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MSI 970A-G45
6.0 out of 10

MSI 970A-G45

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Overall 6
6.0

95 watt board, not for FX 6 cores etc

Anonymous, Newegg
9 February 2012
  • Summary: download the drivers. Nothing disabled and all sound works - just no specific interface for the audio. Win 7 drivers are cheesy compared to the main drivers. But hey.. stupid thing doesn't hiss through the speakers on shutdown.
  • Pros: It wasn't DOA... I did get it to work eventually...
  • Cons: Well, the UEFI bios really sucks. It works on LCD's and LED's but barely works on CRT's. On some UEFI systems they won't post if hooked up to a KVM (Asrock 990FX Extreme 4). Horrible BIOS. Just give us 2 options... DEL for the UEFI bios and maybe F2 for the old TEXT bios that always worked. So ti...
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Overall 6
6.0

Windows 7 or 8 beta install issues!!!

Joseph W., Newegg
26 January 2012
  • Summary: Thanks to Iceblue for the comment below to give this advice on how to fix. I just wanted to repost and reword to share with anyone else having this issue after rating his comment up of course.
  • Pros: :::If you are having Windows 7 or 8 beta install issues and using the new FX line::: Go into the bios overclock settings then clock the cpu with a ratio of 10 and adjust the ram to 800mhz. If that doesn't work, try to install without the turbo on. Once you get it running update the bios to the ne...
  • Cons: This was a bit of an issue since it seemed to be a memory or hard drive issue and took quite a bit of tinkering to figure out how to fix the issue. I would still recommend this board for anyone looking to get it, just be prepared to do as stated above. Kind of silly that the support staff at MSI ...
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Overall 6
6.0

The board works well now, but....

Sebastian N., Newegg
27 December 2011
  • Summary: Otherwise, after it has been updated, it works great and have had no problems so far.
  • Pros: The board works great now that it supports my FX-6100
  • Cons: The motherboard is clearly advertised to work with the new AMD FX series processors, and yet it does not out of the box. For this to work, you either have to boot it with an AM3 cpu and update the BIOS to the latest version, or send it in to MSI. This is a huge problem and disappointment for peop...
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Overall 6
6.0

On it's way home but worried about compatibility

Kevin A. Robles, Amazon
6 December 2011
  • Summary: 3-star rating for now. I've now, unfortunately, realized that this motherboard is not compatible with the FX4100 processor I bought with the default BIOS it has. I have to flash it, and of course I don't have an extra CPU lying around.
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Overall 6
6.0

Updated review

George S., Newegg
6 December 2011
  • Summary: I have used MSI for the last few years and this was the 1st time I called tech support. won't happen again....I hope if your buying this and have an AMD FX processor that you have access to another processor to flash bios...otherwise your going to need some aspirin.
  • Pros: Board works great!! After I figured out it was my amd fx 4100, even though it says clearly that it it supported, it is not until bios is flashed. I happened to be lucky enough that a friend had an Phenom II I could borrow so I could do this
  • Cons: I dont know where they get these guys from, or what type of training they have, but they sure as hen't know squat about the company they work for, NOT ONE of those intelligent people could tell me that the product was shipped with version 1.0 bios and that it needed to be updated to atleast 1.2 t...
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Overall 6
6.0

Great board

Ron M., Newegg
30 November 2011
  • Summary: I hope that MSI will help solve the issues i have brought up with this board... it will save them and everyone else alot of preventable grief!!!! AMD 8120 CPU GSkill F3-12800Cl9Q-16GBRL Ram 970a-G45 MSI Motherbord
  • Pros: very nice board for the money... cant be beat as far as I am concerned. Overclocking is very easy. and setup was pretty much a snap. Lost 2 eggs for the following reasons.. 1. Bios needs to be upgraded (should be factory, I am sry but if you want to call it an am3+ it best boot the am3+ processor...
  • Cons: Had to flash Bios before putting in 8120 8 core. I believe that this is one of the reasons so many complain about Doa, not fully understanding that the board wont boot or post or anything until the Bios is flashed to 1.3 ( especially if you are going with the 8120 ). I would like to see the Bios ...
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Overall 6
6.0

970A-G45

Adam I., Newegg
12 November 2011
  • Summary: I bought this without reading the reviews, then read them in transit, which scared me to death. You won't get to post without an AM3 processor, so don't bother unless you have one laying around. Have to flash BIOS to 1.2 to get AM3+ support.
  • Pros: Great price for features No problems thus far past setup The only thing dual-slot cards will block is the battery The BIOS is pretty nifty for entry-intermediary stuff
  • Cons: Board's default BIOS version can't support AM3+, which is literally the only reason to buy this board. Shouldn't have to use two processors to get the mobo to post Manufacturer e-mail response is copy/paste telling you basic nonsense and to just RMA your board, literally nothing to do with what I...
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Overall 6
6.0

while it worked

Gary M., Newegg
15 October 2011
  • Summary: I have a 790FX GD-70 with a 1055 and a DKA 790GX and they have been great. MSI has always been good for me. I am not a big OCer and am always careful with PC parts. Really disappointed this time.
  • Pros: Nice features and supposedly good components.
  • Cons: SNAP, CRACKLE, POP, sparks and smoke from under VRM heatsink. Overclocked 1090T 300mz to 3.5gz with slight bump in volts. Was for 24/7 WCG and do not want lots of heat or power usage so mild OC. "Military Class Components" not so tough.
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Overall 6
6.0

Lasted 2 months

Kyle Q., Newegg
13 October 2011
  • Summary: Hoping next board works....
  • Pros: The feature set is actually quite nice, seemingly great at first look
  • Cons: Died within 2 months. OCing with the Genie brought voltage levels way too high, and board started giving shotty performance. When I restarted, no POST. currently awaiting RMA...
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Overall 6
6.0

Need some quality testing

Phong K., Newegg
26 August 2011
  • Pros: Have not used long enough to find any pro except prob. the pricing.
  • Cons: 1. BIOS freeze when changes are saved. 2. Missing/wrong parts? Came with a four pins internal speaker but can't locate anywhere on the board to put that in. 3. MB keep "jerking", randomly freeze.
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