Summary: This motherboard is great. Combined with my 8-core FX processor and graphics card I'm getting solid performance. Out of the box it does not control fan speeds very well. Every fan will run 100% so you will need to control fans with software or from BIOS. SpeedFan is great for this.
Summary: Built a home tower mini-server from this, everything more than adequate to task. 6 x SATA ports -> DVD plus RAID-5 4+1, 2 fan controllers, built in is all the usual I/O except video. I give 4 stars not 5 because the first one was DOA and would not POST, 2nd one just the trick.
Summary: First let me get this off my chest. Even though Amazon said everything on my order was in stock it took them almost a week to "process" my order. Would it have been quicker if I had Prime? UPS delivered it the next day after Amazon got around to shipping it. This board installed easily enough with an AMD FX8350 (with stock fan) and 8GB of Patriot Viper memory and an ancient Galaxy GE Force 8400 video board and a Western Digital Velociraptor hard drive.
Summary: I purchased this board to replace an M5A97 R2.0 that suddenly died and that ASUS was too incompetent to fix. Overall I'd say this board is a step down in features but a step up in quality compared to my previous ASUS board. I was just barely able to fit a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus on this board. I won't be able to fit any RAM sticks with large heatsinks next to the CPU Cooler for this board.
Legacy GA-970-UD3 versus new 970 UD3P now with UEFI BIOS
Amazon Shopper, Amazon
12 March 2014
Summary: The addition of the UEFI BIOS feature, steps up the game when compared to the older GA-970 UD3 it replaced. The UEFI interface is not as refined as the ASUS Interface however and falls between AsRock Extreme 3 graphical silliness and the aforementioned makers effort which at least on a Sabertooth MoBo is outstanding albeit for more investment.
Summary: Purchased because it was on sale. Had it not been I would most likely have purchased a different brand. One I'm particularly fond of. I'm glad this is the board I purchased. Read the reviews, for the most part, everyone that has purchased this Gigabyte board is pleased.
Pros: Excellent ALL AROUND board for the frugal and smart shoppers.
Cons: I/O shield is cockeyed. Prepare to pinch parts of the fold in order to get better alignment. Only a couple USB ports were blocked on the one I encountered.
Summary: I needed a budget ( not cheap ) MB and this ( GA970A UD3 - rev 3.0 ) seems to be it. Have been working fine since my new build back in August (2013 ). No issues at all, only that the heatsink for the chip between the PCI express and processor gets very hot (burns at touch). I read it could be "normal" , but I'm not so sure. Hope there are no problems later.
Summary: Put in a Phenom 965, 8 gigs of Kingston, Geforce 660 and Muskin 240 gig SSD. Boot times are super fast, games run super smooth. I can verify that I got a Rev. 3 board. If you're not looking to spend a ton of cash on a system, this board really fits the bill.
Pros: Good Price, Lots of features, Ultra Durable, Full size board with 9 mounting holes, Rev. 3
Cons: Bios is very good but does not allow for running all fan headers in silent mode