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GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs It wants 5 eggs so bad! 03/05/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great price for a budget 970 gaming board. No serious issues with installation.

Cons: Top right corner screw hole was not drilled out. Surprising since that's where you put all the pressure on the board while installing the power cord and RAM. -1 to quality control for that one.

I have ZERO control over CPU fan speed. In the BIOS, in Windows, nothing will change the speed from 1800 RPM. "Normal" and "Silent" are the options. My older, 785 biostar at least would run a test on the CPU fan and let you adjust. Pretty sad a MUCH NEWER board cant do that.

Last but not least. Annoying. I have the Crucial ballistix tracer memory sticks with programmable LED lights on top. Depending on how hard the computer works, the lights will flash faster or slower. Really handy when diagnosing a hang up. Anyway, when clocking my memory from 1333 to the 1600 that its supposed to be, I lost my LED lights in RAM slot 0. Switching the RAM sticks verified its only the first slot. Turning the speed back down to 1333 allows the lights to work again. Tried turning up voltage from 1.5 to 1.65 (which is what the old tracers used to run) also did nothing.

Have to say I'm really bummed out over it. Ive been using these memory modules for a couple years now and absolutely love them! Without the activity LEDs it loses all its awesomeness. :(

Other Thoughts: I got this board on sale, knowing they will soon be extinct with the release of USB 3.1 and DDR4. The cons don't seem to be enough for me to want to RMA the board, but just once, I'd like to get a MOBO that works 100% as advertised. Ill probably be installing a fan speed controller (there goes the 15 bux i saved) and will just have to decide between LEDs or performance on my memory. :( :(

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Antec HCG M HCG-750M 750W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Modular cables. Braided sleeves over wiring gives it that "high quality" feel and look that everyone appreciates. The cables are designed in a way that you can't screw things up by plugging into the wrong slot.

Cons: The big plastic tie that comes with it broke when I tried to reuse it. No biggie. I did not come with any velcro ties, which I prefer.

Other Thoughts: The cables are mighty long, but I was using a mid tower. The light appears blue, but it's white.

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Red & Green LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TN1608
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: They rock! They even overclock!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's memory, it works. Light speed indicates how hard its working...what else could u ask for? Be sure you set these to 1.65 volts in your bios.

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Joseph M.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph M.

Date Joined: 08/13/10

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 08/13/10
  • Last Review: 03/05/15
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