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MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Charley D.
  • 8/24/2015 12:14:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeems it will last for 2 years...

Pros: Work good, didn't have a problem with it, updates on mobo were good using the live update. Work good, and never show any signs of dying.

Cons: Well, a lot of costumers complain that the board will stop working after two years and it seems to be true... I got this board back in July 4 2013, and now is August 23 2015 and the board just die on me... It didn't show any signs of dying it just stop. I would avoid this mobo and spend a little extra for an asus one or a better build msi....

Other Thoughts: I got this motherboard when I build my brothers computer. My computer was already 3 years old when I build this one. My own computer currently holds an asus m4a78t-e which is discontinue... (all support for that mobo was discontinue after windows vista...) What i am getting at is that the asus mobo still working after almost 6 years and this mobo dies after 2.... The MSI mobo was never overclocked or abuse.. my asus is currently overclock abuse and still kicking.... MSI really let me down....

did a full check on all components on the computer, cpu, video card, ram etc.. even did a only mobo boot up and nothing. So i know for sure is the mobo. I check the powe rsupply on my own computer, video cards and ram and everything works great.

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), clear CMOS.
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.

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

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 8/23/2015 9:27:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThree years strong...

Pros: Alot bang for the buck, it does what I need it to do, and its fairly upgrade friendly... only recently have I updated to a new graphics card (MSi R7 260x) and at first the card wouldn't work... but then I updated the bios and all the running software associated with the board, a very easy task with MSi stuff (the bios interface is extremely easy to navigate, if not a little bulky), and soon enough the card was up and running, overclocked and only recently have I have begun to overclock the cpu ever so slightly, which is helping me squeeze out just enough power for the newer games, video-rendering and music production stuff I do with it. Definitely a sturdy board, but I will say that the configuration of the SATA ports is abit haphazard... oh well.

Cons: SATA ports can be a problem in smaller cases.

Other Thoughts: For anyone building their first gaming rig with AMD stuff, this is a very good board to start with for the money.

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  • Daphne B.
  • 8/20/2015 6:23:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad DEAL

Pros: NONE

Cons: Received a combo and motherboard not compatible with Box. Not USB 3.0 on board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
The board does have USB 3.0 support. Please refer to our website for specs.;
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#hero-specification
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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  • Chris S.
  • 8/18/2015 8:32:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board for Great Price

Pros: This board came with a system I picked up about a year ago. It was 1 of 3 I was looking to pick up, and I'm happy with the result.

I've got a FX6300 in it, and I've never had a problem with the board. I haven't really had a need to push my CPU, I set the OC-Genie and let it roll, tweaked some BIOS settings, and love the results.

Honestly the BIOS I'm in love with. There is so much to tweak in here. Now I haven't dipped in to the onboard CPU controls, I just set the auto-OC and let her fly. I see small gains, and my temps stay constant, so I'm happy with it. Though the option is there to push it to the max, or blow it up, so be mindful before you start playing in here because if you're a novice and just click things, you will fry your board.

Cons: None thus far.

Other Thoughts: My only tiff is the new BIOS updates all state 'only recommended for Win 8.1 users'... which I'm not to keen on since the most recent updates include new coding, and I've seen some win7 users having issues after flashing and there's no reverting to the original BIOS.

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  • Luis R.
  • 7/30/2015 10:58:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Holly Overclock-ability Features Batman! I spent some time messing around with this if you want to pretty much have this thing OC your hardware for you this is a great MOBO for it or many of MSI's MOBO's for that matter I was really impressed.

Cons: NO USB 3.0 internal connections :( it does however have them on the back to use but not to connect USB 3.0 hardware internally.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great foundation for a PC Solid easy interface for overclocking!

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  • jared b.
  • 7/10/2015 9:02:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsThis board is junk

Pros: It works good it does what it supposed to do

Cons: Dies 2 years into it working. just up and died bought this board 2x first time it died it took the cpu with it this time i got lucky....

Other Thoughts: spend a little more money get the msi 970 gaming.....

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.

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

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  • Anthony S.
  • 6/19/2015 10:32:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY OVERHEAT

Pros: Nice looking board, nice connections, nice setup, nice bios.

Cons: First one showed up DOA. The second one worked but as I watched the temperature monitor I noticed that both my processor and motherboard were at 135 degrees to 140. I though that can't be right? My processor in the old board only ran at 98 degrees at idle. Sure enough when I point a laser heat gun to see what the temp was the heat monitor was correct. My liquid cooling tubes were at 135 and some of the heat sink on the motherboard were that also. I look online and sure enough others are having that issue. I do not know what MSI is doing but when a processor that usually runs at 100 suddenly spikes to that something is wrong.

Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY THIS! My gigabyte motherboard is better than this thing. Avoid it unless you plan on cooking some burgers on your motherboard. During gameplay in Cities skylines it reached 180 before freezing and shutting down.

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), clear CMOS.
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.

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

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  • Sean P.
  • 6/13/2015 4:43:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell worth the money

Pros: Great product. Easy install. Great user manual.

Cons: Have not seen any yet.

Other Thoughts: Keep it up!

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  • Ryan G.
  • 6/7/2015 2:17:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI 970A-G46

Pros: Works well for the system I build. No complaints so far.

Cons: none

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  • Jade S.
  • 5/24/2015 10:22:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo audio

Pros: Works great. except...

Cons: Sound has quit on it, after 2 years and 1 month the sound up and stops, won't recognize any of the audio jacks, so I can't use a headset. I tried more drivers than I would like to admit, and I tried my headset on a different computer. works fine.

Other Thoughts: Great in all other areas but this audio jack issue is a real problem for me

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