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GIGABYTE 970A-D3 AMD970 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI RAID SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard

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This board supports CrossFireX in 16x + 4x configuration.
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   SKU:  
62545
   Shipping Weight:   2.8 lbs
   Part #: GA-970A-D3

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Features:

The 970A-D3 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.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 2 Classic GA-970A-D3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 2 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield
Maximum Memory 32 GB
S/PDIF Yes
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor ATX
Processor Supported Phenom II X3 Phenom II X4 Phenom II X2 Phenom II Phenom II X6 Athlon II X3 Athlon II X4 Athlon II X2 Athlon II Sempron
RAID Levels 0 1 5 1+0 JBOD
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Serial ATA/600
Processor Socket Socket AM3+
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Technology HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
Memory Standard DDR3-2000/PC3-16000 (O.C.) DDR3-1866/PC3-15000 DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 DDR3-1333/PC3-10600 DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Width 12"
Depth 8.8"
64-bit Processing Yes
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model 970
Number of Memory Slots 4
Number of PCI Slots 2
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 6
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 3
Onboard Video No
HyperTransport Speed 2600 MHz
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 7
Number of PCI Express x4 Slots 1
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 1
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 1
Network (RJ-45) Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports 6
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
PCI Express Standard PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 5
Memory Form Factor DIMM
ProductId1020379243


Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Audio  
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC889
General Information  
     Brand Name: Gigabyte
     Manufacturer: GIGABYTE Technology, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: GA-970A-D3
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.gigabyte.com
     Product Line: Ultra Durable 2
     Product Model: GA-970A-D3
     Product Name: Ultra Durable 2 Classic GA-970A-D3 Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Serial ATA/600
     RAID Levels: 0
1
5
1+0
JBOD
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 3
     Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Express x4 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Slots: 2
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 7
     PCI Express Standard: PCI Express 2.0
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 5
Interfaces/Ports  
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 1
     Number of PS/2 Ports: 1
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 1
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 8
     Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 2
     PS/2 Port: Yes
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of USB Ports: 10
Memory  
     Maximum Memory: 32 GB
     Memory Form Factor: DIMM
     Memory Standard: DDR3-2000/PC3-16000 (O.C.)
DDR3-1866/PC3-15000
DDR3-1600/PC3-12800
DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
     Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 4
Miscellaneous  
     Certifications & Standards:
  • ErP Ready
  • FCC
  • CE

     Package Contents:
  • Ultra Durable 2 Classic GA-970A-D3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 2 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield

Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports: 6
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 6
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Onboard Serial Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 6
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 8.8" (224 mm)
     Form Factor: ATX
     Width: 12" (305 mm)
Power Description  
     Power Supply Supported: EPS12V
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: 970
     HyperTransport Speed: 2600 MHz
     Processor Socket: Socket AM3+
     Processor Supported: Phenom II X3
Phenom II X4
Phenom II X2
Phenom II
Phenom II X6
Athlon II X3
Athlon II X4
Athlon II X2
Athlon II
Sempron
     Processor Technology: HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
Video  
     Onboard Video: No
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

Customer Reviews of (Gigabyte GA-970A-D3)

Product reviews on NCIX.com are screened for relevance and inappropriate content. Reviews may contain inaccurate information about the product. If there is a discrepancy, please use the Flag this Review link located beside each review. Reviews are not an endorsement expressed by NCIX.com, but opinions from customers based on their own experience with a product. We do not recommend you make purchasing decisions based on facts or opinions expressed in these reviews.
Don_B
07/22/13
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Easy install
great features
Cons
None so far
Summary
Use Gigabyte for a lot of builds, have found them really stable and have had no problems. This board was for my own upgrade to the 8350 cpu, running great and looking forward to trying ot the OC tools.

Jacq
05/20/13
Experience: 15 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
supports me 8 core cpu
Cons
none
Summary
i really happy to this board, it support the fx-8320 right out of the box you dont need to update  the bios. its been running for 3 weeks so far works perfectly.

Andrewww
01/07/13
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Tiny, works pefectly
Cons
None
Summary
Can't be happier! Got this board with a Phenom II X4 processor and it works perfectly.
Nothing bad to say, it's been running for 3 months without a single problem.

Dale_D
12/05/12
Experience: 8 Months
Pros
Good looking, easy to set up, nice features.
Cons
None
Summary
First build I have done with a Gigabyte motherboard. No problems at all. Great list of features for a board in this price range, especially the USB3, SATA3 and AM3+.

Dylan_S
09/11/12
Experience: 5 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
-Great features
-Lots of USB ports
Cons
-Price
Summary
Great board; I would however avoid it at this price range, as it has been at the 80 dollar mark before without a rebate.

John_T
07/03/12
Experience: 7 Days
Pros
Supports the new AMD bulldozer chipsets.
Cons
none so far.
Summary
Initially had bsod, thought it was mobo but turns out it was the corsair RAMs. Changed the RAMs and have been liking it since.

lu_z
07/03/12
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
quality look just normal. No heatsink for power supply unit. got very hot.
Cons
It is stable, and support usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s
Summary
Gigabyte makes good mother board. It has all the functions you need, but quality just normal.

Paul_D
04/16/12
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Good motherboard, two PCI-E16 slots
Cons
None.
Summary
Got this as a bundle deal with a processor, it was a great deal and it works very well. ATX motherboard fit properly in my case and the USB 3.0 ports are a very nice touch.

Warwick_T
02/22/12
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Worked well, good bios for the time being.
Cons
Wouldn't boot after restarting it. It would try to update  my backup BIOS for some reason then would reboot and continue the process. I could sometimes get it to boot to the OS, but only for 15min, then it would auto shutdown. Not sure if I caused this or the mobo, so 3 stars it is. Sent it to NCIX, waiting for them to tell me what happened.
Summary
Good mobo, until it wouldn't boot.

pikaporeon
10/20/11
Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Works well, very full featured BIOS, clear board layout
Cons
CPU Power could be less near the top corner of the board, Northbridge heatsink attachment concerns, narrower than most ATX boards, AHCPI/BIOS speed issue (expanded upon), no firewire
Summary
First and foremost there's a really weird issue with this board. If you enable AHCI after the initial POST screen you see a list of detected drives. The problem is this list often comes up before your USB controller initializes and you miss your chance to "Press DEL to enter setup" unless you have a PS/2 keyboard. Immensely frustrating.

Another concern is I'm not sure how well attached the North Bridge heatsink is. It seems to have a bit of lift. I haven't had any problems, but it's nervewracking.

Beyond those concerns, this is an affordable, very competent board, its narrow which means it might miss a few standoffs, but still stable, and it means you have more room to work around it in your case. Annoyingly, the CPU Power input is in the top left corner, which is quite a stretch for bottom mounted PSUs like I have, and I'd imagine just an awkward angle for top mounted ones.

The overclocking features in bios are diverse, everything is available for you to tweak,and with their tuning solution you can change your HT clock (wrongly named FSB) from Windows. You also apparently can change voltage but it misreported my initial vcore so I didn't want to risk tweaking something that was either potentially polling wrong or changing a different voltage than I had anticipated.

I know I come off a bit negative, but it's a working functional motherboard. All the ports work, you get what you see, I just thought I'd be remiss if I didn't address some potential shortcomings that aren't immediately obvious.

This is my first Gigabyte board, after spending 11 years with ASUS boards, and I'm glad to see that there is no obvious cut-down on quality outside of the heatsink weirdness

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