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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Christopher R.
  • 8/28/2014 3:26:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best match for my fx-6300

Pros: Easy to install cooler, ram and plugs.

Sleeps fans and GPU fans.

Easily runs 1866MHz ram.

More USB than you will ever need.

2x USB 3.0 and plug for front ports.

Easy to use BIOS

Good customer service by phone.

Cons: I am not sure if it is the motherboard, but like others I have had issues with my system going into states of sleep where I can't wake it or it is awake but I can't get the signal on the tv.

I think this is mostly in part due to settings in windows, and the type of monitor.

If you set your SSD to ever sleep, that will cause this I think.

If your monitor is an HDTV I think it needs to be on when you wake it or power it on.

I still may be experiencing the issue, I haven't had enough time to experiment, but I think it is preventable.

Other Thoughts: I wonder what the protruding pieces of plastic or metal are that say Ultra Durable on them. I can't find that info, but I route my fan cable under one of them and it looks great.

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  • Ryan J.
  • 8/26/2014 3:54:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCombo broken

Pros: Wouldn't know any pros. Got the combo but the case was way too small

Cons: No cons either

Other Thoughts: The combo is cracked, the motherboard alone is far to big for the included case, even w all the cases interior racks taken out

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/26/2014 1:14:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board with some issues

Pros: -Cheap.
-A true 8+2 VRM.
-Can overclock easily (More on that later).
-Doesn't run hot, although the NB does get quite warm.
-Nice UEFI layout and is easy to use.

Cons: -Overvolts the CPU by quite a bit and needs to be fixed.
-When adjusting the core voltage be careful because if you set it to a certain value you cannot change it (some bug I assume?). The only way to reset the voltage is by reflashing the Bios. (This seriously needs to be fixed because it ruins the whole overclocking friendly thing on this board.)

Other Thoughts: If you're on a budget, get this board. Other then the hot northbridge and the strange Core voltage bug, it beats any other 970 board on the market. It's not perfect, but it's really good.

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  • Kelly W.
  • 8/26/2014 9:39:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat choice for an AM3+ based build

Pros: + Good build quality, PCB is thick and solid
+ Adheres to strict ATX spec so the right side of the motherboard is well supported by screws unlike other boards I've seen and used
+ Has plenty of room around the CPU socket for aftermarket heatsink/fans or tall RAM
+ USB 3 header is well placed so the cable doesn't interfere with other cables or components. (Are you paying attention to this Asus?)
+ The USB 3.0 cable locks when connected. It LOCKS! Why has no one else implemented this?
+ Expansion slot configuration optimized for dual GPU installation without blocking access to other slots of any type.
+ VRMs (between CPU socket and I/O blocks) have a heatsink!
+ VIA HDdeck is nice
+ EUFI is improved over older versions and is better than MSI

Cons: - Front panel header block has a spot for a 2-pin and a 3-pin power LED connection. Likely this is to increase compatibility with a wider array of cases. Use one or the other, not both. Could be very confusing for new builders.
- EZtune 6 is only Meh.
- Rear I/O shield is pretty flimsy and silver. When will these commonly come black to match most cases?
- EUFI could still be improved on. It isn't as good as ASUS
- Too much "junk" included in the Xpress Install option on the CD. Google and Norton are heavy in this load. Install drivers via manual selection to avoid the detritus.

Other Thoughts: The AMD 970 chipset is pretty "mature". The board ships with BIOS version F1 which is not just the most recent available, but it's the ONLY one available. All of the drivers and applications on the CD matched the newest versions available on the website.

I'd encourage you to get the latest AMD Catalyst drivers from AMD if you want something newer than Jan 2014.

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  • kris a.
  • 8/24/2014 2:34:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: it runs great using windows 8.1 64 bit! i love how it looks! the location of the connector are fine

Cons: only thing im concern is the north bridge gets really hot!!!!! this was a budget build and im hoping to will last long enough, but the heat coming from the north bridge is concerning me. i might have to modify the heat sink to something bigger with a fan

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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 113228 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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  • Jeffrey H.
  • 8/22/2014 9:07:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 DOA Boards in a Row!

Pros: Looks nice.
Great features for the price.

Cons: Received DOA board. Decided to give the board another chance. Second board was also DOA. Quality control is obviously severely lacking at Gigabyte.

Other Thoughts: I have built dozens of systems and have many working parts lying around. This allowed me to thoroughly test the system and ensure that it really was a issue with the motherboard instead of the countless other possibilities. Very disappointed in Gigabyte as I thoroughly reearched this board before purchasing and this board was exactly what I wanted and needed. Now my search begins 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 113225 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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  • Christopher S.
  • 8/20/2014 12:21:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Easy Install
Great BIOS
Plenty of connections

Cons: Comes with 6 SATA ports, but only 4 SATA cords? Weird.

Other Thoughts: I am a first time PC builder and I chose this board due to price and a great track record. I have not been disappointed thus far.
I did not run into any issues with this board, or any components for that matter, during installation. I am very happy with this MOBO. I built this machine as an upgrade from my old system that will also do some mid-range occasional gaming. For that purpose, it is great.

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  • Cameron A.
  • 8/20/2014 12:16:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlright except for audio

Pros: Works really well overall. Fit perfectly in my case and handles just about anything

Cons: About a month ago I started getting these really really weird audio issues that I could've only assumed came from the on board audio on the motherboard, as I hadn't bothered with a soundcard. Picked up a soundcard and the problem smoothed right out, but still, something to be wary of

Other Thoughts: It's good for the price, but I do kinda wish I'd gotten a little higher quality of a motherboard after these audio issues I got not even a full year after owning it

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  • wesley S.
  • 8/20/2014 11:47:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsstrong mobo

Pros: solid board. looks good. very capable. includes 4 sata cables (saved my build as none of the drives i ordered came with cables)

Cons: none

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  • QUINTON S.
  • 8/11/2014 11:35:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTerrible UEFI / BIOS

Pros: -Works
-A lot of USB ports
-A lot of USB headers
-Good chipset
-Good audio chip
-Nice front-panel I/O headers

Cons: The UEFI interface is terrible. The mouse lags and it is better to use the arrow keys like it's 2005. Very poorly designed and lain out UEFI. It is hard to find what you want to find. It turns on very strangely; it starts the fans and turns them off for about 7 seconds, then turns the computer back on. The SATA ports are perpendicular with the board. There aren't very many fan headers (only 3).

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