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MSI 970A-G45 review

Does this budget AMD 970 chipset motherboard get the fundamentals right?

By  from PCFormat Issue 258
Product Type
Desktop Motherboard
Chipset Manufacturer
AMD
Chipset Model
970
Multi GPU Supported
CrossFireX, CrossFire
Onboard Video
No
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots
2
Memory Technology
DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Socket
Socket AM3+
Brand Name
MSI
Form Factor
ATX
Processor Supported
Phenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X2, Phenom II X6, Sempron, Phenom II, Athlon
Total Processor Supported
1
Maximum Memory
32 GB
64-bit Processing
Yes
Number of Memory Slots
4
Number of PCI Slots
2
Audio Channels
7.1
Gigabit Ethernet
Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces
6
HyperTransport Speed
2400 MHz
RAID Supported
Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots
6
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports
1
Network (RJ-45)
Yes
Total Number of USB Ports
8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
2
PS/2 Port
Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports
1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports
3
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports
3
PCI Express Standard
PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots
4
Memory Form Factor
DIMM
Processor Technology
HyperTransport 3.0 Technology, Cool'n'Quiet Technology, OC Genie Technology
Width
305 mm
Depth
225 mm
Manufacturer
Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product Model
970A-G45
Product Name
970A-G45 Desktop Motherboard
Controller Type
Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number
970A-G45
Manufacturer Website Address
http://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

Thank you for choosing the 970A-G45 Series (MS-7693 v1.X) ATX mainboard. The 970A-G45 Series mainboards are based on AMD 970 & SB950 chip sets for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced AMD AM3/ AM3+ processors, the 970A-G45 Series deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.

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