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MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866
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USB 3.0

Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gbps offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.

Features

  • 10X Faster Than USB 2.0
  • Up to 5Gbps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices

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SATA 6Gbps

SATA 6Gbps provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gbps, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10,000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It's also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to to break the existing bottleneck of a PC's performance.

Features

  • 2X Faster Than SATA 3Gbps
  • Up to 6Gbps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs

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3TB+ Infinity

3TB+ Infinity is not only breaking through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhancing the utilization of hard drives efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology can use the 3TB hard drive as a boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.

Features

  • All the latest 3TB hard drives on the market can be supported
  • Make the 3TB hard drive as a boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system

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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

Features

  • Automatically Detect the BIOS / Driver / VGA / Utility Update
  • Supports Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 - 32- and 64-bit

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M-Flash

Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage - first, it doesn't need extra components and, second, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have a backup and upgrade function, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

Features

  • Backup/restore your BIOS to or from any USB Flash disk
  • Avoid unnecessary repair due to accident failures during the upgrading process
  • Earn more BIOS lifespan by reducing unnecessary rewriting process

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Winki 3

Winki 3 is a free Linux-based OS which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.

Features

  • User friendly and totally free applications
  • Power on to run applications in 25 seconds
  • Multi-language interface support

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OC Genie II – Overclock and Unlock CPU Core in One Second

OC Genie II, the most powerful and easy overclocking technology is implemented on MSI's AMD 9-Series motherboards. MSI's OC Genie II completely automates advanced overclocking functions and offers up to 248% higher performance with the simple click of a button. It does not matter if you're a first time hardware owner, or a veteran overclocker, activating MSI OC Genie II will unlock your hidden CPU cores, overclock your CPU and your memory to simply give you the best and stable performance for free on MSI AMD 9-Series motherboard available.

Benefits:

  • Automatically overclock and unlock hidden CPU core(s) in one second
  • Instantly boost system performance up to 248%

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World's First UEFI and Software Graphical User Interface

MSI Click BIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.

Benefits

  • Graphical User Interface, with touchscreen support
  • Simply click or touch and move to change settings
  • Full system control, including overclocking, security and information

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All Solid Capacitors

Capacitors are the most important component for electronic product's power supply. The quality of the capacitors can impact the stability of the entire system and risk of product failure. Currently there are two types of capacitors, electrolytic capacitors and solid capacitors. Compared to electrolytic capacitors, solid capacitors have a longer lifespan, and provide a more stable power under high temperatures. More importantly, solid capacitors do not have any liquid materials inside, and thus will not suffer a leak which would infringe upon the product's stability. With such benefits is it no wonder that solid capacitors are very important for product quality's improvement.


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NVIDIA SLI

SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a motherboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a motherboard with two PCI-Express 16X graphics slots and two matching GeForce graphics cards which are "SLI Ready." Most NVIDIA's PCI-Express graphics cards starting from the 6600 GPU can enjoy the benefits of SLI.


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APS (Active Phase Switching)

Active Phase Switching, APS, technology is an intelligent design that helps to save energy on MSI's motherboards. The underlying idea is to switch off the power supply as soon as no electricity is needed, and when the system needs more resources again, APS will automatically adjust electricity supply accordingly. APS will automatically detect your processor's loading at any given time and save energy accordingly. This is only possible by means of a very advanced power controlling technology. Other than software-based solutions, APS technology stands out from MSI's own research. The specially developed IC chip can operate automatically depending on the demands of the power supply, which is to reduce the total power usage.


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AMD CrossFire

AMD CrossFire is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFire technology allows you to expand your system's graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system's graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon™ HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFire gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.


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Lossless 24-bit / 192KHz HD Audio

Onboard PC audio gets better! MSI is the first to implement the most high-end HD Audio codecs available. Don't be fooled by other inferior audio solutions onboard (sometimes you can't even find the driver!) Only MSI offers the loss-less 24-bit / 192KHz HD Audio function with an incredible 109 SNR dB value to provide the most clear and vivid HD audio quality and support 7.1-channel surround sound playback with a 2-channel independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel's 3.5in phone jack.


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Super Charger

Mobile consumer appliances are getting more attention in today's fast moving lifestyle, with smartphones and tablets almost becoming a fashion accessory. However, many ordinary personal computers cannot charge some of these devices, making it difficult to stay connected. The MSI Super Charger is a Windows resident program capable of revising the power supply mode of your USB port to become more powerful. Once your phone or tablet is connected to your USB port, the Super Charger sends a signal to initiate its charging circuit, making it a really smart and convenient charging solution for mobile computing needs.

Note: Only front red USB ports support charger function after system off


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Cool 'n' Quiet

AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology reduces heat and noise so you can experience amazing performance without distraction. Combined with core enhancements included in the AMD processors, it improves overall power savings and delivers better multitasking and energy efficiency. Cool 'n' Quiet technology can automatically adjust processor ratio to throttle CPU speeds with four modes.

Features

  • Independent Dynamic Core Technology
  • Dual Dynamic Power Management™
  • AMD CoolCore™ Technology
  • AMD Wideband Frequency Control
  • Multi-Point Thermal Control

 


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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anthony S.
  • 12/18/2014 1:47:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood for the price!

Pros: Supports up to FX series processors. Bios is very easy to operate. SLI/CF Ready.

Cons: I run SLI 760's cards take a lot of space so the sata slots and cmos battery can only be reached if you take the second GPU out.

Other Thoughts: I've read some of the other reviews and I can truly say I have never had an issue with my board and its Very OC friendly got my FX-6300 up to 4.5Ghz without an issue.

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  • Marvin S.
  • 12/16/2014 8:59:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs970A-G46

Pros: This board is inexpensive and very reliable. I have used it in servers for years. Bios now supports UEFI boot patricians. Great bora and a Great Price

Cons: None that I have had.

Other Thoughts: MSI always has very good value. Good boards and good prices

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  • Kalen C.
  • 12/8/2014 9:25:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFine while it lasted

Pros: Was great for about two years.

Cons: Died for as far as I can tell no reason after just over two years of nearly daily 6-12ish hours of use. All the other parts were fine (gpu, cpu etc..) so I just switched to a slightly older board I had in my closet and put a new psu in that I had been meaning to swap.

-2 eggs because I expect something like this to last more than 2 years.

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  • Travis V.
  • 12/4/2014 1:08:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood board, bad USB controller

Pros: Cheap, reliable board.

Cons: Any of my USB wireless adapters crash constantly, whether they are plugged into a 2.0 or 3.0 port. Occasionally, the entire USB controller dies (all the usb ports die) and it can only be fixed by rebooting the computer. MOST of the time it happens when i'm transferring files of some kind over the wireless adapter, but occasionally, it just does it randomly. Just make sure you use a PCI express wireless adapter if you get this board.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 12/1/2014 7:54:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

Pros: I have had this board for nearly a year. It works great and i highly recommend it. The OC genie is very nice and the components on the board stay very cool. I only wish it has another USB 3.0 header for card reader (used the single one for case front panel). I just added a card to add another.

I am running this in SLI with the newest graphics cards, an AMD FX-8350 OC to 4.3ghz (8 core) , and 16gb DDR3 ripjaws. I can run crysis 3 on highest settings over 80 fps.

I really do recommend this board and dont see a need to spend more with this quality at this price (notice by my other components that im not a cheap person).

Cons: only 1 usb 3.0 header

Other Thoughts: just make sure you build with a grounded wrist strap and everything will be perfect.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 11/2/2014 11:29:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAwful. Don't buy

Pros: It worked for a bit

Cons: A bought this motherboard less than a year ago and i'm already going to have to replace it. It will not read any boot device i have plugged into into and every single one I use works in any other device. It won't even load my OS to try to re install it. I've had this issue off and on for the last 4 months and have finally given up on horrible product. Ill be contacting customer support in hopes of some resolution

Other Thoughts: Don't purchase, even on sale

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. Clear CMOS, on the unit.
4. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

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

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  • George T.
  • 10/30/2014 3:28:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFollow-up Review

Pros: Relatively inexpensive (especially when on sale).
SATA 6Gb/s drive ports.
USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: Does not stably and reliably support CPUs over 95W.
Does not stably and reliably support RAM faster than DDR3-1333.
No header for front USB 3.0 ports.

Other Thoughts: After this board completely failed me on my FX-8350 build, I sold it to a friend who was doing a milder upgrade.
He installed an FX-6300 CPU (95W) and some DDR3-1333 RAM. He had some trouble getting the board to POST, but a complete BIOS reset resolved that issue (he was starting to think I had ripped him off!). He has had a couple of odd issues, software-based I think, but overall he's fairly happy with the motherboard.
Considering the number of cheaper motherboards that openly admit they only support CPUs UP TO 95W, I still can't recommend this motherboard.
Buy only if it's on rock-bottom sale and you have no intentions on using a 125W processor.

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  • CALEB P.
  • 10/27/2014 12:24:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDisregard my other review...

Pros: Was okay while it lasted

Cons: Well... My board didnt even last through the warranty... I have to reset the bios to even boot now. Which is really annoying since i have two GPU's and must take out the bottom one to reset the bios. I have two ssd's in raid and i have to say: MSI really botched it in their raid. Spent two hours getting mad at windows for not booting when it was the MOBO. I'm about to snap the board in half and send it back to MSI and demand my money back for something they promised and clearly did not deliver.

Other Thoughts: i can't swear on the review...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Please note MSI offer 3 years warranty on our mothebroards and video cards lines.

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

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  • Christopher H.
  • 10/7/2014 8:15:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood overall

Pros: Awesome price
Does what i want it to do except for sound.
The color goes nicely with my blue LED lighting in my tower.

Cons: shortly after running for a year(year was last month), the onboard sound card went out.
1. 2 front usb ports can't be used together (plug something in 1, the other isn't recognized)
2. When the sound card went out, this also knocked the front jacks for my Mic & audio out- When you plug headphones/mic into the ports, says i plugged them into the back jacks

Other Thoughts: Luckily, i can afford another board right now or else i would be more irritated right now.

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  • Kay M.
  • 10/7/2014 6:04:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood overall, if you know how to do anything

Pros: Great board if you know what you're doing. Best UEFI I've ever used, and has many options with clear explanations with the help buttons that tell you what somethings are. Could help out newbies. Works great with SLI.

Cons: Heat issues. This board if you don't know what you're doing has heat issues. This board is advertised and even has it written in the specifications as being only compatible with 95w processors. So please read before you purchase.

The heatsink below the cpu socket gets HOT. And I mean really hot. To the point of not being able to be touched. I believe this portion of the board was overlooked, and is probably the problem with many people's rigs. It gets too hot, and the chip under it dies.

My other complaint is No USB 3 for front panel.

Other Thoughts: This board has issues with CPUs that are above 95w. It states it in the manuals, it states it in the specifications on this page. There's even only 95w CPUs in the processor compatibility list. People need to READ before pressing the purchase button.

This board is a revision or upgrade from the 970-G43. Peice for peice it's dang near Identical. The only difference between the G43 and the G46 is the heatsink on the VRMS to the left of the CPU socket. They did this because the G43 had TERRIBLE problems with the VRMs dying. They should have put a heatsink on the VRMs above the CPU socket also. Because of this, I would suggest a case with a fan on the side panel that blows over the motherboard. That solved ALL of my heat issues with this motherboard.

Read specifications and compatibility lists people! It's not that friggin hard!

Also, to use ANY FX processor, you need to update the BIOS. Period! This is also stated in the manual, and in the specifications!! READ! IT'S NOT THAT FRIGGIN HARD!!

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