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MSI 970 Gaming

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MSI 970 Gaming review: specs and price

MSI 970 Gaming
MSI 970 Gaming

Why is MSI 970 Gaming better than the average?

  • Fan headers
    5vs4.53
  • SATA 3 connectors
    6vs5.64
  • USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)
    6vs4.01
  • PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
    4vs1.25
  • USB 2.0 ports
    8vs2.8
  • PCI slots
    2vs0.77
  • Audio connectors
    6vs4.77
  • Warranty period
    3vs2.99

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General info

1.Easy to overclock
MSI 970 Gaming

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.

For example

Asus TUF Z370 Plus Gaming

2.height

244mm

Best

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170mm

3.Supports USB charging boost
MSI 970 Gaming

This feature allows you to charge your devices (such as smartphones and tablets) faster than a regular USB port. Some implementations also let you charge through the USB port even when the computer is in sleep mode or off.

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ASRock X99 Extreme6

4.Has WiFi
MSI 970 Gaming

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC

5.Has Bluetooth
MSI 970 Gaming

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

For example

MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC

6.multi-GPU

2

The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.

Best

MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK

4

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Memory

1.RAM speed

1866MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Best

MSI X299 Raider

3466MHz

2.memory channels

2

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

8

3.memory slots

4

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.

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Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

16

4.maximum memory size

32GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

1024GB

5.overclocked RAM speed

2133MHz

The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.

Best

ASRock X299 OC Formula

4600MHz

6.Supports ECC memory
MSI 970 Gaming

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

For example

MSI E3 Krait Gaming V5

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Connectors

1.fan headers

5

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.

Best

Asus Sabertooth X99

12

2.USB 3.0 ports

2

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.

Best

Asus Z87-Pro

14

3.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

0

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

Best

Asus X79 Deluxe

8

4.SATA 3 connectors

6

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

12

5.USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)

6

The motherboard has USB 2.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

Best

Asus P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt

10

6.has a HDMI output
MSI 970 Gaming

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

For example

Asus Prime Q370M-C

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Expansion slots

1.PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

4

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Asus P9X79-E WS

7

2.PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.

Best

Asus Prime X299-Deluxe

12

3.PCI slots

2

PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.

Best

Gigabyte GA-P85-D3

4

4.PCIe x1 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

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5

5.PCIe x4 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x4’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 (rev 3.0)

2

6.PCIe x8 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x8’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Gigabyte GA-7PESH3

3

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Audio

1.audio connectors

6

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Best

EVGA Classified SR-2

10

2.audio channels

7.1

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

Best

Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z5

10

3.Has S/PDIF Out port
MSI 970 Gaming

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

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Storage

1.Supports RAID 5
MSI 970 Gaming

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.

2.Supports RAID 1
MSI 970 Gaming

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

3.Supports RAID 0
MSI 970 Gaming

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
MSI 970 Gaming

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

5.Supports RAID 0+1
MSI 970 Gaming

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

For example

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro

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Miscellaneous

1.Has USB Type-C
MSI 970 Gaming

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

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ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4

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