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Item#: N82E16813130679
MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD 970
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)
  • $69.99
  • $5.92 Shipping (restrictions apply)

2 out of 5 eggs Caution is advised! 08/15/2013

This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros:

Please see "Other thoughts."

Cons:

Please see "Other thoughts."

Other Thoughts:

Spent the bulk of last weekend at a coworker's home attempting to set up this motherboard. (He purchased this at Newegg.)

His CPU, a FX 4350, which has a TDP of 125W, *is* listed on the MSI website as being compatible with the G43. As of today, (8/15/13), ALL of the 125W Zambezi and Vishera CPUs are listed as compatible.

I had serious reservations about using the above processor on this platform, as this board has gained a bit of a bad reputation for having problems with overheating on the VRMs and insufficient Northbridge cooling.

Taking MSI's website at their word, we proceeded with the build, and, as an additional precaution, added an Antec SpotCool Fan that I had on-hand, (Newegg Item#: N82E16835209044), to provide some additional airflow across the voltage regulators.

All seemed well at first, but I received a phone call from my coworker later that night that the system had shut down abruptly, and there was a faint smell of something "burning."

When I arrived the next day, we discovered that the VRMs had apparently become so hot as to discolor the motherboard around their location. The board was toast, but didn't take any other components along with it, fortunately. By the way, the 4350 was not overclocked.

I'm not an electrical engineer, but personally, I wouldn't use this particular board for ANY processor rated with a TDP in excess of 95W, and even then, would *not* recommend any overclocking whatsoever. You may want to roll those dice; I certainly wouldn't.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
The web team will correct the CPU support list as soon as possible, the max TDP this board can support is 95W, thank you.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com, thank you.

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

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