970 GAMING

AMD 970 chipset based

  • Supports AMD FX / Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ processors for AM3+ socket
  • Supports DDR3-2133(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 2: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices

 

 

 

 

Let the games begin

MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

The best gaming weapons at hand

  • Amazing sound with Audio Boost 2, powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
  • Military Class 4 components
  • Specialized production lines just for GAMING motherboards
  • OC Genie 4
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Click BIOS 4 (click here to visit our dedicated BIOS page)
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards (CrossFire certified)
  • Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6
  • Video
  • Video
  • Video

Reward your ears with true quality

Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost 2! With Audio Boost 2 we're delivering the highest audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.

Audio Boost 2
 

Isolated Audio PCB

With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.

Isolated Audio PCB
 

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2

Thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers.
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2

EMI Shielding

EMI Shielding

To shield the audio core from EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) caused by other add-in cards the audio chip is protected by a high-grade EMI cover with backlight illumination.

 
Dual Headhpone Amplifiers
 

Dual Headhpone Amplifiers

Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600Ω delivered from your gaming PC.

Tired of having to connect your headset in difficult to reach places? MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.

Dual Headhpone Amplifiers
 
High Quality Audio Capacitors
 

High Quality Audio Capacitors

With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

  • Acoustic series
  • Lower Tolerance
  • Lower Dielectric Absorption
  • Lower ESR
  • Lower Leakage Current
  • Higher Stability
High Quality Audio Capacitors
 
High Quality Audio Capacitors
 
Golden Audio Connectors

Golden Audio Connectors

With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

  • Up to 600Ω crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics
  • Dedicated amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear
  • Superb signal conductivity and will not wear over time
Golden Audio Connectors

Killer™ E2200
Game Networking

Kill your lag!

The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

EXAMPLE: Top 3 applications by Total Traffic
Battlefield 4 (89%)
Internet Explorer (9%)
Origin (2%)
Game
traffic
Network
traffic
Other
traffic

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.

 
Military Class 4

Military Class 4 components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Super Ferrite Chokes

Super Ferrite Chokes

Super Ferrite Chokes use a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Chokes to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Dark CAP

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP`s have been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Focus on quality

We put extra effort in increasing customer satisfaction. Our RMA rate has drastically decreased in the last few years.
To achieve the highest quality the MSI GAMING motherboards are developed by our most senior engineers on the most advanced production lines.

We are continuously improving our customer services, so in case you might run into a problem you can be assured we offer a fast response to your questions and hand you in depth information on the subject.

Focus on quality
Gaming Device Port

Gaming Device Port

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize it's speed. This results in a much faster and smoother mouse response in games.

Gaming benefits
  • More responsive
  • Smoother gameplay
  • Faster reactions
Technical benefits
  • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxidation

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.

Performance boost modes
Laggers
OC Genie
120%
* Features may vary according to your platform and model

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.

Click BIOS 4

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

Get up to 2 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, with optimal placement for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping off from your screen when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD® CrossFire™ gaming setup.

Software

Software

Live Update 6

MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.

Command Center

MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

Unlimited RAMDisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Load complete game images
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
 

Smart Fan Control

Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans on the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers;

  • Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans
  • Set profiles
  • Record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file.
Smart Fan Control

Dragon Heatsink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heatsink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heatsink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

Dragon Heatsink

Package content

What’s in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick MSI GAMING case badge, a set of cable labels and the stylish all black M-shield.

Case badge Case badge
Door hanger Door hanger
Cable labels Cable labels
 

 

 

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

  • Socket
    AM3+
  • CPU (Max Support)
    FX
  • Baseclock/Hyper Transport
    up to 4.8GT/s
  • Chipset
    AMD® 970+SB950
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133*(*OC)
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    2
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen2 (1x16, 1x8)
  • PCI-Ex1
    2
  • PCI
    2
  • SATAIII
    6
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • TPM (header)
    1
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    6
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    8
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • APS
    Y
  • SLI
    Y
  • CrossFire
    Y

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 


CPU 

• Supports  AMD®FXTM/ Phenom™ II/ Athlon™ II and Sempron™ processors for the AM3/ AM3+ socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


Hyper Transport Bus

• HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 4.8GT/s 

Chipset

• AMD® 970 and SB950 Chipset 
 


Main Memory

• 4 x DDR3 memory slots supporting up to 32GB
• Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 MHz
• Dual channel memory architecture
 


Slots

• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
- PCI_E2 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x16 speed
- PCI_E4 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x8 speed
• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
• 2 x PCI slots

 


Multi-GPU

• Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology*
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology*
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/ 8.1.
 


On-Board SATA

 

• AMD SB950 Chipset
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID 10

 


USB

• AMD® SB950 Chipset
- 14x USB 2.0 ports (8 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

 
• VIA VL806 Chipset
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connector)*
* These USB 3.0 ports do not support M-Flash recovery function.

 


Audio 

• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output

 

 
LAN 

• Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
- 1 x LAN port on the backpanel
* The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by vendor.
 

 
Internal I/O Connectors
 

-1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
-1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
-6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
-3 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports)
-1 x USB 3.0 connector
-1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
-2 x 4-pin system fan connectors
-2 x 3-pin system fan connectors
-1 x Front panel audio connector
-2 x System panel connectors
-1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
-1 x TPM module connector
-1 x Serial port connector
-1 x S/PDIF-Out connector
-1 x Clear CMOS jumper
-1 x Slow mode booting switch

 

 
Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
- 8 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-Out connector
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 6 x OFC audio jacks
 


BIOS
 

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications. 
 


Dimension
 

• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor
 


Mounting

 

• 9 mounting holes.
 

 

 

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

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