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Scan code: LN52817 Manufacturer code: GA-970A-DS3P

Gigabyte 970A-DS3P AMD AM3/AM3+ ATX Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P, AMD 970 / SB950, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA3 6Gbps, 2-Way CrossFire, Realtek LAN, USB 3.0, ATX

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Scan code: LN52817 Manufacturer code: GA-970A-DS3P
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Product Overview The 970A-DS3P 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. USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices.

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 Classic

• Humidity Protection: Humidity can play havoc on a motherboard's circuitry.GIGABYTE's new Glass Fabric PCB design helps protect against electrical shorts due to humidity by reducing the gaps in spacing between PCB filaments.
• Electrostatic Protection: GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Classic motherboards feature High ESD Resistance ICs which help protect the motherboard against electrostatic discharge.
• Power Failure Protection: Permanent damage from power surge or failure during BIOS update, can be avoided with GIGABYTE DualBIOS, which automatically enables a secondary, back up BIOS. GIGABYTE also uses Anti-Surge ICs to protect the motherboard against power surges.
• High Temperature Protection: GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures.

UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology
With a superior graphical interface capable of 32-bit color imaging and fluid user-friendly mouse navigation, UEFI DualBIOS™ makes BIOS configuration a new and exciting experience for novice and experienced users alike. UEFI BIOS also brings native support for large hard drives on 64-bit operating systems.

Multi-display support with AMD CrossFire
Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for 2 way AMD CrossFire™ (running at x16, x4 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

On/Off Charge Technology
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger...more
*Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode to enable a quick charge from non On/Off Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.
*Whether to support 3X USB power design, it may vary by models.

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.

Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU
This motherboard designs with Split Power Plane, 4+1 phase VRM to support AMD the latest 45nm AM3 Phenom™II/ Athlon™II processors, delivering the great performance enchantment to system and ultimate scalability hardware expending.

GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration
GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration , a range of the latest technologies that are designed help speed up data transfer, including SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology, SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) technology and an unprecedented 3x USB power boost on USB ports for more power hungry USB devices.

GIGABYTE has completely redesigned EasyTune6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your system.

ErP Lot 6 support
The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union's environmental regulations policy. It is based on concern for the environmental as the proliferation of electronic devices continues, and how to improve energy efficiency for a better and greener life. GIGABYTE supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system efficiency.

Please note: To enable AM3+ AMD FX-Series CPU support, please update your motherboard with the most current BIOS. BIOS updates can be found on GIGABYTE's website. Features • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ technology
• GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™4 Classic technology
• Supports AMD AM3+ FX/ AM3 Phenom™ II, Athlon™ II series processors
• 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interfaces with AMD CrossFire support
• 6 native SATA3 ports with up to 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0,1,5,10 support
• 4 USB 3.0 ports with transfer rates of up to 5Gbps
• GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology

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Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P, AMD 970 / SB950, S AM3+, DDR3, SATA3 6Gbps, 2-Way CrossFire, Realtek LAN, USB 3.0, ATX is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement board My ageing ASUS board started having memory controller problems, but I wasn't ready for a full system upgrade; this board fitted all my old parts; CPU, RAM, etc. and allowed me to keep my desktop running sweetly. Windows 10 handled the swapout with ease (although there is a bit of a trick to enabling re-activation without paying money - but you can Google that!) Good value for money, nice board and easy driver installation.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well with Linux, USB3 is fast I've used Gigabyte boards for years, and they've always given excellent service. I like the layout of the board - even with my 2-slot-hogging video card, there are two PCI Express ports and two PCI slots free along with the extra PCI Express 2.0 slot. This board is well supported in Linux (I use Debian stable - currently version 8 'Jessie') - even the USB 3.0 onboard ports - but you need to add a simple line to GRUB to get it to work: here's how. When you're installing Linux, go into the BIOS and enable iommu in the uefi. (This lets the USB 2.0 slots and the network interface work.) Install as normal. After the install, as root edit /etc/default/grub, and look for the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" Add between the quotes "iommu=soft" [so you now have the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="iommu=soft"] Save the changes. Again as root, run the command 'update-grub'. If you run MInt or Ubuntu, open a terminal and run the same commands prefaced with sudo [sudo gedit /etc/default/grub for instance, to use gedit to edit the file]. Restart the computer, go into the BIOS and disable iommu. Hey presto! All the USB ports, network, sound etc. will work. I'm getting about 70 MiB/S transferring large files to and from an external USB 3.0 drive, as against about 120 MiB/S transferring between internal SATA drives. Oh, I'm a happy bunny!
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent performance Very pleased with the product, so far it's exceeding my expectations. Delivered on time with excellent tracking service.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stress free This was for an upgrade to my sons computer and was an easy install.Coupled with an AMD FX 6300 it is a very stable platform.
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good board Good motherboard, does all I need it to. Was disappointed that there wasn't even one IDE connector tho as all my optical drives are IDE...
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gigabyte ga 970a dsp3 i had found that buying motherboards of other types seem to not make the grade in overclocking i shall not name,names but this board got me to 4.2ghz without no problems on a amd 8320 cpu ,i do suggest you buy one and make sure your cooler copes with the temps so get advice this is a bargain
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent mobo for gaming/multimedia PCs with fast FX CPUs :) Works great with both my FX8320 and FX6350 (which happens to be better for gaming than the 8 core which is abit confusing) iv heard of less cores being best for games anyway as some just dont support all them cores. Anyway this motherboard is quality as usual with Gigabyte fast SATA3 system as someone else said I believe, I have a SATA3 SSD and mine boots within less than 5seconds (win7 startup animation doesnt even get to half way) to complete loading done on desktop. Onboard sound is OK but iv just upgraded to a Audigy FX which certainly sounds alot better. Just wish the PCI-E slots were in different places and maybe well if the 2 PCI were another 2 PCI-E as my network card, sound card and R9 are VERY CLOSE, there would be alot more room and alot LESS HEAT. Anyway on the whole this is a great motherboard the UEFI dual bios its full of features, in hindsight I would of spent the extra 20-30 on the UD3P model which seems to be similar but a higher spec. ONE THING this board ISNT TOO GOOD for OCing your CPU altho I have my 8GB of Corsair 1600 LP black set at 1866MHZ (Max speed CPU can support) and everything is fine and also my GPU OCed. Just CPU wise its not really an OCing board. Overall a very stable very affordable choice for someone looking to build either a budget AMD gaming machine or something a little different but Id say this is defo for 'multi-media' type applications.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple part for a simple job There's nothing really special about this motherboard. Only reason to buy it is because it's so cheap! That's not to say it's bad though. I bought this for the FX 8320 and so far it seems to run extremely well. No problems with the motherboard - it does exactly what it's supposed to.
Date published: 2014-06-13
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Questions & Answers

Would the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P work with an FX-8320, a Gigabyte GTX 660 OC and a Corsair CX430M?

According to the Gigabyte site it should be OK with the FX-8320, but I can't find any other info about it anywhere else online. All results I get seem to be for the GA-970A-DS3, which doesn't support the FX-8320.
Asked by: RevolvingPrawn
yes no problem i have the same cpu
Answered by: lv426xeno
Date published: 2015-07-17

does the AMD FX 6350 Unlocked Six Core Processor Socket AM3+ function with this motherboard.

Asked by: Roblogic
yes you will have no problem check the mit as the settings are set to factory so unlock the board to overclock
Answered by: lv426xeno
Date published: 2015-07-17

does this board support crossfire and can i use a radeon 7950 with it

Asked by: ormey
Unfortunately, this motherboard does not support Crossfire. You will have to get a more expensive motherboard to get that feature. If you look on the specs, Scan make it very easy to tell whether the motherboard is crossfire supported or not. (just use cntl+f to find it) I hope this helped.
Answered by: RTXD
Date published: 2015-07-17

Will this motherboard work with the Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM? I can't find it on the compatible ram sheet from Gigabyte.

Asked by: Fozzie
Yes! I've actually got the exact same RAM module installed so I know it works :)
Answered by: RTXD
Date published: 2015-07-17

which revision of this board is this?

So I just bought this motherboard and it should arrive tomorrow, but whilst browsing the gigabyte website for up to date bios and drivers I noticed that there are at least 3 revisions of this board, so which one will actually be delivered? Personally from a purely aesthetic point of view I prefer the v1.0 shown in the pictures in black and grey as opposed to v3.0 in gigabyte blue and white, but logic would dictate a newer revision would be a better purchase.
Asked by: donnyrich
Board arrived and it's v1.0 (black and grey as shown). Its a good looking board, tho as someone else mentioned the heatsimks are poorly attached and rattle around. Comes with just 2 sata cables, no crossfire or sli bridge (granted the board doesn't actually support sli until nvidia drops the requirement for a minimum 8x pci-e slot), io shield and the obligatory manuals/drivers disk. The bios is outdated and needed flashing to the newest f2h but had no installation or compatibility issues with an amd 4300 and corsair memory, save that I had to manually set the memory speed to 1600mhz as the board defaults to the lowest ddr3 setting. Overall it seems like a fairly decent board for how cheap it was.
Answered by: donnyrich
Date published: 2015-07-17
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