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GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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The GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P (Rev. 2.0) offers a blend of performance and features for those looking to build a power house without breaki ng the bank. Powered by AMD 970 and AMD SB950 chipset, this motherboard supports AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 series CPUs, and features two PCIe x16 slots with 2-way CrossFire support for scalable graphics performance based on your needs. The Gigabyte exclusive Ultra Durable technology utilizes a range of design and components to ensure maximum durability, reliability and protection against humidity, power surges, electrostatic discharge, and even BIOS failure. You'll also delight in the high quality audio capacitors and dedicated audio hardware separation that brings onboard audio far beyond your expectation. The USB 3.0 and SATA III will save you time while transferring large libraries of files. Best of all, this model supports ErP Lot 6 environmental regulations, thus you can experience the performance and features in a more eco-friendly way.

  • newegg GIGABYTE Ultra Durable GIGABYTE Ultra Durable debuts on GIGABYTE motherboards, with a range of features and component choices that provide record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan. Its all Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS (on) MOSFETs are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan. Gigabyte uses Anti-Surge ICs to protect the motherboard against power surges, and features High Resistance ICs which help protect against electrostatic discharge.
  • newegg Humidity Protection Humidity can play havoc on a motherboard's circuitry. A part of the GIGABYTE's GIGABYTE Ultra Durable design, the new Glass Fabric PCB design helps protect against electrical shorts due to humidity by reducing the gaps in spacing between PCB filaments.
  • newegg Ultra Safe GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS means that your motherboard has both a 'Main BIOS' and a 'Backup BIOS', making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.
  • newegg High Quality Audio Capacitors GIGABYTE Ultra Durable motherboards use high quality Nippon Chemicon ARE series audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for user experience.
  • newegg Dedicated Audio Hardware Zone Separation on the PCB layer protects the board's sensitive analog audio components. This model also features separate analog and digital ground to protect against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).
  • newegg Multi-display support with AMD CrossFire Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for 2-way AMD CrossFire (running at x16, x4 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising resolution.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
- A nice, older motherboard (new version though) that arrived reasonably promptly from the other side of the world.

Pros: - My old AMD FX system has now roared back to life!

Cons: - The USB 2 ports do not work which is a bit of a pain, but the USB 3 ports (of which there are 4) work well enough. Google seems to indicate this is not an isolated issue. Only reason I have dropped 1 'egg' from this review and this is no fault of the seller...

Other Thoughts: - It is a difficult choice when considering whether to resurrect an older system as I have done or simply junk the old system and start afresh. The extortionate prices of RAM and graphics card at the end of 2018 decided the issue for me and I have had no regrets so far.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5

Pros: I always think highly of Gigabyte.

Cons: It seems as if the defective items were blindly sold to anyone.

Other Thoughts: If possible. ID APPRECIATE IT IF IT WAS REPLACED WITH ANOYHER NAMED Mobo. Iknow it was an Asus. I previously ordered it.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
1/ 5
A very bad board

Pros: Nothing to like about Gigabyte. They seem to have a problem will their AMD platform including AM4

Cons: Just about everything is bad except for the DVD if that if useful :(

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1/ 5
Gigabyte Failed me.

Pros: Hard to find one. The usual well thought out layout of internals is there.

Cons: First board died in 7 days.
Second board doesn't like half of my USB devices consistent issues with most legacy USB.
First board died and the replacement, of course, triggered Windows decertification of my Win 10 License.

Other Thoughts: So, to close, this board Cost me money, time, and frustration beyond the usual 'joys' of shopping remotely. I will consider any choice of Gigabyte products Long and Carefully before choosing them over another established and reputable Motherboard Manufacturer.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Cheap Quality Board

Pros: -Price, I got it for $74.99 USD.
-Backwards compatible with the Athlon II and Phenom II model CPU's, since I still have an Athlon II 640 and a Phenom II 965 BE CPU as spares, But able to handle the FX 6120 I picked up for $20 USD off my oldest kid to give to my youngest.
-Has plenty of legacy support for the PCI interface, which affects me because I use 2 PCI devices, 1 sound card and 1 wireless adapter.

Cons: -First one came in DOA, this is part of the reason for the 2 egg rating. (this issue will be covered in the optional comments section. (Main reason for the 2 egg rating)
-The heat sinks on both the VRM and North Bridge are lightly mounted with springs and move very readily. This causes great concern with there ability to be able to sufficiently cool the components. (part of the 2 egg rating)
-Only supports 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound through the optical out port which forces the need for other equipment. (That is a receiver BTW.) In my case this is not needed as I have a Creative sound card so this did not affect me but will other people.
-Thin PCB. This is a very thin board so you must handle with kid gloves on to not hurt the board by just moving it. The first one crackled as I took it out of the anti-static bag it was shipped in, definitely does not give the impression of quality. (part of the 2 egg rating)
-The mounting hole for the upper right hand mount is located so close to the ram locking tabs that I had difficulties getting that screw in. Case is an older Antec 902 that I gave to my youngest kid for a case. I needed to use an 18" long screwdriver to mount this screw because of the top edge of the case would be in the way of a standard length screw driver's handle and the ram lock tab issue making for a bad angle at the head of the screw. Being a mechanic I had one handy but come on Gigabyte, think about placement of these things. (part of the 2 egg rating)

Other Thoughts: DOA issue: After receiving the first board I built the system and the trouble code indicated issues with the GPU. I tried 3 known good GPU's in it with the same error, 1x BFG Nvidia 9800GTX+ (yes it is still kicking and doing good), 1x Saphire Radeon 4870 (yes this one too is still kicking and doing well) and finally took one of the GPU's out of my gaming rig a Asus R9 280 CUII top edition and all had the same issue. The CPU, a FX 6120, is known good because I had it in my gaming rig before upgrading to a FX 8350 for myself. The ram was tested in my system and was proven to be stable. (New and ordered at the same time G.Skill Ripjaws X, F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL) The PSU is known good but tested the board with a different PSU to be sure. There was no 2 ways about it the board arrived dead. This is not Newegg's fault but is a quality issue with Gigabyte. Buyer be ware of this product.

Knowing that this motherboard was prone to issues, just read other reviews of this board (I have seen issues with this board over in TomsHardware forums where I'm a regular so I knew I was buying a problematic board), I ordered it just before December to rebuild my kids PC to give time to get a bad one in and ship it back and be able to get one sent back to me to have it before Christmas for her present. I find it sad that the consumer has to think this way to assure a good product as a present for someone.

The reason for buying this board was the one that was originally installed, AsRock A770DE+, had the VRM mosfets start to overheat and melt the PCB. At the time a Phenom II 965 BE was installed and only had DDR2 memory installed @1066MHz. I refuse to pay $200+ for an AM3+ motherboard that is out of production so I chose the $75 USD Gigabyte option over the Asus options available because I have seen more issues with the Asus options Newegg had then the Gigabyte board in the $150 price range. Picked the best of the evils I guess.

At the time of this writing the new board is in and being stress tested for stability and I will update this post with the results and if it fails within the warranty period.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Working Wonderful!

Pros: Have AMD FX-8350 Black Edition, motherboard is in older edition Antec 900 case, running G. Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL (2 x 4GB) memory. Currently, running PNY GeForce GT 710 graphics card. Running Windows 10 Pro. No issues and compatibility.


Sept 3, 2018 - Update, had an issue with the Gigabyte motherboard freezing up and shutdown. The issue was not the board; but, the power supply, which was a little older unit. I also, increased the memory from 8 gig to 16 gigusing G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series DDR3 1600 memory. In addition, pulled the CPU cooler and replaced it with Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo with Black Cover, with dual 120 mm fans, dropped the temps significantly. The Cooler Master has maybe little less than an inch clearance from the Antec 900 side panel.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Recommend this board - YES!

I finally, with the available time, assemble 2nd Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard, with same processor as the first one. Running G. Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600, 4 sticks 8 Gig each. Running Windows 10 Pro with PNY SSD. This board was a replacement for my older ASRock H77M which crashed. It took a 10th to load windows and the required software. More to follow.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
no problems so far on that one after a month

Pros: * real easy to OC cpu's ans ram.
* heats a bit too much to my taste, but with my specs and old system.. im cooling that machine like jack frost..
and its ok.

Cons: * no amd FX above the 8370 but hey... am asking a bit much. ( was thinkint to get a fx-9xxx but im still happy.

Other Thoughts: * OC a FX-8120 to 4 Ghz no prob so far - 3 weeks
* OC 2 4Ghz ddr3 kingston hyperx 1600 to 1866 timing working ok with board

* i had a asus m5a99x evo r2 that i turned a screw too far on ( not a flat one :-(( ) and fried it ) this was the
best replacement ( nw ) i could find since i hav everything but the MoBo- for under 100$ im quite happy..
managed to oc'ed my old ddr3 ram a bit more and its stable.

* i read all the reviews here and if it blow up after a month or 2, ill comment it here. but im quite glad since
the first one i was shipped ran so hot, the aux 12v connector melted no joke..
this one was re sent works like a charm.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
So Far, So Good. Poor QC on Construction

Pros: Works well so far, no complaints. I don't really overclock, so not an issue here. Bought this board because I loved my previous Gigabyte board.

Cons: Board had a loose heat sink next to the processor when I went to install. It wasn't anything too crazy, but it does wobble slightly. I don't kick my tower or anything like that, so I'm not too worried. Whoever Gigabyte outsourced their QC too did a terrible job.

Other Thoughts: Based on the other reviews concerning board construction, and the lifespan of this board, I would not recommend it to another builder. Fix your internal QC Gigabyte, this is how companies lose customers!

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