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Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P Motherboard Review

Rey Basti

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Budget concious AMD fans out there would be greatly pleased with the value socket AM3+ motherboard in the form of Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P. The board is design to support the latest AMD FX series processor with code name Vishera.

To give you the best of both worlds from performance to value ratio, it features the AMD 970 chipset on the Nort Bridge while the famous SB950 takes care of the South Bridge. It is cheaper than its AMD 990FX rival though, they differ only in the number of lanes. Performance and value wise, the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P is definitely a good choice.

Ultra Durable 4

The Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P belongs to the Ultra Durable 4 series motherboard that promises an extreme durability on it. It uses top of the line components and circuit protection to meet the demands of gaming enthusiasts.

The board uses the all Solid caps and low RDS MOSFETs which is rated far higher than ordinary components. They are designed to work with extreme temperature level so that it will give an optimum performance even during under pressure. This is great for overclocking purposes.

Some of the best protection from the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P is the Humidity protection. The all new glass fabric PCB design protects the board from unwanted short circuit. This made it possible by reducing the PCB filament spacing.

The board also protected from electrostatic using a high resistance IC. Power surge can cause permanent damage on the part of the board. This can be avoided by adding an anti surge IC on the board. By doubling the physical BIOS the CMOS settings can safely store on the second BIOS that will serve as a backup.

More Features Ahead

If you love to play games, multiple graphics is definitely the way to go. The Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P supports the 2-way AMD CrossFire multi graphics configuration. However, NVidia SLI fans would be dissanpointed with it because it doesn’t support it. The first PCIe slot runs at x16 while the second runs at x4 bandwidth.

Power phase plays vital role in overclocking, this is the reason why it features a total of 5-phase VRM to boosts the 45nm and 32nm platform processors from AMD. To speed up data transfer, the Gigabyte 333 Onboard Accelerator technology takes care of every aspect on the board. This includes the USB 3.0 with 3x power and the SATA 6GB/s.

The fun way to overclock is using the Easy Tune 6. If you refuse to sweat and go down dirty while novice user will be highly delighted with it. A Software that provides the simplest way to tweak your desired OC speed with just a click away.


The Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard has an excellent PCB design and packs with features that will surely amaze those who are seeking for the best value AM3+ motherboard. The board is pretty much of a straightforward on its design that doesn’t include too much extras for a demanding user to satisfy their needs.

The back I/O panel doesn’t give too much emphasis on the USB ports, eSATA, Videos and Analog audio. Though, it also got the older PS/2 mouse and keyboard. Being an Ultra Durable 4 motherboard, it a good thing to have those durable components and pretection for longitivity. The most compelling part of the board is the price, considering its performance and features you’ll end up a very please with it.

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