MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard Review

Posted by Michael Pabia on Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:00am

Introduction

MSI 970 Gaming

MSI's gaming series motherboards aren't only limited to the Intel platform now that MSI has also introduced the gaming series line to the AMD boards. For the AM3+ platform, MSI released the MSI 970 Gaming motherboard which we will be reviewing today. We will be pairing it with an FX 8370 processor and will be comparing it with the other Intel boards we have reviewed recently.

MSI's Take On The 970 Gaming

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

KILLER™ E2200 GAME NETWORKING

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.

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 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

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.

For more information about the 970 Gaming motherboard, visit the MSI website.

Let's move on to the next page for the features and specifications.

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