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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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970A-G46

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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  • John H.
  • 9/22/2014 1:40:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAll around great board

Pros: The board works great, the price is amazing, and optimized for nvidia so double plus.

Cons: Im on my second board because my first broke when changing cases, not very strong, remove every thing from board if moving out of case.

Other Thoughts: works great

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/20/2014 11:07:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: works fine and stays cool. easy overclocks.

Cons: after about 6 months of heavy use it finally started going. It no longer detects my ram as 1866 and will not go to 1866 at all.

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  • JOSEPH L.
  • 9/20/2014 9:36:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSata Ports Failed, BSOD, Driver Issues

Pros: None

Cons: After 4 months of owning this board the Sata ports went out one by one every 1-3 days. I'm down to the last two ports which have lasted about a week now.

Problems with Logitech drivers for G35 once upgrading to this motherboard.

Bios auto overclock never has worked right for me and always got blue screens.

Putting windows to sleep makes PC Case light BLINK. Ridiculously annoying.

Eventually sleep stopped working and would bluescreen when attempted. Probably a driver conflict of some sort.

They don't let you download drivers independently and install, they make you use their update tool which doesn't even work correctly.

CPU: Phenom 2 x6 1100T and RAM: GSkill 16GB 1600 PC3-12800 (800MHz), GPU: NVidia GeForce 560 GTX SLI and PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W

Other Thoughts: MSI tech support is impossible to reach. You will never get through. Eventually after all the pressing buttons and waiting it goes to someones voice mail box everytime. They expect you to email them with tons of information.

Through email they agreed to refurbish it but I have to take it out of my system and send it back first. What a waste of time and money. So in the meanwhile I have to purchase ANOTHER motherboard to get by, because who knows if they'll take 1-4 weeks. Save yourself the headaches and go with Gigabyte or Asus.

This is the 2nd time I bought an MSI product that I regret. Never again.

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. Update to latest BIOS and firmware.
4. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department by email at ususersupport@msi.com or 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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  • Blake S.
  • 9/8/2014 5:30:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdoes not do raid on windows 8.1

Pros: it was cheap.

Cons: no overclocking what so ever without heating up the vrm to it's max, no front usb 3.0, and I contacted the support number and even he said that there is no raid driver for this motherboard with windows 8 or 8.1 only 7 and people have said that that driver dose not even work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Sorry for the trouble and confusion, we have supported RAID drivers for window 8,
Please kindly email us at usreview@msi.com to obtain driver or contact our support team directly at 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time).
Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Gary M.
  • 9/5/2014 10:31:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNeeds update out of box with FX CPUs

Pros: Nice color scheme. Supports multiple GPUs. Can handle FX 8 core CPUs (with update and undervolting).

Cons: Received a board with a very early BIOS version. Tried installing a FX 4130 and was getting no display/ no post or BIOS but all fans spinning and everything else seemed fine (4130 thought would work right out of the box). kept reading and reading and a lot of people were using 4130,4300,6300,8320 without an update so I tried replacing every other component and was going to DOA the board but bought a sempron 145 cheapest am3+ cpu I could find. Everything boots right up and ran live update 6 to update mobo BIOS and now running a undervolted FX 8320 with no probs.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to use a FX CPU make sure you ask which BIOS your board will ship with or have a older AM3+ CPU ready to update board.

FX 8320 and 8350 will run just fine without overheating VRMs as long as you undervolt your CPU. Google it, very simple process without affecting performance.

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  • Pa L.
  • 9/4/2014 3:50:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDied after 2 years :(

Pros: Never had a chance to push the board to max potential. Great while it lasted tho.

Cons: Crapped on me after 2 years usage.. never pushed the board.. only net surfing..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you described, many reasons can cause the situation like this. We suggest you try the following steps:
1. Power down system, test with minimum components (1 stick of ram, video, CPU power supply).
2. Clear cmos, verify that you have both main 24pin JPRW1 and 12volts JPWR2 ATX power connectors connected.
3. If possible verify a different memory stick, power supply etc.
For additional troubleshooting and information on our 3 years warranty services please feel free to contact MSI team directly for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Karen H.
  • 8/29/2014 1:30:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI Motherboards

Pros: Overall is an OK product.

Cons: Came with broken audio card, has a few issues involving compatibility with a few CPUs

Other Thoughts: The motherboard itself is a fine product except... The motherboard had a faulty audio chip. After diagnosing the issue myself and getting a hold of Realtek and MSI to confirm the issue I tried to figure out what it was I could do about it and MSI's 'solution' to the problem was to send it in to get repaired. I understand that this is the normal policy but after calling them to explain my situation I got nowhere with them. I can't take my computer I need for work and tear it apart just to get working sound after I just built the thing. Furthermore I paid for new parts not refurbished ones and I expected it to work like new not have busted parts do to no fault of my own... Not to mention they wanted me to pay for it. I sat through hours of work, phone calls(and never actually got to talk to a person), and tech support chats just to in the end decide it is better just to go and buy a sound card to bypass the motherboard's audio chip entirely. In my experience MSI's products come with faulty parts and they refuse to make it right.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please feel free to contact our service & support team directly at 626.271.1004 to request for an RMA during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at ususersupport@msi.com.
Moreover, you can request for advanced replacement, which is subject to product availability and requires a credit card (non-prepaid type) to proceed.

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

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  • Mathew K.
  • 8/21/2014 9:24:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsFor the man/woman on a budget

Pros: Easy bios. Decent performance for a cheap board. Squeezes about ~5 more frames per second than my previous board.

Cons: not as many grounding points as I would like. The first DIMM slot sits a little closer to my CPU heatsink than i'm comfortable with (so if you have performance RAM, the heatsinks will be maybe ~6mm from eachother). The chassis peripheral pinouts are pretty far away from the front of the case, and there is just BARELY room to crossfire/SLI hefty sized cards because of this (x2 HD 7870s in this build)

Other Thoughts: Get an extended warranty. Don't argue. Just do it. A board this cheap with so many bad reviews deserves caution.

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  • Michael H.
  • 8/19/2014 2:20:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEntry level board

Pros: I am exclusive to MSI products and this board is a great entry level gaming rig board,this board gets confusing when it comes to 125W processors yes it will run them with the right cooler but I would advise against it. This board is not for the avid overclocker but if your simply looking for a good board with a 95W or lower processor this is the board for you. If you have a 125w CPU pay $20 to $30 more for the 970 Gaming from MSI.

Cons: The VRM does not play well with Eight-Core 125W processors.

Other Thoughts: Please do your research if your planning on an FX-8xxx 125W chip.

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  • Jeffrey L.
  • 8/12/2014 9:10:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent For Price

Pros: crossfire/sli ready
plenty of expansion ports

Cons: doesn't dissipate heat very efficiently
8-pin power header in a hard to reach spot

Other Thoughts: this motherboard was good for a midrange/crossfire budget build. a good first mobo for a first diy pc build.

The motherboard has died recently, have only had this mobo for >4 months before it died...

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