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Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-970A-DS3P


Amazon Price: $79.79 (as of June 14, 2014 6:12 am - Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

GIGABYTE UEFI Dual BIOS technology GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Classic technology Supports AMD AM3+ FX/ AM3 Phenom II, Athlon II series processors2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interfaces with AMD CrossFire support6 native SATA3 ports with up to 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0,1,5,10 support4 USB 3.0 ports with transfer rates of up to 5Gbps GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00DJ3DWN2
  • Item model number: GA-970A-DS3P
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2013

Customer Reviews

Amazing board for the price.

 December 22, 2013
By Dippindotz
When I was picking out parts for my build, one thing I wanted was a good motherboard, from a great company. When I asked around on forums and such, they recommended 2 brands to pick. Asus or Gigabyte. There were 2 boards from Asus that I didn't know which one to pick. The LE version didn't have as much heatsinks, so I worried if it would overheat a lot. It also didn't have USB 3, which my CM Storm Scout Advanced 2 did have. The other Asus one, was the complete opposite, it had everything I wanted. The only problem is it was $20 more than the LE. Then I saw this board. When I saw it, I knew I was going to get it. It had everything I wanted it, and it was at a reasonable price point.

+USB 3 compatibility
+Sata 6 gbs/s
+Supports Crossfire(2 Amd cards. 'm not 100% sure it does, but I'm pretty sure it does.)
+Nice Bios
+Color Scheme (maybe a con for someone else)
-It might be a bad design in my case or my powersupply, but it was difficult trying to put the 4 pin connector in the header which is located in the top left. I shouldn't be complaining, because some motherboards have the slot in the middle of the board. Since I'm not sure if its the board or not, I won't take points off.

At the end of the day, I love this board. it does everything I want it to, and I know I saved a couple of bucks going with this one instead of the Asus one.

Faster, quiter and cooler motherboard. But has driver problems.

 October 18, 2013
By Anandasubramanian "Harry Turtledove fan"
My Config is:
3 WD Black Caviar drives 1TB each.
AMD Phenom x4 965 BE unlocked.
Windows 7 ultimate

The easy part was getting it all fixed. The board has ample room for a second fan despite having a large CPU cooler 3+1 drives.

The hard part was configuring the OS and drivers.

Gigabyte drivers from Website or from the DVD they give all made my HD extremely slow. The Average Disk Queue Length rose to 22.76 on average. SATA-3 problems i guess.

Ultimately, DriverMax came to my rescure and installed some working drivers which made the disks faster.

My boot time is now 45 seconds on average with a load that includes Acronis, Alcohol 120%, Trend Micro AV.

Apps launch much faster and the board overall never exceeds 40 Deg C despite running CoH 2 for a while.

USB 3 drivers from VIA are included and they, surprisingly, work. Average USB 3 speed is about 110MB/sec which is high.

Overall, the board looks good, but there's always a danger if it falling in performance randomly.

Adequate Board

 December 24, 2013
By David E.
A good board for the price. Though, I don't think Gigabyte is up to par with Win 8.1 compatability totally yet. Some of their utilities won't even install under 8.1. The board works good but boots twice as slow as my previous board.

Gigabyte AM3+

 December 24, 2013
By Dreyer Smit
I love this motherboard. I was concerned it wouldn't support my FX 8320 processor out of the box, but it did. I updated the BIOS right after. Support for multiple cards and up to 32Gb RAM rocks.

Very Nice Motherboard

 June 6, 2014
By Kevin B.
Nice layout, well constructed, easy to use, very pleased with end results! I would purchase another one like this one in the future!


 June 6, 2014
By Nick Garza
I really like this mother board. It's looks and works perfectly I highly recommend that others.buy from here. Because I know I will return

Gigabite motherboard

 May 26, 2014
By Leonard Gregory
This is agood middle of the road motherboard for my system build, good price with alot of excellent features, I just got done with a previous build with an 8 core AMD, I liked it so mutch i'm building one for my self.

Good deal

 May 9, 2014
By Jason
A great MB for the money. Works right out of the box and simple to install and use. Good deal!

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