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MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Board is still working well, and doesn't seem to mind being overclocked.

Cons: The OC Genie is still trying to push too far. It wants to take all 8 cores to 4GHz, but it just doesn't seem to supply enough voltage, or it thinks the chip is more capable than it really is. My chip seems very comfortable at just over 3.8GHz with manual tweaking, which isn't bad considering the chip was only rated at 3.2GHz.

What I have found is the voltage control isn't quite as granular as other boards. Adjusting the CPU the system wants to jump in .01V increments. Since voltage is measured out to four decimal places, at full 1/100th of a volt jump is quite large. Maybe a future BIOS update can rectify this.

Other Thoughts: To Lise, who just posted recently, you are absolutely incorrect. I am currently using an FX 8230E in this board. It works fine. Since I have only seen maybe two bad CPUs in 20 years of IT work, and lots of AMD builds, I'm more likely to conclude that you have a RAM compatibility issue. I did run into one of those with a recent AMD build with the same CPU in 6-core variant.

I'm currently running the following Crucial RAM, also obtained from Newegg.

MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So far I am liking this board very much. I haven't had it very long, but the option are great! This board has lots of options, lots of USB headers, and more importantly, lots of fan headers. The software package is pretty average for "gamer" labeled boards

Cons: The MSI Commander is a little weak. Unlike previous Asus boards I've owned, the monitoring software and overclocking software are combined. Usually I just want to monitor temps and voltages, but you must bring up the entire MSI Commander to do that, and it only allows you to shrink it down so much.

The OC Genie also seems to be a bit lax when overclocking CPUs in the 6/8 core range. I'm sure they aren't figuring on users having massive HSF like the Lucifer V2 I have, so voltage and overclocks are likely limited. You would be better off just using the MSI Commander to do it manually.

Other Thoughts: For the money, I can certainly say I am not disappointed with the motherboard. They threw in some nice touches, like a Ferrari type badge, and the board is quite adjustable via the MSI Commander or BIOS; although the UEFI interface is not quite as intuitive as others I've dealt with before.

Ultimately, if you can get this board for a decent price, it's definitely worth the buy for those using AM3+ chips.

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a large case, which makes it great for longer video cards. No problem at all fitting 779x/28x/29x video cards. They install with a couple of inches to spare.

Lots of factory cooling. with 4x120 and 1x140 standard, and there's room for more.

Lots of rubber grommets for routing cables between the motherboard tray and side panel, for that clean install look, and great air flow.

This case is even large enough to install the lucifer V2 cooler, which is massive!

Has nice rounded corners so you don't shred yourself during installation. Materials and build quality are decent for a case in this price range. It doesn't compare to my Thermaltake case, but then again, neither does the price!

Lots of front mounted USB is nice, and the drive dock is a nice touch.

Cons: The power cable for the drive dock is 4-pin molex, and this part is extremely poor quality. The pins in the molex connector are poorly secured and flop around inside the connector. It's definitely a work of patience to get your PSU connector attached.

Other Thoughts: Not really a con, but something to think about. This case is quite tall, and the PSU is bottom mounted, so make sure your aux. CPU power cable is quite long. Even though the PSU I used had a fairly good length aux. cable, it still wasn't quite long enough to pass through the grommets and behind the board. I actually had to run it in front of the board, tween the PCI/PCI-e slots to make it reach.


Michael M.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 01/30/02

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  • First Review: 12/06/05
  • Last Review: 03/14/15
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