MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition, USB 3.1, AMD 970, S AM3/AM3+, DDR3, PCIe 2.0 (x16), 2 Way SLi, 2 Way CrossFireX, ATX

Scan code: LN63289 Manufacturer code: 970A SLI Krait Edition Request call
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Product Overview MSI USB 3.1 2X Faster
USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gbps, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. USB 3.1 is even faster than SATAIII! Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster.

• 2X faster than USB 3.0
• 20x faster than USB 2.0
• Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
• Boost transfer rate between your PC and external storage devices

Optimized for multiple graphics cards
Get up to 2 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, with optimal placement for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping off from your screen when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD® CrossFire™ gaming setup.

Military Class 4
Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Dark Choke and Solid CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Dark Choke
Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.

Dark Cap
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP`s has been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Isolated Audio PCB
With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Acting like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a isolating path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.

High Quality Audio Capacitors
With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, 970A SLI Krait Edition delivers high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

• Acoustic series
• Lower Tolerance
• Lower Dielectric Absorption
• Lower ESR
• Lower Leakage Current
• Higher Stability

OC Genie 4
With the one-second overclocking option OC Genie we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot straight away. Give your system an awesome performance boost with ease.

Click BIOS 4
The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.

Command Centre
MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

Live Update 6
MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.

Unlimited Ramdisk
MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.

• Speed up system performance
• Load complete game images
• Speed up games, apps and browser

Fast Boot
No more seamless waiting for your O/S to be loaded! MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot lightning fast. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to restart your PC and go straight to the system BIOS.

Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage which doesn't need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

• Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk
• Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process
• Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process Features • Supports AMD FX / Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ processors for AM3+ socket
• Supports DDR3-2133(OC) Memory
• USB 3.1: Delivering speeds up to 10Gb/s, USB 3.1 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection
• USB 3.1 + SATA 6Gb/s
• Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
• OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
• Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
• Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
• Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
• Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
• M-Flash: Simply Update & Backup Your BIOS
• Live Update 6: Easily Update The Latest BIOS & Drivers
Core Specifications
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket AM3+
Chipset AMD 970 / SB950
RAM Memory Support
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Channel Dual (2)
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) UDIMM (Unbuffered)
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • DDR3 - 1066
  • DDR3 - 1333
  • DDR3 - 1600
  • DDR3 - 1866
  • DDR3 - 2133(OC)
Max. Memory Capacity 32GB (4x8GB)
Audio Realtek ALC887 7.1 HD Audio
Graphics Support
Primary GPU Interface PCIe 2.0 (x16)
SLI Support 2-Way SLi
Crossfire Support 2-Way CrossFire
On-Board Graphics Connectors None
Internal Connectivity
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
SATA Support SATA3
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24-pin (Power)
  • 1 x 3-pin Fan
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan Connector
  • 1 x 4-pin Fan
  • 1 x 8-pin (Power)
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Front Panel Audio Header
  • 6 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Serial (COM) Header
  • 2 x System panel connector
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Header
External Connectivity
Network Interface Type Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Chip/Modules 1 x Realtek RTL8111E (Gigabit LAN)
Rear I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 3 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A
Other Motherboard Specifications
Water Cooled No
QPI Speed N/A

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Manufacturer Contact Details
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MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition, USB 3.1, AMD 970, S AM3/AM3+, DDR3, PCIe 2.0 (x16), 2 Way SLi, 2 Way CrossFireX, ATX is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive features the only downside is that the motherboard only has 2 sata connectors otherwise works perfectly with my recently upgraded computer
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Motherboard Fantastic budget motherboard. Looks great in the NZXT S340 (White)... overclocks well too
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality board, there are better for its price range let me start by saying that the quality of the board is great and just what I expected from msi, its got a very thick strong feel to it and the matt black finish looks really nice against a white case, fans, etc. I bought this board after my asus sabertooth started to get random ram errors and as its my spare system my wife sometimes uses I didn't want to spend a great amount on a motherboard, ive always used msi boards were I could and i choose this as I went with a black and white colour scheme and it does look amazing in the nzxt s340 case. I have had no issues with the board at all and everything has been perfect over the week ive been using it, I do have a couple of complaints and this is with the location of some of the connectors, to start with the usb 3 connector is in a terrible place, I use the msi gaming 5 board in my intel system and it is in a much better location on that board, the issue is only really a problem when using sli or crossfire and you are using thick gpu cards as I am using 2 560 ti,s in sli and the bottom card seems to push the connector down bending the plug but its not a major issue, the other issue is again when using dual gpu,s and wanting the use all 6 sata ports as the bottom card partially covers 2 of the sata connctions luckily I only use the 4 on the side of the board so wasn't a problem but will be for anyone wanting to use sli and all 6 sata ports, other than that the board is excellent and works fine even when overclocking my fx 6300 over 4.5ghz. I would recommend this board but unless you really want the white colour scheme I would also highly recommend the msi 970 gaming as it is slightly better laid out with all the sata ports on the side but for the price this is excellent and im sure it will be perfect for many years like all my msi boards.
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not suitable for 8350 CPU This motherboard is fantastic! The BIOS is super simple and straight forward. A flaw I saw though is that in the On board check, it says that one of my fans are disabled is not. Also, the MOBO cannot handle an 8 core CPU. My MOBO has reached up to 80 Degrees in simple Warcraft game play which is ridiculous. It may be better with a 6 core.
Date published: 2015-08-09
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Questions & Answers

will the amd fx 6350 processor run well on this motherboard?

Asked by: reddragon357uk
Answered by: Harris1966
Date published: 2017-07-08

Does this board support NVMe SSD drives?

I can't find any info on the MSI site about this, except a tantalising report that *all* MSI AMD 9* motherboards would have BIOS upgrades to support NVMe. I bought a Scan bundle including this motherboard and would like to be able to add a PCIe SSD, and NVMe seems to be the best way to go...
Asked by: SeaJade
Hello, Please contact system support on 01204 474747. Thanks,
Answered by: LizN
Date published: 2016-01-17

8350 compatibilty issue

according to one of the reviewers they reported high levels of heat with the 8core processor and I was looking to create a new build using my exsisting 8350 but was wondering if I had a all in one liquid cooler if this would sort the issue that was addressed by the reviewer or would I be best looking for another motherboard?
Asked by: MrWhitEwOlF
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MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard
MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard