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MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 800 / 1066 / 1333 / 1600 / 1866 / 2133* (OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Keith J.
  • 7/27/2014 1:28:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsIt's okay until it dies.

Pros: Works okay while it is working.

Cons: Doesn't keep overclock settings - Automatically under-clocked my RAM and continually reset my RAM back to 1333mhz no matter how many times I changed it. Had an issue where it would start but not boot, which became more persistent until the board eventually died.

Other Thoughts: I used this board relatively lightly for about a year. Eventually it had an issue where it would start, but it wouldn't boot. I thought maybe some RAM got loose, so I reseated the RAM and it worked. However, after I turned the computer off and on again it quit working. The only way I could get the computer to turn on was to take out a piece of hardware and turn it on again. I tried to update the BIOS to fix the problem, but instead it caused the computer to stop booting all together.

My bottom of the line ASUS board that came with my original build of this computer lasted me longer.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Isaac W.
  • 9/19/2013 9:48:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: This board has lasted for almost 3 years and has worked perfectly the whole time. Easy bios, easy set up and ran my original set up perfectly. Only reason I am upgrading is because it does not support the FX-8350

Would highly recommend

Cons: None

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  • Mark B.
  • 4/8/2012 9:26:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFinally found a CON

Pros: Everything it comes with.

Cons: With my other reviews praising this motherboard I ran across a negative. When I change the multiplier from its default (my 840T CPU = 14.5) then the CPU idle speed throttling down to 4x is disabled. OK that's, not the motherboards fault, it's how AMD handles Cool-N-Quiet. Where the MSI fault is that when I set the multiple back to AUTO or its default of 14.5 and boot Win7 the CPU still stayed at maximum speed all the time. I have to go back into the BIOS, press F6 to load the optimized defaults, and then go back and set my OC settings again to get my AM3 840T CPU to idle down to the 4x multiplier and reduce it's voltage to save power. Remember to do a BIOS reset after experimenting with a lower multiplier on locked AMD CPUs to get normal CNQ functioning again. Some one with a BE processor will need to see if a higher than default multiplier causes the same CNQ issue.

Other Thoughts: The CNQ issue is annoying but not an egg reduction negative as this problem only results from my experimenting with different multipliers. When I finished testing I did a BIOS reset, adjusted timings back to my OC of 3.5 GHz for 24/7 operation, rebooted Win7, and CPUz shows a nomal 4x multiplier and 968 MHz (242 x 4) idle speed and 3509 MHz (242 x 14.5) full speed so all is perfect.

At 3509 Mhz CPUz shows a max of 1.456v under LinX load testing which I'm happy with for 24/7 operation. I'm very happy that this motherboard auto raises the voltage under load so that at idle I'm at the stock 1.375v (CPUz shows 1.374v). Hmmm ... should the idle voltage be much lower to save power?

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  • Mark B.
  • 4/8/2012 8:18:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsMore test results

Pros: Everything it comes with (see other reviews)

This motherboard has an auto cpu voltage adjustment (VDroop) that really works when you overclock your Phenom II cpu (and probably all others)

Cons: Still none so far.

Other Thoughts: AM3 840T CPU OC'd (stock=2.9 GHz)
G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 9-9-9-24-2T (2 x 2GB memory)
Windows 7 Pro x64 : CPUz 1.6 x64 : LinX 0.6.4

mult. CPU FSB CPU speed  NB  Memory (Auto timing)       LinX results
------ --------- ---------- ------- -------- --------------  ------------
14.5    256         3711.98    2560.1  682.7 :8-8-8-24-32-1T 37.8 GFlops

CPUz shows 1.48 to 1.5 volts on the CPU during the LinX load tests. This auto voltage increase is why this motherboard doesn't crash and LinX doesn't fail. Fantastic! Idling at stock 1.375 volts. I won't run 24/7 with this speed but it works.

I see I made a mistake on the other review. I am showing the NorthBridge frequency of the cpu and not the HT (HyperTransport). You always want to keep the HT close to 2000 MHz (AM3) for reliability although this motherboard ran perfectly (albeit for only an hour while testing) at 2178 MHz HT speed. I've had other motherboards (Asrock, Gigabyte, ASUS) freeze if the HT went much over 2000.

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  • Mark B.
  • 4/8/2012 6:21:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: USB 3.0, AM3+, super high quality Japanese capacitors, VRM heatsink, 2 PCIe 16x slots. MSI chooses to screw the heatsink down on the NB, SB, and VRM instead of the spring pins that many inferior (read cheaper quality) motherboards have. This is the ideal way to ensure the best cooling and so far MSI has not disappointed. I have used their 785G, 880G, and now this 970A models and all are working great.
I always pick MSI motherboards that have VRM heatsinks and that means a higher quality design so maybe that is why I don't have problems. More likely is that MSI IMO produces a better quality product.

Cons: none so far. I'm not using an FX CPU so I can't comment on the functionality of this motherboard with a bulldozer CPU.

The UEFI BIOS took a while to get used to it and it's ok but not great.


Newegg did not post my first review so I have to do it again (what's that all about?).

Other Thoughts: My system specs:

AM3 840T Phenom II x4 cpu OC'd to 3.5 GHz
4 gigs. of G.Skill 9-9-9-24-2T memory
WD 640 GB SATA hard drive black edition
Radeon HD5770 PCIe video
Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 cpu cooler
Rosewill Challenger case (3 120mm case fans)

I hate people who run into problems because of their lack of tech knowledge and then post 1 egg just because they are ignorant. Of course once in a while you get a bad board but either I have been lucky or more likely it's because I have been a tech for over 25 years and know what to look for and the 970A-G45 hits the bulls eye with a great price/value product.

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  • Joshua P.
  • 4/7/2012 11:58:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNo reliabality

Pros: EUFI is nice, can unlock cores

Cons: Lasted on 4 months, bought this 12/22/11 and it dies 4/6/12, terrible product. Should have listened to the horrible reviews

Other Thoughts: Thought MSI was a good company, seriously reconsidering this

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,
“Please contact MSI customer service representative Jane at janegao@msi.com, or call Jane at 626-913-0828 ext 221 with your case details. Thank you.”
Best Regards,
Customer Service Team

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  • Mark B.
  • 4/5/2012 12:29:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsResponce to "scrap it now..."

Pros: See my previous full review. This is in responce to the "scrap it now..." post on 2/25/12.

*** IMPORTANT ***
Always use good quality memory for best results and stability.
Always ditch the cheap AMD heat sink for a good heatpipe cpu cooler.
I have had no BSOD or lockups on any of my timing experiments. Even pushing my ram past the 1600 DDR3 rating (818) this motherboard still auto set memory to 1T and all stress testing with LinX, CPU Burn Test V2, and Super Pi passed.

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard is remarkably good at different settings. I took my Phenom II 840T and OC'd it with these results:

G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 9-9-9-24-2T (2 x 2GB memory)
Windows 7 Pro x64 : CPUz 1.6 x64 : LinX 0.6.4

mult. CPU FSB CPU speed HT Memory (Auto timing) LinX results
------ --------- ---------- ------- -------- -------------- ------------
14.5 241.35 3499.5 1930.7 804.5 :9-10-10-29-38-1T 35.4 GFlops
14.0 250.35 3505 2253 667.6 : 8-8-8-24-31-1T 36.1 GFlops
13.5 259.35 3501.2 2593.5 691.6 : 8-8-8-25-35-1T 35.3 GFlops

Remember its DDR so CPUz wil show the real ram clock speed. My board is clocked slightly below 200 MHz base speed. For example a 251 BIOS cpu base clock X 14 = 3505 MHz real speed. This motherboard is producing remarkably consistant results with my AMD 840T at around 3.5 GHz and it's 100% stable with a Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 cooler in a Rosewill Challenger case.

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  • Adam H.
  • 3/31/2012 7:49:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Cool

Pros: Lots of room for expansion, plenty of options. Solid board that works great.

Cons: None.

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  • Jordan H.
  • 3/10/2012 7:01:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MainBoard

Pros: Runs like a dream. Fast bios. Didn't need to flash new ones for the new fx processor.

Cons: I can't quite figure out how to get the OC genie working.

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  • Randy W.
  • 3/10/2012 6:46:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good Motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard for now and in the future upgrading.

Cons: Not a deal killer, but No IDE connection. Make sure your DVD/CDROM drive is sata. I should have read the specs more carefully.

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