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MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2015 9:49:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggswow

Pros: I ordered it with a fx 8350 CPU but I forgot to order the ram not a problem I ordered the ram and it will take 2 to 3 days so I wanted to try it just to check everything is good but I only have a ram 2g ddr3 heh its nothing but I can turn on the system with this baby.....everything working good and by curiosity i wanted to try a game so I opened the far Cray 4....HA!!!!!!it runs on ultra and on nvidia without any problem......I have this mobo and fx 8350 and gtx 750 ti 2g ddr5 means its a medium system but.....wow......so fast without any problem for sure I like this mobo and I recommend it with all the specifications inside especially a lot of USBs

Cons: of course nothing

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  • cory f.
  • 7/6/2015 3:09:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome price/performance

Pros: Excellent value for the money spent. Solid overclocking abilities. Decent power management. Excellent bios options

Cons: No vdroop setting

Other Thoughts: Bought this for my son for a gaming rig. Paired it with a 6300 and a R9 380. Once watercooling was installed the chip clocked to 4.6GHz with little effort Bios was easy to navigate and delivered solid power to the overclocked ship and ram. My only gripe with the board is no vdroop setting. Power phase is decent for a board at this price.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 7/6/2015 11:54:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Mobo.

Pros: Looks great, has a lot of great options for a great price. Usually love MSI.

Cons: Has had problems since day 1 on booting. Even bios is lagging. I bought a regular msi 970 after this one, and it runs awesome. I dont know what options i had, since the board wasnt dead on arrival. but rarely, and i mean rarely works without hours of turning on and off. Ive never had a motherboard do this.

Other Thoughts: Id really like MSI to contact me on my options, Id love to get a replacement, as the board when it works, does great. But its rare to get it to boot up on first try. Anyone buying it, if you see this review and have the same problems RMA it immediately.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/5/2015 8:56:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggscame broken!

Pros: I managed to solder the points back and it worked just fine

Cons: After 6 hours of using graphite from a led pencil and a lighter I managed to fix this doa board, unfortunately I gave the board a few scratches but I fixed it, I mean it's OK for the price

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/26/2015 8:21:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing upgrade

Pros: The look and feel of this board is exceptional. very detailed and solid; it doesn't feel like a cheap board. there is sufficient space for a larger air cooling system and RAM. The BIOS is early to navigate, and installation of drivers was easy.

Cons: The placement of SATA is not well thought out. The graphics card (MSI 380 4G) hovers two of the SATA ports, and pinches on the cable lock. Additionally, the SATA cables are stacked and do not rotate, so the clips catch the cable on top. (THE PROVIDED CABLES ARE SLIM ENOUGH TO FIT, BUT STANDARD ONES DO NOT)
Also, the back faceplate has a Styrofoam cushion that interferes with board alignment. it pushed my board less than an 8th of an inch past the posts, so i had to trim down the foam.

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  • Kathy D.
  • 6/22/2015 3:35:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI 970 Gaming Motherboard

Pros: BIOS are simple enough for novice overclockers. 6+2 power phase. Ample USB ports and 5 fan headers. The audio is great. The amp for headphones is a plus. Good stable board for mild overclocking and use of single graphics card.

Cons: The "Killer Network Manager" program needed to use LAN, is a pain and poorly attempts to prioritize network traffic and you must have this installed to use a LAN connection. The motherboard I received will post the correct CPU temperatures (most of us know that is important). Again another proprietary program is need for the audio too.

Other Thoughts: MSI service tech support is just cumbersome, website is hard to navigate or search to address you issue. You need to fill out a form that ask many questions that have nothing to do with your issue or even the product your using. Then after filling out their form you have to hope the site will take it, if not get ready to fill all this information out again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
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.

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

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  • Chris P.
  • 6/21/2015 3:01:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great features.. love the bios interface

Cons: First board was doa.. second board, wont boot from optical, says error code 5.
Have two hard drives that work just fine on my msi 880Gm board.. on this replacement 970 gaming, it wont boot into windows.. says windows startup needs to be repaired.. getting fed up.. its been a month since i ordered this board and no luck with it yet.. MSI... Wanna help me out here???

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,

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  • Zachary C.
  • 6/20/2015 1:31:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Mother Board

Pros: Solid Build. Great Price.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/17/2015 3:44:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsHappy Customer

Pros: Installed easily and setup went smoothly!

Cons: Only thing its "missing" is on-board graphics option. Which even I can admit is only "missing" because I am a old-school computer geek and that was one of the first things I noticed when researching this Motherboard before purchase.

Other Thoughts: I went from an MSI NF980-G65 to this Motherboard and so far I am very happy with my choice of purchase. Even though it has been less than 24 hours since installing it.

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  • Mr T.
  • 6/10/2015 7:57:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price/performance ratio
color of the board (the black and red was my whole computer theme)

Cons: Optical audio output is only capable of outputting 2 channels of even compressed audio??
Short one more fan power connection, but i can live with 4 fans including CPU fan.

Other Thoughts: Had this for over a month now, Great board. Im running an FX 6300 water cooled and over clocked to 4.5 GHz on it and a GTX 970, It all runs smooth as can be. Audio driver is very good, but runs short on optical (see cons). All in all, built well. I wouldnt recommend anything more or less than this to anyone unless they were building a couple thousand dollar rig with SLI configuration or something.

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