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

  • AMD 970 + SB950
  • FX, Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 and Sempron
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066/ 800

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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Andrea M.
  • 2/25/2016 7:16:57 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard solidly construced.

Pros: Good board built well has ok heat sinks. Great for running cpus stock.

Cons: Doesn't overclock well!

Other Thoughts: Good for basic gaming build....If you got the extra cash go for 990fx board.

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  • chris t.
  • 1/7/2016 10:11:33 AM

5 out of 5 eggs2+ Years of solid service so far

Pros: FX support, USB 3 - flash drives read 110+ MB/s, even though it's been out for 3 years msi still frequently updates bios for new cpu's and improvements.

Cons: Only 2 usb 3 ports, although you can use a hub or add pci-x card for more.

Other Thoughts: I don't see why so many bad reviews, lack of system building and troubleshooting I guess. It works great with FX processors, I have an FX-8350 with small overclock in it currently, before that a 1090T 6 core cpu. I have been using it since 2013 and have never had issues.

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  • Kyle H.
  • 1/4/2016 8:45:07 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board, does everything I need it to

Pros: -Bios looks very nice and is incredibly easy to navigate through
-Lots of fan connectors and PCI slots
-more than enough USB slots
-USB 3 header for front panel USB

Cons: I can't say that I've had any.

Other Thoughts: I've had this board for a year and a half and never once have had problems with it. My GPU, CPU, and RAM are overclocked and it runs everything stable, all while keeping at a cool temperature.

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  • Michael S.
  • 12/26/2015 10:29:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks great, but lacking front USB support!

Pros: Fired right up and set up was easy. This was my first PC build and it was simple!

Cons: No USB for front panel, had to buy separate PCI card to power front USB ports

Other Thoughts: I was cheated on MSI rebate! I sent copy of receipt from Newegg.com and they said it wasn't good enough. It has to be actual invoice from shipping I guess. I sent it in as soon as I received it and they didn't deny it until after the allowed submit date. Therefore I had no chance to fix the issue and get my rebate. Never in my life have I been denied a rebate until now. Shame on you people!

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  • ralph K.
  • 12/24/2015 5:02:40 AM

3 out of 5 eggsBoard worked good until Windows 8 upgrade..

Pros: Board worked good right out of the box..

Cons: The Windows 8 option in bios is not adequately documented.. After upgrading to Windows 8 I went to bios and enabled the Windows 8 option.. Now the board won't boot, and I can't access bios to change it back.. Tried to clear CMOS with no success.. Can't seem to find any way of going back.. Board is just dead.. Be careful don't enable Windows 8 options !

Other Thoughts: A warning about this in the manual would be helpful, and how to recover (if you can)..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ralph,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Can you try power down system, remove CMOS battery (With power off) for 30 sec. to 1 min. put back CMOS battery and retest. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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1 out of 5 eggsBad board.

Pros: Good looking board.

Cons: Low end product. Doa. Just got around to doing my build. Bad board. Not eligible for return. Now I'll have to deal with sending it to msi. I've already purchased another board today for my build.

Other Thoughts: Would not recommend. Should of read reviews

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Christopher,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Before considering an RMA can you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected firmly, 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 possible do a clean install of window and update drivers for best result. www.MSI.com
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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • Nathan C.
  • 12/7/2015 10:14:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsBad Board

Pros: I was unable to find any pros in this other than that it worked for a little while and then stopped working.

Cons: This board was problems after problems. After getting everything nestled into the board, I went to turn it on and I would not get POST at all. After moving the RAM sticks around I found one of the DIMM slots to be defective. I had managed to get it to boot which was okay for a day or so.

Not long after the computer was not going to POST again. I took out the CPU and remounted it again. It booted. I had to reboot. It wouldn't boot to POST again.

I ended up deciding that my last try was to go back to the old motherboard I had been using prior. Low and behold, it works.

Lesson learned? The board I received appears to be a bad board.

Other symptoms this board had was when it was working, the CPU fan would go completely nuts. My CPU fan would go nuts on the old board anyways, but it went nuts when powering on from 8hrs+ being turned off.

I can't say that this board is good right now. I can't even say it's a descent board other than it's price was cheap. If the replacement board doesn't work, I'm requesting a refund and finding a different board and manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: MSI, if you're there and reading this, please do better with lower-end motherboards. I've been reading a lot of people had this same problem. If lots of people are having this issue, fix it. If you're able to replicate this issue, fix it. Don't just release a product that doesn't work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Nathan,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you check 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • Alen c.
  • 12/6/2015 12:45:34 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Great motherboard 2 years now running 24/7 restart only for windows updates. High Quality, Great Deal

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2015 12:57:56 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I had this board for about 2 years and it worked great until recently. Good for average, light gaming.

Cons: After upgrading to a 970, the board just couldn't seem to handle it and crapped out about 2 months later. Just sucks it happened the day before fallout 4.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Have you check the power supply on system to verify? If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com or at our support phone number 626-271-1004 M-F 6am to 6pm pst. and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • James B.
  • 11/5/2015 9:00:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Good features at a decent price
Runs Cross fire without issue
Overclocks Easily
Boots fast
Reliable
Smaller size than some older atx designs (this helps out when installing and managing cables)
Good sound quality
3x fan support (cpu and two additional fans)
Stacked sata ports (my g45 didn't have this)
sli support (my g45 didn't have this either)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is my second MSI board and will likely buy again. I was far more impressed with this board that my old ASUS A8N-E. I purchased the g45 version of this board back in 2011 and it has not failed me yet. I did not get a chance to test out the raid or how it functions with SSD drives but I am sure it works fine.

System:
MSI 970a-G45 (2.7 BIOS)
FX-8350 @ 4.5GHz
Radeon Memory @1760 MHz
HIS Radeon R9 270 in xFire @ 270x speeds
Corsair CX600 PSU
Cooler Master 690
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

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