MSI 970 GAMING AMD AM3+ 970+SB950 DDR3 USB 3.0 ATX

MSI 970 GAMING AMD AM3+ 970+SB950...


MSI 970 GAMING AMD AM3+ 970+SB950 DDR3 USB 3.0 ATX

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970 GAMING: AMD 970 chipset based

  • Supports AMD FX / Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ processors for AM3+ socket
  • Supports DDR3-2133(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 2: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices


MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.


  • Amazing sound with Audio Boost 2, powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
  • Military Class 4 components
  • Specialized production lines just for GAMING motherboards
  • OC Genie 4
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Click BIOS 4 (click here to visit our dedicated BIOS page)
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards (CrossFire certified)
  • Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6


Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost 2! With Audio Boost 2 we're delivering the highest audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.


With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.


Thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers. Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.


Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600O delivered from your gaming PC.

Tired of having to connect your headset in difficult to reach places? MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.


With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

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


With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

  • Up to 600O crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics
  • Dedicated amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear
  • Superb signal conductivity and will not wear over time


The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.


  • Socket AM3+
  • CPU (Max Support) FX
  • FSB/BCLK/Hyper Transport Bus up to 4.8GT/s
  • Chipset AMD® 970+SB950
  • DDR3 Memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133(OC)
  • Memory Channel Dual
  • DIMM Slots 4
  • Max Memory (GB) 32
  • PCI-Ex16 2
  • PCI-E Gen Gen2 (1x16, 1x8)
  • PCI-Ex1 2
  • PCI 2
  • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • TPM (header) 1
  • LAN 10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front) 2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear) 2
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front) 6
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 8
  • Audio ports (Rear) 6
  • Form Factor ATX
  • APS Y
  • SLI Y
  • CrossFire Y



Product Description
MSI 970 GAMING - motherboard - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 970
Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
AMD 970 / AMD SB950
Processor Socket
1 x Socket AM3+
Compatible Processors
Sempron, Athlon II, Phenom II, FX
Data Bus Transfer Rate
4.8 GT/s
Max RAM Size
32 GB
RAM Supported
4 DIMM slots - DDR3
Storage Ports
6 x SATA-600 (RAID)
USB / FireWire Ports
2 x USB 3.0 + 8 x USB 2.0 + (2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0 via headers)
HD Audio (8-channel)
Gigabit Ethernet
Microsoft Certification
Compatible with Windows 7



Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
AMD 970 / AMD SB950
Data Bus Transfer Rate
4.8 GT/s
Processor Socket
Socket AM3+
Max Processors Qty
Compatible Processors
Sempron, Athlon II, Phenom II, FX

Supported RAM

Max Size
32 GB
Bus Clock
1600 MHz, 1333 MHz, 1066 MHz, 1866 MHz, 2133 MHz (O.C.)
Dual channel memory architecture


HD Audio (8-channel)
Audio Codec
Realtek ALC1150
Compliant Standards
High Definition Audio, Sound Blaster Cinema 2


Network Controller
Killer Gaming E2205
Network Interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slots
1 x CPU , 4 x DIMM 240-pin , 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x8 mode) , 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 , 2 x PCI
Storage Interfaces
AMD SB950: SATA-600 -connectors: 6 x 7pin Serial ATA - 6 devices - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5
1 x TOSLINK , 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse , 2 x USB 3.0 , 8 x USB 2.0 , 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack , 1 x microphone - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (side surround) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack
Internal Interfaces
1 x audio - header , 6 x USB 2.0 - header , 2 x USB 3.0 - header , 1 x serial - header , 1 x SPDIF out - header
Power Connectors
24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


BIOS Features
DMI support, UEFI BIOS, MSI ClickBIOS 4
Hardware Features
MSI Active Phase Switching (APS), NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology Support, Super Ferrite Choke (SFC), AMD CrossFireX technology support, Hyper Transport 3.0, MSI Military Class IV, OC Genie 4, MSI Gaming Device Port, MSI Audio Boost 2


Included Accessories
"Do-Not-Disturb" door hanger, case badge, cable labels
Software Included
MSI Command Center, RAMdisk, MSI Live Update 6
Compatible with Windows 7
"Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
Compliant Standards
Plug and Play
30.5 cm
24.4 cm

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5* As good as it looks
Reviewed by John B on 17/02/2015
Excellent board with a very powerful bios. Very high quality component and build, I am very pleased with this purchase. Not for a complete beginner simply because there are so many options.
Performance wise excellent as well, I put a FX-6300 cpu and 2x8gb 1866mhz DDR3 as well as a GTX660 and it absolutely flies along, the whole system working very cleanly. Planetside2 with 150+ player battles is now smooth and very playable on 1920x1080 high settings getting 50+fps. If it can handle that, it'll handle anything.
All I need now is to save a few pennies for an R9 and job done!
It's a gaming board, it games good.....'nuff said.

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