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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • Storage Interface: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots. 2 x PCI slots
  • Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory. Dual channel memory architecture.
  • CPU: Support for AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 Phenom II/Athlon II processor. Chipset: North Bridge: AMD 970, South Bridge: AMD SB950
  • Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec. High Definition Audio. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel. Support for S/PDIF Out. LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
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Technical Details

  • Processor Socket: Socket AM3+
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset Type: AMD 970
  • RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600;DDR3 2000
  • Ram Memory Maximum Size: 32.00 GB
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CPU Model Socket Socket AM3+ AMD - AM3+ LGA 1150 AM3+
Chipset AMD 970 AMD 970 AMD 970 AMD 970
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX ATX
Total PCI slots 7 Information not Provided 5 6
Memory Slots Available 4 4 4 4
Total SATA ports 6 6 6 6
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Product Description

Product Description

Supports newest AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 Phenom II series processors/Advanced 8+2 phase CPU VRM power design for AMD high-TDP CPU support/2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interfaces for ultimate graphics performance/AMD SB950 provides 6 native SATA3 ports with superfast 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support/Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps/Gigabyte 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports/Ultra Durable 3 Classic Technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature/Turbo XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease/Revolution energy saving design with Easy Energy Saver technology/Hi-def 108dB Signal-to-noise ratio Blu-ray DVD audio playback/Patented DualBIOS with Hybrid EFI technology for 3TB HDD support

From the Manufacturer

The 970A-UD3 motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies. Featuring the USB3.0 controller, AMD 900 series motherboards allow users to take advantage of super fast USB transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, delivering 10x faster data transfer compared to USB 2.0. Utilizing the industry's first Serial ATA Revision 3.0 solution via AMD SB950 chipset, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer native 6 ports of next generation high speed data storage devices support with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. The AMD 900 series motherboards introduce a unique hardware design with lower resistance fuses for ensuring lower voltage drops and providing more stable and plentiful power delivery. All USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices

Key Feature

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  • Supports newest AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 Phenom II series processors
  • Advanced 8+2 phase CPU VRM power design for AMD high-TDP CPU support
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interfaces for ultimate graphics performance
  • AMD SB950 provides 6 native SATA3 ports with superfast 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
  • Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
  • GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports
  • Ultra Durable 3 Classic Technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature
  • Turbo XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease
  • Revolution energy saving design with Easy Energy Saver technology
  • Hi-def 108dB Signal-to-noise ratio Blu-ray DVD audio playbackt
  • Patented DualBIOS with Hybrid EFI technology for 3TB HDD support



Overview


Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU
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Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU GIGABYTE's AMD motherboards are ready to support new generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ multi-core processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming.



Ultra Durable 3 – Classic
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GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards once again lead the motherboard industry for the highest quality and most innovative motherboard design. Featuring the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to introduce 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable signature features including Japanese Solid Capacitors boasting an operational life time of more than 50,000 hours, and GIGABYTE patented DualBIOSTM technology (providing dual hardware BIOS protection). GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards promise to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today's most demanding applications and games.



DualBIOSTM 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)
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Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website.

GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOSTM allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS? now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.


Specifications

Model: GA-970A-UD3
CPU Support AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 Phenom II CPU
CPU Socket AMD Socket AM3+
FSB 5200MT/s(HT3.0)
Chipset AMD970+SB950
Graphics Interface 2*PCI-E 2.0x16(x16,x4)
Memory Type Dual Channel DDR3 2000+/1866/1333/1066 MHz
Memory DIMM 4*DDR3(Max 16GB)
Expansion Slots 3*PCI-E 2.0x1+2*PCI
ATA connector 6*SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID 0,1,5,10(SB950)
USB 4*USB3.0+14*USB2.0
Audio 8-channel HD
1394 / LAN 2*1394a / 1*GbE LAN
Features & Software USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, 3x USB power,8+2 phase, Ultra Durable 3- Classic, On/Off Charge, DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support, 108dB SNR Blu-ray, Dolby, EES, ET6
Form Factor ATX (305x244)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 3 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0055Q88EO
  • Item model number: GA-970A-UD3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 11, 2011

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Adam Henry on October 16, 2011
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I bought this motherboard for my recent build. I chose it mostly because it's a fairly new release (2011) and boasts compatibility with AMD's AM3+ CPUs. I noticed it has an AMD 970 and SB950 chipset, for Northbridge and Southbridge respectively. These are fairly new chips I believe and make for a more up-to-date profile on my system build overall.

CPU: I paired it with a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU and it works fine. Again, AM3+ support for future expandability. Check Gigabyte's website for a full list of supported CPUs on this particular motherboard.

RAM Support: It is capable of 32GB RAM, although I only used 8GB of Corsair DDR3 1600MHz memory modules (x2 4GB set). This is probably fine since my Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OS only has support for up to 16 GB of RAM (you can get more with Professional and Ultimate). Also, to get memory clock speeds of 1866 MHz and above you would need to install an AM3+ socket-type CPU (at least that is what the manual suggests).

Graphics Cards: This motherboard has both a X16 and X4 PCI-e 2.0 slot. The X16 full speed version is the one closest to the Northbridge heatsink you see in the stock photo. I put an EVGA GeForce GT440 1GB GDDR3 video card in there and it runs nice and quiet. It is rather annoying though, since I happen to have an aftermarket cooler installed (Cooler Master Hyper 212) that would be to close for comfort if I had a monster video card in place.

SATA: There are no IDE plug-in ports on this thing. Although the BIOS sets up IDE native mode for the SATA controller by default. I switched mine to use ACHI mode since I only have one harddrive installed and I don't want to bother with a RAID set-up. My hard drive is a Western Digital 7200 RPM 1TB 32MB cache type.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jones on October 11, 2011
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After doing some research on what motherboard would best suit me, i ran across this particular model. In my price range, with a lot to offer. I recently built my system, with the amd PII,x4 955. And i can say it runs very well along with the PNY 8gb ram, no compatibility issues with those either.

I know there are not a lot of reviews out there about this model, so i felt compelled to chip in. So don't hesitate on this board, it is actually quite good for what it offers.

pros:
-am3+ (and able to accept that new amd cpu, bulldozer i think is what the kids say it is these days:))
-6 sata ports
-plethora of usb's all over, even some 3.0
-1 fan port for CPU, and 4 additional fan inputs.
-price!
-booted up first try!
-up to 32gigs of RAM!

cons
-price??
-second pci-e slot is x4, so not really a contender for sli or crossfire...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angel on February 22, 2012
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I had to upgrade my husband's computer so I decided to go with GIGABYTE motherboard this time, previously I used ASUS for my own desktop. I have no complains about ASUS, but couple of things made me purchase this motherboard instead (for instance, I like the fact it has USB 3 ports in the back AND also USB 3 internal header for expansion) Easy to install, no issues with performance either. I paired it up with AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, and this baby runs without glitches. My hubby is very happy and I'm glad I decided to give GIGABYTE a try. Definitely thinking of getting an upgrade for myself soon with newer motherboard and processor.

P.S. Install memory cards and CPU fan before placing motherboard and screwing it in place, since ATX slot is pretty close to the memory cards and it could be difficult to manipulate your modules with all the wires in your way. Especially if you're planning on using all 4 slots.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Sanders on December 9, 2011
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Just installed this in my new build with a Phenom II x4 955 3.2Ghz Black Edition! This board features 6 SATA III onboard ports, 2 rear USB 3.0 ports, and support for 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 front ports! I chose an 8Gb Kingston Hyper X Blue Ram kit. This baby screams! Note: You will need a graphics card as there are no monitor ouputs on the motherboard itself! I used a EVGA GT 430 card. It's not too expensive but works great for my needs as I'm not a big gamer!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Noyes on November 22, 2011
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This isn't the ultimate gaming platform but it is a solid choice for a nice mid-range system build. Using Corsair DDR3 RAM and an AMD 955 black edition phenom II X4 this is a quick machine. There is only one PCIe-16x slot and one PCIe-4x slot. While crossfire is supported (SLI is not) having the second card on a lower bandwidth slot is far from ideal (this is why this isn't a real gaming platform). I've seen some complaints about the SATA connectors being an issue when using this motherboard inside of an Astec Three Hundred case; if you are careful about running cables and keeping things neat this shouldn't be an issue (it isn't for me).
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2012
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I purchased this mobo based on the multiple positive reviews it received. Unfortunately, I didn't pay enough attention while reading those reviews to realize that most of the reviewers were using middle of the line processors and less than maximum RAM. When paired with an AMD FX-6100, an Nvidia GTX560 (overclocked), and 16gig Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz RAM, this mobo failed to live up to expectations.

The first board I received was so unstable that I was unable to successfully install the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium). The computer would freeze after 2-3 minutes forcing me to execute a hard reboot. It even froze while I was trying to run Memtest86 in an attempt to see if faulty RAM was my problem. So I returned the board and received a replacement. The second board performed marginally better. I was able to load Windows and run all the updates. But any time the computer was put under any sort of serious work load it would freeze. It also froze several times on start-up.

It took a lot of research and several hours of work to figure out how to solve the problem. Like most motherboards the GA-970A-UD3 is designed to continuously adjust the power consumption of your computer components in order to conserve energy - it slows everything down when the workload is light and ratchets everything up when the workload increases. Unfortunately the BIOS on these boards is faulty and the mobo does a VERY poor job of power management - particularly with regards to supplying power to the RAM. Changing the CMOS to the "guaranteed stable" settings (as opposed to the optimized defaults) didn't help. Flashing the BIOS to the most current update didn't work either.
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