Gigabyte GA-970-Gaming SLI Review & Specifications

Gigabyte GA-970-Gaming SLI AM3+ ATX

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Supports AMD AM3+/ AM3 Processor
Dual Channel DDR3, 4 DIMMs
Fast USB 3.1 -The World's Next Universal Connector
PCIe Gen2 x4 22110 M.2 Connector with up to 20Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
2-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
Intel GbE LAN with crossed Internet Accelerator Software
ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Specs Overview

Model GA-970-Gaming SLI
Socket AM3+/AM3
Form factor ATX
Chipset AMD 970
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 1
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

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  • CPU

    AM3+ Socket:
    1. AMD AM3+ FX processor
    2. AMD AM3 Phenom™ II processor/ AMD Athlon™ II processor
    (Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
  • Hyper Transport Bus

    1. HyperTransport™ 3.0
    2. Support up to 5200MT/s
  • Chipset

    1. North Bridge: AMD 970
    2. South Bridge: AMD SB950
  • Memory

    1. 4 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
      * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
    2. Dual channel memory architecture
    3. Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
      * To support a DDR3 1866 MHz (and above) memory, you must install an AM3+ CPU first.
    4. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
    (Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
  • Audio

    1. Realtek® ALC1150 codec
    2. High Definition Audio
    3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    4. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN

    1. Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Expansion Slots

    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
      * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot.
    2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
      * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
    3. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
      (All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
    4. 2 x PCI slots
  • Storage Interface

    South Bridge:
    1. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2/x1 SSD support)
    2. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    3. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
      * Refer to "1-7 Internal Connectors," for the supported configurations with the M.2 and SATA connectors.
  • Multi-Graphics Technology

    1. Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technologies
    2. Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ and 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ Technologies
  • USB

    South Bridge:
    1. 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)
    VIA® VL805 chip:
    1. 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 Controller:
    1. 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
  • Internal I/O Connectors

    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    3. 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
    4. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    5. 1 x CPU fan header
    6. 2 x system fan headers
    7. 1 x power fan header
    8. 1 x front panel header
    9. 1 x front panel audio header
    10. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
    11. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
    12. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    13. 1 x serial port header
    14. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    15. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • Back Panel Connectors

    1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
    2. 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)
    3. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
    4. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    5. 1 x RJ-45 port
    6. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    7. 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
  • I/O Controller

    1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring

    1. System voltage detection
    2. CPU/System temperature detection
    3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
    4. CPU overheating warning
    5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
    6. CPU/System fan speed control
      * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
  • BIOS

    1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    3. Support for DualBIOS™
    4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Unique Features

    1. Support for APP Center
      * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
      @BIOS
      Ambient LED
      Cloud Station
      EasyTune
      Game Controller
      Smart TimeLock
      Smart Recovery 2
      System Information Viewer
      USB Blocker
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for ON/OFF Charge
    4. Support for Smart Switch
    5. Support for Xpress Install
  • Bundle Software

    1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  • Operating System

    1. Support for Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit/64-bit
  • Form Factor

    1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
  • Remark

    1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
    2. Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

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