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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 Bought this board. Thoughts?

post #1 of 12
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Just ordered this yesterday. Been needing to upgrade to a newer board, mainly for SATA3 Ports for my transition to SSD's.

I really don't do crossfire, and still have my PCI Soundcard.

Otherwise thoughts on the board?
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post #2 of 12
This is a great board especially for overclocking. The on board sound is also good and a sound card shouldn't be needed unless it's a high end one.
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post #3 of 12
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Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer "Fatality" Edition. No longer useful?

Glad to hear it's a good overclocking board. biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 12
Man you should of talked to me before you ordered it, is all I have to say:D
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Deatz View Post

Man you should of talked to me before you ordered it, is all I have to say:D

Deatz I know you had bad luck with yours, but I've never had any issues with Gigabyte boards. biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 12
Read the reviews my friend my thought process was the same and at the 3-4 period is when fate struck. I still use a Gigabyte board it's the 990FXA-UD3 and trust me it was worth the extra 50.
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Originally Posted by Iamthebull View Post

Deatz I know you had bad luck with yours, but I've never had any issues with Gigabyte boards. biggrin.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deatz View Post

Read the reviews my friend my thought process was the same and at the 3-4 period is when fate struck. I still use a Gigabyte board it's the 990FXA-UD3 and trust me it was worth the extra 50.

Ahh you too. I think ive had the least amount of PC related issues outta both of ya thumb.gif
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Ahh you too. I think ive had the least amount of PC related issues outta both of ya thumb.gif

Blah Blah Blah Iamthebull did you hear something ?rolleyes.gif
post #9 of 12
Since OP isn't looking to CrossfireX or SLI the GA-970A-UD3 will be on par with the GA-990FXA-UD3. They both 8+2 power phasing and the bios options and layout are the exact same. The only major difference again is that the second PCI-e lane in a CrossfireX setup runs a x4 bandwith and no SLI support. These boards are idea for single card setups but can handle high overclocks. I own both currently running a 1600t @ 4GHz on my 970A without any issues and could go higher with better CPU cooling.
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post #10 of 12
It's a great motherboard for the price. Of course it doesn't feature the 990FX Chipset, but otherwise it's a good motherboard. Looks very similar to the GA-990FXA-UD3 for me, just that the black PCB was replaced with the standard blue one. biggrin.gif
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