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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD 970 + SB950
  • FX, Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 and Sempron CPU in AM3 / AM3+ package
  • DDR3 2133* (OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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The MSI 970A-G43 Motherboard generously delivers performance, quality, reliability, and an array of MSI features at a competitive price. It's based on the AMD 970 North Bridge/AMD SB950 South Bridge chipsets, offering perfect support for AMD's powerful "FX" series processors in AM3+ packaging. Four DDR3 memory slots with dual-channel support, latest generation SATA 6Gbps, and Gigabit Ethernet LAN give you the essentials to build a performance system. USB 3.0 is also integrated for blazing fast data transfer. Add in the exclusive MSI features and super build quality MSI is known for, you'll know the MSI 970A-G43 is the foundation you can count on for your next powerhouse, whether for work or play.

  • newegg OC Genie II – Overclock and Unlock CPU Core in 1 Second OC Genie II, the most powerful and easy overclocking technology is implemented on MSI's AMD 9-Series motherboards. MSI's OC Genie II completely automates advanced overclocking functions and offers up to 248% higher performance with the simple click of a button. It does not matter if you're a first time hardware owner, or a veteran overclocker, activating MSI OC Genie II will unlock your hidden CPU cores, overclock your CPU and your memory to simply give you the best and stable performance for free on MSI AMD 9-Series motherboard available.
  • newegg World's 1st UEFI and software graphical user interface MSI Click BIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.
  • newegg All Solid Capacitors Capacitors are the most important component for electronic product's power supply. The quality of the capacitors can impact the stability of the entire system and risk of product failure. Currently there are two types of capacitors, electrolytic capacitors and solid capacitors. Compared to electrolytic capacitors, solid capacitors have a longer lifespan, and provide a more stable power under high temperatures. More importantly, solid capacitors do not have any liquid materials inside, and thus will not suffer a leak which would infringe upon the product’s stability. With such benefits is it no wonder that solid capacitors are very important for product quality's improvement.
  • newegg APS (Active Phase Switching) Active Phase Switching, APS, technology is an intelligent design that helps to save energy on MSI’s motherboards. The underlying idea is to switch off the power supply as soon as no electricity is needed, and when the system needs more resources again, APS will automatically adjust electricity supply accordingly. APS will automatically detect your processor’s loading at any given time and save energy accordingly. This is only possible by means of a very advanced power controlling technology. Other than software-based solutions, APS technology stands out from MSI's own research. The specially developed IC chip can operate automatically depending on the demands of the power supply, which is to reduce the total power usage.
  • newegg 3TB+ Infinity 3TB+ Infinity is not only breaking through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhancing the utilization of hard drives efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology can use the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.
  • newegg Winki 3 Winki 3 is a free Linux-based O/S which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great Deal (UNTIL)

Pros: ##boardfinally died late 2017. Since there was NO VRM cooling, it finally died of heat exhaustion.

This board has the biggest pro a board can have: It was connected to a AMD 8320, 650w PS, R7 260X 2GB OC MSI v.2, 8GB Crucial Ballistix 1866, and Segate 10,000 RPM SATA HD.

Booted on the first shot and has been running ever since with Win 8.

It is stable, quick, and has all the latest and greatest interface. Plays any game that is thrown at it at more than respectable FPS.

Cons: The AMD 8320 is the maximum this board can support, so check the manuf. website FIRST and make sure your processor is on there. It should be, but check anyways.

I see others on here have problems with support if the board is bad. I factored that into my decision... to the point that I almost bought another board!

I do not like companies that sell mail-order, send bad product (it happens), but then charges YOU to send it back. All other complaints are kind of whiny. Any company will make you jump through hoops, send pictures, go through the process, take forever, etc. I don't like it, but I get it. I do not like having to spend more money or time to send back an agreed upon defective product. E-mail me a prepaid slip for pickup at a place of my choosing so I can send it back quickly, then send me a new one that has been tested!!! Not so hard. Get it together guys.

Other Thoughts: Although sold as an OC board, don't do it. Lack of heatsinks make that iffy at best.

This board is best thought of as a quick board with all the latest goodies. Leave it stock!

The setup listed above, with careful shopping, will come in at under $500, out the door. To get your maximum performance on a budget (this was part of a mid-budget gaming build) spend on what you CONNECT to this board. If you want to play with OC, buy another board.

If you want to get the most bang for your buck, use this board and get the fastest processor/ram combo, video card, and drive you can afford.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
fantastic motherboard!

Pros: solid construction, was reasonably priced when I bought it, great specs for its time.

Cons: memory is close for a large cpu heatsink and fan.

Other Thoughts: I have had this motherboard for over two years now, and it is still my primary pc. I am running a 6100 3.3 GHz in it oc'd and I just put a Radeon RX580 on it. I'm about to run 3dMark to see how it fairs, but with a slightly less than middle of the road graphics card in it and not oc'd with 3dMark it performed a little above average. I have not once had a problem with this motherboard.

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5/ 5
this is all the speed with half the cost

Pros: fits nice in case a real solid board

Cons: 3 pci

Other Thoughts: this is a great buy

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Didnt last 1 year again!!!!!

Pros: Boots sometimes
Graphics card works

Cons: Boots with black screen now after 8 months have to reset pc then it will boot.
Terrible location for sata ports
low performance

Other Thoughts: They really need to test there boards for longer periods.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Great while it lasted...

Pros: - Nice features for the price
- smooth install

Cons: - Died after three years of use. I'm a little disappointed as I expected it last longer. Computer froze up, then had no video. After some parts swapping and diagnosis I determined this board was the culprit. I expected better from MSI.

Other Thoughts: - Reccomended for cheap home office or light gaming machine.
- Pretty outdated tech even when I bought it since it's the AM3+ socket. should have done an Intel build...

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
says item is ineligible for return purchased 1-5-17 delivered 1 10 17 ineligible 2 5 17

Pros: your website says 30day exchange

Cons: but 2 5 17 at 25 days after delivery your system is already saying there are no returns allowed. what gives newegg? warranty should be 30 days from delivery do you assemble your computers instantly it takes some time to access the install hard to build or test parts if you don't have them in your possesion. thankfully the board is working with 1 exception usb 3 internal port.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
bios did needed reset

Pros: price

Cons: so get this board and i get every thing installed, and it would not post, no beeps no nothing. so i start pulling off every thing, still nothing, what i finely did was reset the bios, still nothing, then i took the batt out for 15min still nothing then i tried for 30min and what do you know it worked.
i have never had to yank out a batt from a new board before why in h**l did i have to w/ this board, is beyond me.
gave 3 stars because of this.

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4/ 5
MSI 970A-G43

Pros: The BIOS upgrade have really expanded this motherboard abilities. FX CPU, DDR3-2133 and Windows 10 PRO have no problem. Better performance and stability compared to the past. Whether for gaming or daily computing this is a great motherboard. Uses an eight (8) pin PSU CPU header. Easy to OC. Dual boot Linux and Windows with no problem. The operating system integration is wonderful. An inexpensive board that can do a lot. I've had this board for awhile.

Cons: BIOS is not the best. VRM shield could have been added even if just for looks.

Other Thoughts: Purchased a broken MSI 970A-G46 just for the VRM shield; now, it's looks nice. Called MSI who refused to either send a VRM shield or sell a VRM shield.

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