- AMD 970
- FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
- DDR3 2000(OC) /1866
Good budget motherboard 08/11/2013
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
-Worked out of the box
-Good amount of SATA ports
-Lot of USB 2.0/3.0 ports
-Supports CrossFire but not SLI
-North bridge heat sink not very secure
-UEFI bios is clunky
-SATA placement bad for mid towers
If you're looking for a motherboard to support one nVidia or two AMD GPUs while being able to use AMD's Vishera CPUs then this motherboard is for you. If you're looking to a bit higher, do some overclocking or SLI some new GTX 7xx cards, look somewhere else. I bought this mobo on a budget and it has worked well since January with no issue.
The issues aren't major really, just small things. It supports CrossFire but not SLI, which makes sense since it's a budget AMD board. If you're even considering SLI at any point in the future but are within a budget, the Gigabyte UA-990FXA-UD3 mobo is only about $35 more than this and supports SLI.
The UEFI bios is very basic and unappealing and somewhat scattered. Not difficult to use if you've been through a bios, but still somewhat aggravating at times.
If you have a mid-tower, you'll most likely have an issue plugging in your SATA devices. The ports are placed along the right side and with my old Antec 900-2 mid case, there was only about 3/4" worth of space between the ports and my drive bays. Took some doing to get them in properly. And be careful putting this in, the NB heat sink is secured by plastic pushpins, so if you hold onto it it will come off a bit. The thermal paste will reset it, but just be aware.
For just over $100 this is a great motherboard but it may not be right for everybody. After owning it for just under 7 months I'm already looking to upgrade to a 990FX motherboard that has the features I need. If not having SLI isn't an issue for you, then this motherboard is a good fit for a tight budget.
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