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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Dropped 4 eggs in less than 2 months 12/13/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I originally had high hope for a successful build that could last for a few years, but this motherboard disappoints me. All started when it was about 1 month into operation. I was blaming Microsoft at first when I discovered that my machine had rebooted over night. I thought they were pushing patches out to my computer. Then came one evening while I was working on my project, the computer rebooted all of a sudden. It started to get worst and the self reboot became more frequent. A couple weeks ago it got so bad that it would power up and lit my keyboard but would do nothing else. No fan. No video. No beep. Only the power light and the keyboard light came on.

I resorted unpluging the power and pluging the power back.

I pushed the power button and it came back on. The system reported that the BIOS was corrupted and needed to restore from backup BIOS. I had no choice but to accept it. The restore took about 1 to 2 minutes. The process was nerve racking. What happened if it would not restore? Brick?

The system finally came back up after the BIOS restore. Fortunately, I bought this motherboard for work so I did not have to mug around the BIOS setup except boot orders.

But the whole idea is that I wasn't even supposed to come to this point and tell you my experience, correct?

Anyway, the system continues to do its usual random reboot the past couple of weeks now. I don't know what to do. The board has not been overclocked. I have sufficient cooling fans. I don't overclock my CPU. I don't overclock my memory. I don't overclock my video card. I did not even upgrade BIOS because it says it already has the latest version! I use a 850W power supply and the system is connected to a UPS so there should not be any power stability issue. Something bad had developed.

Cons: With a kind heart, I thought that there was a silent majority who bought and would love this motherboard. I now hate to become a new tally on the bad motherboard column. I now believe in every word those owners who have experienced the problem of random reboots. It is because I am living in such nightmare.

I now conclude that this motherboard is not stable and not trust worthy.

Other Thoughts: I wrote an initial review on 11/23/2015 praising this MB and gave it 5 eggs. I now declare that my initial assessment was wrong. I am sorry to those who made a purchase decision based on my initial review.

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Latest Rev 2.0 board with FB version Bios 10/23/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P (rev. 2.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I looked up and down for CPU/Motherboard/Memory combo deals after my old Phenum II X2 died last week. The combo deal I got from Newegg consisted of: AMD FX-6300 six cores CPU, 16GB of RipJaw DDR3 RAM, and this motherboard (Gigabyte 970A-UD3P) for around $250. I was in a state of desperate for a replacement workstation. The price was right and I like the idea of going from 6GB (old system) to 16GB, 4 cores to 6 cores. This combo seemed to fit my configuration as a development workstation. So I hit the button and order one.

Cons: That night, I decided to read up on the items that I had ordered. The CPU and the memory were mostly good. I went over many posts on other forums and many feedbacks on this MB. Most were pretty favorable as well coming from many overclockers. I was in shock when I saw the Newegg buyer reviews on the motherboard. Over 30% of the reviews were unfavorable and a large number of them were very recent. At first I was a little angry thinking if my deal seemed too good simply because Newegg wanted to dump their bad lot of inventory. I got cold feet and almost wanted to halt the order.
I also checked on other MBs and many were also having pretty high rate of complaints. Not a good sign!
2 days later, my order came. I gave the board a very careful visual inspections -- under 8x magnifying glass. Looked to me the solder joints on the board were done very well. PCB traces were as good as it could get. No scratch was found. The heatsinks were mounted properly. So both the electrical and mechanical construction seemed OK at the first glance. By the way, the board is Rev 2 and it has the FB version BIOS already flashed. So there is not a thing I needed to do as far as firmware goes.
I wired everything up. Electrically, everything went smoothly without any problem. It powered right up in my first try. Windows failed to start up due to too many changes of hardware, so I went ahead and reinstall Windows. The process went rather smoothly. Many people complained that Windows 7 installation would fail. Not mine. No problem. Installed all the drivers came with the CD/DVD. No issue found. Installed video driver (EVGA GTX 750Ti 2GB). No problem. Installed power monitoring software for my CyberPower UPS. No problem. The new system seemed to draw more power (113W - 220W compared to that of 82W - 180W). All Windows patches installed. No problem. All hardware driver installed and recognized without a hiccup.
I am not interested in overclocking so I left every BIOS setting default without changing a thing. The system will automatically OC itself to 4100MHz when it needs to. When green mode kicks in idles around 1400MHz although normal speed is 3500MHz. Now that I think of it, I actually like the idea of having an overclock-able setup but to run it as is so I can expect a pretty darn good durability down the road. It's just me.
I ran a few burn in benchmark programs. I did not pay much attention to the numbers. I just wanted to make sure that the system was able to handle some loads. The system has been left on for 3 days now; however, I did turn it off a few times just to let the system cooled to room temperature and restarted with loads. The entire system seems to be doing just fine without any problem so far.

Other Thoughts: I am beginning to wonder if there are actually a silent majority out there! I just cannot think of another reason why MBs commonly have >20% of unfavorable product reviews. But people will keep buying them even though many appear not to like it. What and why is that? I supposed those who found problems were either pushing too far, compatibility issues, user training, or there really are product issue.
At this point. Only time will tell if my system will continue to run before it fails on me. Otherwise, I rate this experience a 5 eggs buy.

Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have 7 of the WRT54G/GL routers all because of the two build-in serial ports. This gem is like a dream comes true to all of us hackers who want to control micro controllers via WiFi to serial communications. The reliability so high it is unbelievable for a $50 product!

Cons: None to me, but probably some to speed thrusty buyers because it is not a 802.11n router. My only purpose of buying this is for micro controller projects.

Other Thoughts: Ordering 2 more for new iPad controllable projects for church.


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Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 08/24/04

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