Final Thoughts and Conclusion
We are glad to see Gigabyte expand their Gaming line to the AMD AM3+ socket platform. It is something we think is long overdue. Most of the features you would come to expect in a gaming motherboard are here. It also looks the part, with the red trim and red LED lighting.
True beauty is more than skin deep however and the Gigabyte 970-Gaming SLI is more than just a bit of flash. All the headers, ports, and switches and seem logically placed. Performance was exactly as expected and there were no surprises. All the key gaming features are here and work just like they are supposed to.
There is also impressive performance to back up those looks as well, as the 970-Gaming SLI consistently performed above average in our field of benchmarks. The overclocking prowess is quite impressive for a 970 chipset motherboard. Most overclockers will be quite satisfied with its ability to get big numbers on a budget. We actually hit the limitation of our voltage comfort zone before we hit the limit of the motherboard. I would be quite interested to see what it will do with the 200w TDP FX 9590.
The Gigabyte 970-Gaming SLI can be found at Amazon and Newegg for $98.99. That is an impressive price for an AMD motherboard with these features and overclocking ability.
- Great Overclocking Ability
- Logical Layout
- Reasonable Price