Summary: -PROS This is a solid product, it worked as advertised on arrival. Handles a good OC environment and offers plenty of room for expansion cards. Nice Gigabyte etched heatsinks Long GFX card support. Running an oc'ed IIX6 at between 3.4-3.8ghz at all times with no problems. -CONS Click bios sometimes sketches. SATA placement was a bit awkward.
Summary: The GA-970A-DS3P was purchased to replace the MB in an existing and formerly working linux file server. The MB specs said that it should be a drop-in, When dropped-in, the ethernet interface did not connect nor did the USB adapter work. A few days of debug revealed that the MB was the fault, ostensibly caused by a BIOS defect, not the driver software. The received GA-970A-DS3P was rev 1.0 (there is now a rev 3.0) and it had F1 bios installed, first release, dated 2009.
Summary: while the price and options of this board seem decent and while it does work my version of this board seems to have severe heat issues unless you have some specific motherboard cooling i would avoid this one
Pros: Board works great, able to do everything I need it to do. I've been able to do overclocking with it. Pretty decent for the price.
Cons: At this time don't try installing drivers off the disk or off their website if you are using Win 8.1. It will lock up the pc and a restore point will have to be used. Gigabyte support says they are still working on it. Drivers are a year old and so is the bios. Kinda of concerning.
Summary: Shipping was quick enough. Mb seems well built and no issues on install. Unplugged dead mb and plugged this in and booted right up with no issues... other than having to revalidate windows 7 again. Which has nothing to do with the board.
Summary: Linux: The description for this board on Gigabyte's web site lists only Windows OS's as compatible. Like many Linux users, I ignored that and bought it anyways. As it turns out, the board does have an incompatibility issue with the Linux kernel. Specifically, the board's hardware IOMMU is improperly coded and therefore causes kernel level issues with USB, HDD, and other devices.
Pros: Price: I purchased this board primarily because I wanted AM3+ support for an 8320 without paying $100+
Cons: Features: though it isn't very expensive, this board is still pretty feature bare. Only a few USB 3.0 ports, 970 chipset, only 6 SATA ports. It would have been nice to at least have a POST readout, but unfortunately none of this either.