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MSI 970 GAMING Motherboard Review

Rey Basti

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Since the introduction of the famous Vishera CPU from AMD consumer are continuously seeking for lower price alternative motherboard which is capable for gaming. The MSI 970 GAMING motherboard will definitely satisfies the needs of any budget conscious gamers out there. The price point for this board is only at $100 which almost everyone can grab it. However, the big question in mind is that, is it capable for overclocking and performs as we expected?

The latest AMD processor design have mainly eying on the APU’s, since the vintage Vishera FX CPU still dominating its performance. The MSI 970 GAMING increasing its popularity due to its very attractive price tag. This makes it possible with the 970 chipset in this board in contrast with the pricey 990FX chip.

The 970 centers only on a single x16 PCIe slot it most often comes with PCIe 2.0 to accommodate additional graphics card for x8/x8 configuration. This supports both SLI and crossfire for full flexibility.

Inspecting The MSI 970 GAMING

Since 2013 to 2014 MSI have trough many design of the motherboard to came up with the most eye appealing. The MSI 970 GAMING is no exemption to that, by looking it alone you can already tell its bad intension. You can hardly tell if it in only ranging from $100. I presume, this is one of the most gamers are looking for. Ugly looks means no good.

Out of the box with the MSI 970 GAMING the first impression was the total clean of the PCB. You can hardly notice the PCB traces underneath the coating while the short SMT location of every IC adds to its flawless appearance. Most consumers have a very appealing view of red and black color. This is what the MSI 970 GAMING has clearly polished aesthetic at very attractive price point.

Advance Features

The MSI 970 GAMING is pack with features which is surprisingly more than its price tag. The Atheros Killer E2205 for network applications that comes in bundled software that provides data pocket prioritization. Gaming is not complete without an outstanding sound system, right? The MSI 970 GAMING includes a Sound Blaster Cinema support using its upgraded Realtek ALC1150 audio solution.

Older slots such as PS2 and PCI are included on the board for any potential use in this range. It also comes with a bunch of super fast USB 3.0 ports to make sure that you’re never runs of it. This is supported with dedicated controllers.

Though, you can’t expect it to perform compare to its big brother 990FX Extreme 9 with the FX-9590 processor, The MSI 970 GAMING is definitely a descent alternative for budget conscious enthusiasts.

Considering its performance against some of the high range motherboard MSI 970 GAMING it shows a closer mark on its frame rates using some of the best graphics cards out there. Overclocking the MSI 970 GAMING is somewhat very much impressive as it shows great capability to compete with its bigger brothers. The MSI Gaming motherboard is definitely a good choice for gamers.

You can read more of the Best AMD Motherboard here and learn about the Best Z97 Motherboard for Intel based processors.


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