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MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

  • NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1800/2133 (OC)
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Get excellent graphics and computing performance with MSI's NF980-G65 motherboard. Based on NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI chipset, this ATX form-factor board is designed to support the latest AM3 Phenom II, Athlon II and Sempron 100 Series processors.

Dominate your applications and games with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory fitting into four 240-pin slots with dual channel support and 2600 MHz Hyper Transport technology for increased performance. Onboard Gigabit Ethernet LAN means that you can connect to other networked devices without running into a bottleneck.

The integrated NVIDIA GeForce 8 series chipset can be augmented with three PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics cards to achieve SLI-linked performance at a fraction of the price. Video can be output through the DVI, D-Sub or HDMI ports and accompanied by eight channels of sound from the Realtek ALC889 audio chipset. Six 3Gb/s SATA connectors give you the ability to store massive amounts of data locally with several RAID configurations possible for extra security and high-speed performance. Four USB 2.0 ports give you additional options in connecting and expanding your system.

  • newegg AMD AM3 Processor Support Based on the NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI chipset, the MSI NF980-G65 AMD motherboard supports AMD’s latest generation Phenom II processors, as well as Athlon II and Sempron 100 series processors in AM3 socket, providing unprecedented computing power to match the performance levels you are looking for.
  • newegg Scalable DDR3 Memory Four 240-pin DIMM sockets support up to 16GB of unbuffered (UDIMM) DDR3 memory at speeds of up to 2133MHz, ensuring ample capacity for any application.
  • newegg NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Technology Based on NVIDIA's industry-leading SLI technology, Hybrid SLI technology enables a motherboard GPU and a discrete GPU to work together to deliver multi-GPU benefits. It provides boosted graphics processing ability through GeForce Boost and improved energy efficiency though HybridPower.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The MSI NF980-G65 AMD motherboard features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mbps data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.
  • newegg SATA II with RAID Support The second generation SATA interface delivers up to 300MB/sec transfer speed, doubling that of the first generation Serial ATA. The on-board six SATA II ports support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and 5 for better performance, enhanced data security, and flexible capacity upgrades.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jason M.
  • 4/15/2014 3:25:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDON'T BUY FROM MSI

Pros: It worked until I followed MSI's instructions on updating the BIOS and then it was bricked (meaning that it cannot be fixed and I should toss it in the trash).

Cons: I properly downloaded the BIOS update (v1.4) from MSI's website, copied it to a USB flash drive and booted into the BIOS. Next I use the built in BIOS update feature in the BIOS itself and PROPERLY flashed the v1.4 update. Blank screen upon boot. The motherboard is bricked.

I called MSI, they basically told me since the motherboard is out of warranty that it is too time consuming for them to fix and I can't even pay them to fix it. Yea. There are quite a few other people on the internet that have bricked their MSI motherboards by updating their BIOS. Remember, I used a FEATURE IN THE BIOS TO UPDATE THE BIOS.

When I purchased this motherboard it was $250. Top of the line.

I will NEVER buy ANYTHING from MSI again.

Other Thoughts: I installed a new video card, updated ALL of the Windows 7 64bit drivers and the machine still kept blue screening so I decided to update the BIOS as a last resort.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
BIOS update can be risky therefore this procedure should be used when the system is stable but not having any issues including BSOD.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Bryce F.
  • 12/24/2013 11:09:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Used this board for years because at the same time it was the only sli board for amd for some reason

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Never got to use sli and still have yet to get an sli setup but one day

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  • Andrew B.
  • 2/1/2013 8:51:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStill going strong 2 years later.

Pros: -Hasn't crapped out after 2 years.
-SLI for Nvidia cards is exactly what I wanted.

Cons: -Had to buy a cheap processor so I could update the BIOS to accept my 6-Core.
-No USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: Seriously happy I got this board when I could. It was a great buy, and my computer has been chugging along with it for awhile now.

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  • Jerry F.
  • 12/11/2012 4:49:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board

Pros: Had this board for over 2 years now, and loved it. Overclock very well. I had the Phenom II X4 945 w/ locked multiplier and was able to OC to 3.6GHz(Air) using EZ switch. Now I have the PHII X4 974BE and it's amazing, now I'm clock @ 4.1GHz (H60 cooler). Last upgrade was a month ago, got 2 Corsair SSD in RAID 0 and all I can say is WoW, what an improvement. The board come with 6 SATA II ports but only 4 ports are active when it's on IDE mode. In order to get all 6 ports to work, you have to go into BIOS and enable RAID or AHCI Mode. All I gotta say is I love this board and I have no complaint what so ever.

Cons: I wish it had SATA III and USB 3.0 and a BIOS reset button. Seem Like AMD is always a year behind Intel. :(

Other Thoughts: Layout is not that bad. I like it, able to fit 3 huge, powerful Video card and leaving you 1 PCIe-1x

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  • Marek S.
  • 11/27/2012 11:43:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card.

Pros: Card has run well for the entire time I have owned it. Has an easy overclock switch on the board which works great and speeds up your computer a good amount. Everyone complains about MSI, but for the money, it works fantastically. I ran three MSI cards in tri-SLI and games worked flawlessly as well.

Cons: None.

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  • Carlos D.
  • 8/2/2012 6:35:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI NF980-G65 AM3

Pros: I bought this board when it came out i am very happy with this board i do a lot of gaming and i can tell you this board is solid .No problems with this mobo i updated the bios using my thumb drive no issues .I have 8 gigs of ram quad core CPU and 2 Nvidia 250 video cards in sli.

Cons: it did not bring a bridge for tri sli

Other Thoughts: It would of bin good if it would of brought the bridge for the installation of 3 video cards.Why mobo company's fail to always do that.and its not easy to get one .And always New Egg rocks

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  • Charlie B.
  • 7/17/2012 10:48:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Great

Pros: 6 Core support.
Dualx16 SLI
I bought this 17 months ago and it still works great. I used MFlash in the bios to update bios, had ZERO problem doing so. Didn't require a different cpu in the socket to flash, flashed with my x6 1090T installed. You have to "Load Optimized Defaults" after flashing bios, I think many are forgetting to do this and then yes it does not work. after you load the defaults you can tweak to your needs.

Cons: Not SataIII, which I knew at the time and didn't need so no egg loss.
Not USB3, same thing as above.

Other Thoughts: You have to "Load Optimized Defaults" after flashing bios. I think many are forgetting to do this and then yes it does not work. after you load the defaults you can tweak to your needs.

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  • randy r.
  • 5/2/2012 4:01:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsstay away from mis

Pros: befor attempting to update bios due to lack of support for all 6 sata ports was a good board.

Cons: only 4 of the 6 sata ports worked. flash utility for bios killed board and msi wount do anything about it. almost lack of support from msi for anything.

Other Thoughts: this will be the last thing i ever buy from msi. even if i have to spend more to get less msi support is a joke at best.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular MB. Please email me directly via USUserSupport@msi.com or call us at 1-626-271-1004 Press 1 your MB's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "MSINF980-G65". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Tim A.
  • 4/22/2012 7:46:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHate it

Pros: It does work for people that don't need a 6 core or want to do something like overclocking...or play games.

Cons: 1. It claims to accept 6 core processors, but you have to do a BIOS update first.
a. The BIOS update isn't recommended by the manufacture!!! You will be on your own if it goes to hell. That's right. To get the specs it claims, you have to give up your warranty.
b. Doing the BIOS update by MSI instructions WILL NOT WORK. It is a PAIN IN THE REAR to update the BIOS. Google for instructions. Don't use the obvious update BIOS from USB option in BIOS. It WILL make your motherboard fail to post and you won't be able to flash it (and it makes a bad paper weight)
- Making minor changes in BIOS causes the mobo to fail to post. For example, shutting off AMD cool and quiet. That's it. If I shut it off, I have to flash this mobo to get it to post.
- "Auto" settings in BIOS don't work in several parts.

Other Thoughts: I've had this motherboard for over a year. It's a piece of junk.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular MB. Please email me directly via USUserSupport@msi.com or call us at 1-626-271-1004 Press 1 your MB's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "MSINF980-G65". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Tamara B.
  • 3/25/2012 1:17:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: It works, looks awesome, bios is easy except for advanced mem timings, never heard of swizzle mode.

Cons: None yet...

Other Thoughts: I just wish mobo and memory manufacturers would shed a little more light on mem timings. I guess it's more the memory but all them settings in the bios under advanced sub categories takes a long time to figure out. I don't like leaving anything on auto unless it's the only way. 7-7-7-20 @ 1.65v just isn't enough info. Great Motherboard though, seems to be alot like my 780a sli diamond. I don't like cr*ssfire but I think the new amd chipset boards can do cr*ssfire or sli. I'll have to read more about it.

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