Great features, not a bad price.
Besides the random USB port and driver issues, everything else works fine.

Cons: Have lots of issues with the USB ports. The 3.0 ports work sporadically. Sometimes they work, other times they don't... I've even tried a separate 3.5 inch USB 3.0 bay to see if it was just the cables I was using from the Case or the Motherboard. Had the same problem, so definitely the motherboard's issue.

I've also noticed some of the ports on the back will also stop working randomly, but not quite as sporadic as the USB 3.0 ports.

Some of the AMD drivers for the chipset are awful. The catalyst chipset installs some USB filter software which totally breaks the USB 3.0 ports to the point where the OS can't recognize them anymore. Possibly the USB 3.0 drivers may be bad as well, considering all the issues I'm having with them.

Other Thoughts: After googling this motherboard I found many forums with people complaining of the same USB issues and also after reading some reviews on Newegg you'll find the same as well.

Not sure how I'm going to tell my client that their brand new PC has USB port wonkiness....

I feel at a loss here, last time I tried to RMA a motherboard to Newegg they made some excuse to not refund me whatsoever... I argued and only made out with a $20 gift card... estimated ~$80 loss... :(

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  • Philip D.
  • 8/30/2015 7:13:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStopped working...

Pros: It was very good when it worked.

Cons: Stopped working...wouldn't do anything.

I sent it in to Gigabyte assuming they would repair it or send a replacement. They sent it back about three weeks later, without any explanation of the problem.

I assumed it was fixed, but after reinstalling the machine again it powers the fans, but won't boot up.

Now I am stuck with a dead mother board. I've been without a computer for a month. Thanks Gigabyte. Or is Gigabad?

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this motherboard!

Can have my money back?

Shopping for a new motherboard. Any suggestions?

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 126433 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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  • Roy O.
  • 8/25/2015 4:15:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Good solid board with good specs

Has mounting holes that are missing on some comparable boards e.g. MSI 970. It mounts rock solid with no flex.

Good layout for easy connections.

Good detailed manual

Cons: One tiny con. It needs one or two more fan connectors. You can never have enough.

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  • Candor C.
  • 8/22/2015 9:11:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsProblematic

Pros: Nothing really comes to mind. It's a basic low cost board. Has a few more USB2 headers and a Serial header (bracket not incl).

Cons: Constant problem of freezing up and hard rebooting. Isolated to the NIC as the conflict. Fails under Win7 and Win8 when the NIC is enabled and put to use. Disabled the NIC and the board works fine and passes hardware testing.
The BIOS is reporting the RAM in different numbered slots. Physically installed in 1 and 3 while the BIOS reports 2 and 4. Memory location is very close to the heat sink mount, non stock cooling may have issues.
The chipset heat sink is not very secure meaning it can slide around with no effort. It gets a little hot to the touch but nothing excessive. Was tempted to see if there was any paste used but didn't want to void my chance to RMA this board.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte support *sigh* they have not replied to my support ticket - been 2 days. Closing that ticket as this board is boxed up awaiting return. Not choosing this same board for a replacement, selecting one of better quality. With similar postings of random reboots and freezing up, there are some unsolved issues with these boards / firmware. Rev 2.0 board with FB Bios version. Shipped with FA.

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 126183 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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  • William A.
  • 8/22/2015 6:54:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic MB

Pros: Fast motherboard, beautiful bios platform! Lots of options. Probably can OC but I'm not a speed head so running almost stock

Cons: No CONS except the Installation CD is corrupt. While it looks fine it can't be read. This stinks because I can't get all the MB goodies usually on these.

Other Thoughts: Buy it!!! But hope for a good driver CD.

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  • Joseph P.
  • 8/22/2015 7:13:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMajor Stability Issues While Gaming

Pros: Easy to work with on install. Great performance when stable.

Cons: While playing games, the video sometimes becomes corrupted. I eventually wind up in a situation where it is completely unresponsive and I have to perform a hard reset.

Strange issues with USB ports also. I sometimes need to pull the usb mouse & keyboard out & plug them back in for them to work.

Other Thoughts: First bad experience with a Gigabyte motherboard. I used this motherboard with an AMD FX-8350 system and an ASUS R9 270X. The system was excellent for the first 8 months or so.

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 126179 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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  • Brian B.
  • 8/21/2015 8:24:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: I have 0 problems with this Board. I game regularly. stream video, multitask I have used this board relentlessly and it has not failed me.

Cons: none

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  • james c.
  • 8/17/2015 7:50:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLightning Shipping

Pros: Wow - less than 24 hrs to receive this. Amazing

Cons: none

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  • simon w.
  • 8/16/2015 4:27:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGet what you pay for

Pros: -nice IO panel
-bios works well
-looks nice

Cons: -not enough fan plugs
-broke after a week (thank goodness for returns)
-you can not use all ram modules if you using an aftermarket cooler like the cosair hyper 212 evo
-not enough fan plugs (only four)
-"ultra durable"

Other Thoughts: spends an extra 20 dollars or so on a nicer mother board, it is worth it.

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  • Daniel C.
  • 8/7/2015 4:08:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsTotally bizarre random freezes and crashes

Pros: Solid specs, reasonable price

Cons: Freezes randomly, over and over and over. Never seen anything quite like it. It will run ok for 2 minutes, then simply hang. I've tried installing windows 7, 8 and Linux Mint, and regardless, it hangs. I've tried several CPUs, power supplies, and RAM. It even passes Memtest for 12 hours. But once an OS is loaded, BAM! Tried BIOS update, and just about everything else.

Other Thoughts: Probably my 50th Gigabyte mobo over the years, never had so much trouble. Seems to be a pattern with this particular model. Too bad, as it looks pretty solid, but is hugely unreliable. Will RMA and hopefully it will improve. I have the UD3 version of the 970 and its been fantastic!

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 125644 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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