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MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)

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  • CPU: Socket AM3+; Supports 64-bit AMD FX/ Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2/ Sempron Processors; Supports HyperTransport 3.0; FSB up to 4.8GT/s
  • Chipset: North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset
  • Memory: 4x 240pin DDR3-2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066/800 DIMMs, Dual Channel, unbuffered; Max Capacity up to 32GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots(Support SLI & CrossfireX); 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots; 2x 3.3V/5V PCI Slots
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10
  • Ports: 12x USB 2.0 Ports(6 rear, 6 by header); 2x USB 3.0 Ports; 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse?Port; 1x Serial Port; 1x Optical SPDIF Out; 1x RJ45 Port; Audio I/O Jacks
  • Form Factor: ATX
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MSI 970A-G46 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ DDR3/ CrossFireX & SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 32 GB DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 6
Brand Name MSI
Item model number 970A-G46
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 12 x 2.5 x 8.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12 x 2.5 x 8.9 inches
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Voltage 1.5 volts

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4.0 out of 5 stars 236 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #718 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
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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Date First Available September 26, 2011

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I wanted a relatively inexpensive but full-featured motherboard as a component in the system I am building. This product fit the bill in all particulars--its UEFI bios is fantastic--much better than the reviews of the UEFI in this board led me to believe it would be. This is my first UEFI product and, frankly, I could not see how it could be much of an improvement over a plain-Jane bios. I am happy to report that this board's UEFI exceeded my expectations--I won't be buying anything else without it in the future. Aside from this UEFI being as fully user-adjustable as I could have wanted--lots of "tinker" features--boot time for this UEFI from cold-boot power on to the Windows loading screen is roughly 5-7 seconds! A bios will generally take 20-30 seconds to get that far into the boot process--as a result, this board fully boots to Windows in about half the time of a bios board. Unexpected bonus!

My board shipped with UEFI version 1.4. Checking it out through the included MSI Live Update feature, I found the latest UEFI version for the product to be 1.7. I used MSI's Live Update through Windows and the update installed perfectly--without a hitch. Highly recommended. (Some people are scared of this method, but I've never been burned by it.)

I settled on the MSI product over, say, the Asus and other brands in the price range, because out of all of them only the MSI board provides me with dual PCIe gpu bandwidth (for CrossFire or SLI) of 16x x 8x. All of the other products in the price range supplied dual gpu support of 16x x 4x--which seems very unbalanced to me--the dual-gpu support in those cases would effectively be limited to 4x. You are much better off with 16x x 8x if you can't have 16x x 16x, than with 16x x 4x.
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Pros: Has 2 USB 3.0 ports which is great. Supported my AMD FX-8150 right out of the box so no need to flash it. SATA connections are well placed. Within 20 minutes, this board was up and running without any issues at all.

Cons: The 8pin is located on the top left of the board which makes installing a liquid cooling system in a case with a bottom mounted PSU a little tricky. I was able to get it to work, but it's snug. Heat dissipation could be a little better. OC Genie II was a little confusing at first, but I figured it out (was a long day for me).

Other Thoughts: Interestingly enough, I am much happier with this board than I am another much more expensive board from ASUS.

My build:

AMD FX-8150 8 Core Black Edition running @ 3.9ghz
AMD FX Liquid Cooling
Galaxy 560 GTX video card
Kingston HyperX Black 16gb DDR3 1600
700W Rosewill Stallion PSU
LG Blu Ray / DVD / CD burner
Rosewill Redbone Case
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By adam h on November 3, 2012
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Bought this motherboard for my new computer build.Alot of ppl tell me that this is a bad board but so far i disagree! From day one i installed all my equipment into it and it started right up picked up my ram cpu dvd drive and 4 other hard drives right away.Installed windows 7 ultimate x64 and this thing rocks!!!!!!
Heres my specs:
MSI 970A-G46
AMD FX-8120 3.1 GHZ 8 Core CPU
8GB G.SkillSaw DDR3 1600 Memory
MSI N630GT 4GB DDR3 Video Card
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer CPU cooler
Cool Power 980W Power Supply
Lightscribe DVD=/- Burner

From first boot it handles amazizngly!!!! People told me never never put a AMD FX-8120 into this motherboard but you know what? I havent overclocked it or anything but temps are low on MB and CPU no worries here.I LOVE having 8 cores compared to my old P4 computer. IT Kills install time!!!!!!!! Moving files from hard drive to hard drive is super fast most time i dont even have that lil window pop up sayin how long til it moved.. Buy this board if ur on a budget or you want a kick ass computer that will last you awhile. But just to repeat i dont overclock so i cant say if you overclock it how itll handle. but still a sweet MB
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Not an ideal board for fx8350 users! Apparently the fx 8350 cpu can draw more than 120w when it's reaching maximum load which will cause some hiccups to occur. One of these hiccups includes intermittent disconnects from lan connection. I've had the issue on both my wireless usb nic and the integrated wired nic.
It's been a persistent issue since day one using this board and I've tried updating the bios, reformatting with a different version of windows, disabling OC features in bios, the list is nearly endless...

This issue is the only thing I dislike about the board. I'm sure that if I were using a lower end cpu with less power consumption this wouldn't be an issue.
Also, side note - we also have another pc with the same mobo/cpu combo but with a different gpu and that rig also experiences the same problem. This other pc is used lightly since its operator is 70 years old.
(the other 3 pc's in the house have zero issues with lan disconnections, just the two with this mobo+cpu combo)
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When used in conjunction with the parts recommended on page 37 of MaximumPC Magazine, Mar 2014 issue, it is a real hummer. Not only is it fast, but it is very quiet. While the original recommendation was to use Windows 8.1, it will run XP and Windows 7 OK, too.There are plenty of USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It does not support IDE, but a USB floppy drive works just fine. There are six SATA connections that support SATA I, II and III. It has many features that most will probably never use, but they are available for those who desire additional accessories. For example, it is specifically designed for overclocking in the BIOS. It is known for its high stability and top quality and is Military Class II. People can findout more about the specifications at [...]
I have built a number of computers ever since the 386 days, and this one is unsurpassed.
The supplier delivery time was fast and deserves a 5-star overall rating, based on my experience.
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