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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports by AMD SB950 - Supports storage and data transfers at up to 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: If it were not for the insane amount of features and for the fact that it runs, I would have given this MOBO 1-2 stars so 3 stars is fair.
Has overclock/underclock option.
This mobo is paired with FX-8320 (8 core amd CPU)
Posts great, BIOS is nice and offers temp gauges for CPU and Board

Cons: -When using the eco mode for power setting on MOBO, the idle freq drops and temps read 40-41 C at idle on CPU and Northbridge and 61-67 C under any load (downloading a file, updating windows, caching data to HDD, videogames, etc)
Northbridge Temp has a tendency to be a few degrees hotter than the CPU itself at times...pretty crazy fire hazard.
While using OC genie something weird happens. Idle freq for CPU is only a little higher and as expected so far the idle temps for CPU and Northbridge are a little higher but not bad at 45-46 C. However under same load as before they do not reach 67C, they stop between 60-65 degrees. This pc only had a max load of around 30% and will never try to go much higher or it might burn.

Other Thoughts: A fan would not help the MOBO Northbridge as I already have one on it and does nothing. Heatsink is waaaaay too small. I wish I could add a water cooler to it. I just don't understand why it is still so hot when not even under heavy memory/graphics usage as it is designed to be used for.

Thinking that now is a good time to buy warranty for this mobo...

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8320FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 8 cores and lots of power
Runs first post
Comes with a copper/aluminum fan with thermal paste on it (honestly this should do the trick if ambient temp is kept in cons)

Cons: -This may be the smallest and most expensive electrical grill you ---have ever bough ;)
-Get's toasty in very optimal conditions.
-I have SIX 120mm case fans. 2 front to pull cold air in, one on side to pull cold air in, and 2 on top for exhaust. (and also not counting the GPU and PSU fans are like extra exhaust fans)
-Runs @ 60C* when checked with BIOS temp. Runs anywhere between
-Runs at 46C* Idle. 61 to 65*C while gaming(Planetside 2 med,high,ultra, settings did not matter). And has gone as high as 67*C when downloading Planetside 2, or when HDD is at 100% read/write speed. Weird.
-All this heat happens at around 30% total CPU load.
-Highest temp was reached when the CPU was mostly just using one of it's 8 cores as part of it's own self adapting technology and that core was up to 100%

Other Thoughts: CPU technology is supposed to optimize cores and I see it working on speedfan app, sometimes only 1 or 2 cores go up as high as 100% while the other ones dance up and done only a few percentages.
Will try water cooling in the future for processor and Northbridge as they both get insanely hot. However the weird thing is only the north bridge is hot to the touch, the cpu heatsink is only a little warm even when bios temp gauge says it is sizzling.
-MOBO MSI 970A-G43
-GPU PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 270
-PSU Rosewill ARC-M650 (650W)
-MEM HyperX Fury Black Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
-HDD Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
-And obv the processor is AMD FX-8320 8-core

Nippon Labs 1.5 ft High Speed HDMI Cable 1.5ft  28AWG with Ethernet Male/Male Gold Connectors in Black Color 1.5 feet- OEM
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Perfect length for my application>
Lag free
Good Quality

Cons: None


Mihai M.'s Profile

Display Name: Mihai M.

Date Joined: 10/25/09


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  • First Review: 10/26/09
  • Last Review: 05/16/15
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