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8.4 out of 10

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3

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Reviews and Problems with Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3

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Overall 2
2.0

Does not support Debian Linux

joatmor, Amazon
25 June 2014
  • Summary: I have two things to say about this motherboard. First, the workmanship in manufacturing is outstanding. I will be looking to Gigabyte for future builds. Second, and very sadly, there is a design flaw that causes serious problems for Debian Linux users. I had IO_PAGE_FAULT errors that would cause my system to lock up. You can learn more here:[...]on Launchpad. I tried the grub modifications suggested there but the system still locked up.
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Overall 2
2.0

Won't run Linux and was flaky with Windows 7

Jason, Amazon
10 June 2014
  • Summary: Linux wouldn't install and even running Windows 7 it occasionally wouldn't boot so I ended up returning it. (Thank you, Amazon!) Plenty of forum posts show that others have had similar problems, especially with Linux, so I replaced it with an [[ASIN: B00D12OBEA MSI 1333 LGA 1150]] mobo (see my review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R18WHN9AYF5E0F) which has been working like a champ.
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Overall 2
2.0

subpar!

Levi, Amazon
29 May 2014
  • Summary: It caused my computer to freeze constantly. I ended up getting an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ instead of a replacement.
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Overall 2
2.0

unstable

kcub7, Amazon
13 February 2014
  • Summary: This motherboard was the most unstable board I have ever seen, with a FX4100, Corsair 10600, sata 3 hd it would freeze up and most of the programs would not work, thought it could be components but tried everything in another computer and worked fine even the FX4100 processor worked great in another comp. tried to get an RMA and it took from JAn. until feb. to get an RMA from some company I won't name........ I would not recomend this motherboard to anyone........
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Overall 0
0.3

Excellent board, but can be finicky.

Loeteke1, Overclock
15 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Although it's way too early to give this board a proper review, I wanted to take the opportunity to pass along this info. The build was smooth, I avoided any problems with the rear-facing SATA ports by pre-placing all the wires I was going to need. The problem was that it kept going to sleep, which I did not know why until after a long round of testing, part replacement, etc.
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Overall 2
2.0

Sent back, Was DOA

Kyle Mende, Amazon
9 January 2013
  • Summary: Never got to test this MOBO due to needing to send it back because it came DOA. I've purchased countless PC components off Amazon but this is the first Gigabyte and the only one to come in DOA. Very disappointing as the price for the AM3+ board was perfect for my budget.
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Overall 2
2.0

The "UD" is for "utter dreck"

TheJim, Amazon
29 April 2013
  • Summary: ...although it's supposed to mean "ultra-durable". I bought this because I'd had a good experience with the MA770-UD3, but they seem to have been cutting corners on this follow-up despite the significant price premium for the "UD" suffix. One worrying sign of Gigabyte's economising is the non-TI Firewire chip and the 4-lane secondary PCI-Express slot. I've been unable to get this board running stably.
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Overall 2
2.0

System fan doesn't work

sayitasitis, Amazon
23 January 2013
  • Summary: This motherboard is one to avoid. It will not run RAM any faster than 1333 and 1 of the system fan connectors on the motherboard doesn't work (I have tried 5 different fans) I upgraded to the latest Bios version but this doesn't fix the fan or RAM problem. Just to add I can't overclock a fx6300 at all without Windows BSOD. I have now bought a better motherboard.
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Overall 2
2.0

Twice in a row..

Dave, Amazon
27 September 2012
  • Summary: This is the second board I've bought from these guys. The first being a Gigabyte D3 which wouldn't switch on either the fans spun for half a second or so then died.. Same situation with this board. Took it out and replaced it with an old board to see if it wasn't an issue with my PSU or any other components. Old board came on fine. Will return and get a replacement. Hopefully i'm just twice unlucky...
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Overall 2
2.0

not good

S. G. Apperley, Amazon
11 February 2012
  • Summary: ok so i bought this motherboard to take my fx 6100. on the box it said am3+ bios installed so being of average intelligence assumed it would work... but no fitted motherboard nothing all the fans worked but no bios. now i might of had just a bad one.... sending item back for a refund tho its going to take 3 weeks after they receive my return......and i see im not the only one it has happened to..... think im going to go and get a asus ....
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