Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P Review & Specifications

Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P AM3+ DDR3 ATX

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Socket AM3+
Chipset: North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950
Memory: 4x DDR3-2000(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 32GB
Slots: 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots, 2x PCI Slots
CPU: AMD AM3+ FX processors; AMD AM3 Phenom II processor/ AMD Athlon II processor
Memory: 4x1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory; DDR3 2000(O.C)/1866/1333/1066 MHz
LAN: Realtek GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16); 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4);3 x PCI Express x1 slots; 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices; Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and JBOD
USB: Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports; 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports

Specs Overview

Model GA-970A-D3P
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 0
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB

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  • CPU

    AM3+ Socket:
    1. AMD AM3+ FX processors
    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 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory (Note 1)
    2. Dual channel memory architecture
    3. Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)
    4. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
    (Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
  • Audio

    1. VIA VT2021 codec
    2. High Definition Audio
    3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    4. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN

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

    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (Note 3)
    2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    3. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    4. (All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
    5. 2 x PCI slots
  • Storage Interface

    South Bridge:
    1. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
    2. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
  • USB

    South Bridge:
    1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)
    VIA® VL805 chip:
    1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  • Internal I/O Connectors

    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    3. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    4. 1 x CPU fan header
    5. 2 x system fan headers
    6. 1 x power fan header
    7. 1 x front panel header
    8. 1 x front panel audio header
    9. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
    10. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
    11. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    12. 1 x serial port header
    13. ŠŠ
    14. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    15. ŠŠ
    16. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • Back Panel Connectors

    1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
    2. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    3. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    4. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
    5. 1 x RJ-45 port
    6. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
  • 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 (Note 4)
  • BIOS

    1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
    3. Support for DualBIOS™
    4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
  • Unique Features

    1. Support for @BIOS
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Xpress Install
    4. Support for EasyTune (Note 5)
    5. Support for ON/OFF Charge
  • Bundle Software

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

    1. Support for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Form Factor

    1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.4cm
  • Note

    (Note 1) 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.

    (Note 2) To support a DDR3 1866 MHz (and above) memory, you must install an AM3+ CPU first.

    (Note 3) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

    (Note 4) Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.

    (Note 5) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.

  • 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 SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

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