MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard

MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard

MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard

MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • AMD 970 and SB950 Chipset
  • AMD Socket AM3+/AM3
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR3-2133 (OC)
  • 6 x SATA III Ports
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slots
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 / 2 x PCI Slots
  • Realtek ALC1150 7.1-Channel HD Audio
  • Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN
  • NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFire Support
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MSI GTX970 overview

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The MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard runs on the AMD 970 chipset and supports AMD FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron processors in its AM3/AM3+ socket. It is designed to provide gamers with optimal features and technology, and fits in cases that support the ATX form factor. The 970 Gaming is optimized for multiple graphic cards and supports Windows 8.1, 8, and 7 operating systems.

This motherboard has four RAM slots that can support up to 32GB (8GB per slot) of non-ECC, unbuffered DDR3 RAM. They support the following memory speeds: 2133 (OC), 1866, 1600, 1333, and 1066 MHz. The 970 Gaming also has a total of six SATA III ports, and for speed and data backup it provides options of RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10. Furthermore, the back I/O panel has eight USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports for additional peripheral device compatibility. This motherboard supports multiple GPUs, with two PCIe 2.0 x 16 slots for either 2-way NVIDIA SLI or 2-way AMD CrossFire technology.

Network connectivity is achieved using the Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller that automatically prioritizes gaming network traffic. Integrated Realtek ALC1150 Codec supports 7.1 channel high-definition audio and S/PDIF out. MSI's 970 Gaming has been constructed with Military Class 4 components including Super Ferrite Chokes, Dark Cap capacitors, Hi-c Caps, and more. There are also overclocking tools for enthusiasts such as OC Genie 4 for easy one-button overclocking. Additional downloadable software such as MSI Command Center, Live Update 6, and Unlimited Ramdisk help you manage  and maintain your system.

Ready for AM3+ and AM3 Socket Processors
This motherboard supports AMD AM3+ and AM3 multi-core processors with L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 4.8 GT/s via the HyperTransport 3.0 system bus.
AMD 970 and SB950 Chipset
The AMD 970 chipset is designed to support up to 4.8 GT/s HyperTransport 3.0 interface speeds and PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD's AM3+ sockets and multi-core CPUs to provide solid system performance and overclocking capabilities.


Killer E2200 LAN
Killer LAN automatically detects and accelerates game traffic, prioritizing it ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and a competitive edge. You can also manually manage the priority list for a more personalized application.
Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards
With two strategically placed PCIe 2.0 x 16 slots, you can install dual graphics cards for better gaming performance while they stay cool.
Gaming Device Port
Gaming Device Ports are optimized to deliver better connectivity for your high-end gaming mouse. These ports use 3x more gold than regular connectors, last 10x longer even with frequent plugging and unplugging, and prevents oxidation for increased responsiveness, smother gameplay, and faster reactions.


With a combination of MSI Audio Boost 2 and Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you'll have access to high quality audio for crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated sound card by physically isolating the audio circuitry for less interference. Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 gives you the upper hand by letting you hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Additional features include:

  • Dual Headphone Amplifiers - Front and rear audio ports powered by Audio Boost 2 provide you with high quality, studio-level sound up to 600Ω for your headphones.
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors - Professional level Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specifically designed for audio purposes delivers: lower tolerance, lower dielectric absorption, lower ESR, lower leakage current, and higher stability for crystal clear sound.
  • Golden Audio Connectors - Provides you with better signal output with less chance of distortion. The dedicated amplified outlet is colored red and optimized for studio-grade headgear while ensuring signal conductivity that won't wear over time.


Military Class 4 Components
This motherboard is constructed with Hi-c Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes, Solid CAPS, Super Ferrite Chokes, and Dark Caps that ensures your PC runs more stable even under extreme gaming conditions.
Dragon Heatsink
An over-sized south bridge heatsink helps to further dissipate heat so you can leave your PC on 24 hours a day.


Click BIOS 4
In this Windows 8 optimized UEFI BIOS, the user interface reacts faster, runs smoother, and has better mouse support allowing you to easily navigate through and adjust settings.
OC Genie 4
OC Genie 4 is a one-second overclocking option that instantly gives you more performance at the click of a button.
Live Update 6
This software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, and software for maximum performance and stability.
Command Center
Command Center allows you to adjust system settings to increase stability, overclocking performance, and cooling features.
Unlimited RAMdisk
With RAMdisk, you can create a virtual drive from your system's memory for faster speeds. It can speed up your system's performance, load complete game images, and speed up games, apps, and browsers.
Smart Fan Control
Smart Fan Control gives you complete control for your fans on the motherboard. With it, you can monitor the status of the fans, set profiles, and record fan speed, voltage, and temperature status.
In the Box
MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard
  • Case Badge
  • Door Hanger
  • Cable Labels
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    MSI GTX970 specs

    CPU Supports AMD FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron processors using the AM3 or AM3+ socket
    FSB/Hyper Transport Bus HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 4.8 GT/s
    Chipset AMD 970 and SB950 chipset
    Memory (RAM) 4 x DDR3 memory slots supporting up to 32 GB
    Supports DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133*(*OC)
    Dual channel memory architecture
    PCI Slots 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
    PCI_E2 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x16 speed
    PCI_E4 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x8 speed
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
    2 x PCI slots
    Multi-GPU Support Supports 2-way AMD CrossFire technology
    Supports 2-way NVIDIA SLI technology
    On-Board SATA AMD SB950 Chipset
    6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
    Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID5, and RAID 10.
    USB AMD SB950 Chipset:
    14 x USB 2.0 ports (8 x ports on the back panel, 6 x ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

    VIA VL806 Chipset:
    4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 x ports on the back panel, 2 x ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connector)
    These USB 3.0 ports do not support M-Flash recovery function.
    Audio Realtek ALC1150 Codec
    7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
    Supports S/PDIF output
    LAN Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller
    1 x LAN port on the back-panel
    Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7/8/8.1
    Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power
    1 x 4-pin CPU fan
    2 x 4-pin system fan
    2 x 3-pin system fan
    1 x Front panel audio
    2 x System panel
    1 x Chassis Intrusion
    1 x TPM module
    1 x Serial port
    1 x S/PDIF-Out
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    1 x Slow mode booting switch
    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
    1 x Optical S/PDIF-out
    6 x OFC audio jacks
    BIOS The motherboard BIOS provides plug-and-play BIOS, which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically. It also provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
    Dimensions ATX: 12.0 x 9.6" (30.5 x 24.4 cm)
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    Package Weight 3.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.7 x 10.8 x 2.5"

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