Gigabyte 970A-D3 Motherboard Socket AM3 AMD970 SB950 DDR3 SATA RAID ATX Gigabit Ethernet LAN (rev. 1.0)

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The 970A-D3 motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies. Featuring the USB3.0 controller, AMD 900 series motherboards allow users to take advantage of super fast USB transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, delivering 10x faster data transfer compared to USB 2.0. Utilizing the industry's first Serial ATA Revision 3.0 solution via AMD SB950 chipset, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer native 6 ports of next generation high speed data storage devices support with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. The AMD 900 series motherboards introduce a unique hardware design with lower resistance fuses for ensuring lower voltage drops and providing more stable and plentiful power delivery. All USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices. GIGABYTE's AMD motherboards are ready to support new generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ multi-core processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming. This motherboard designs with Split Power Plane, 4+1 phase VRM to support AMD the latest 45nm AM3 PhenomII/ AthlonII processors, delivering the great performance enchantment to system and ultimate scalability hardware expending. Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards are integrated the latest AMD SB950 chip for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering 6 ports native superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps) and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support. When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer even faster data transfer rates of up to 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces. The GIGABYTE motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard USB3.0 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.


GIGABYTE motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE's unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery. Delivering native support for DDR3 memory up to 2000MHz, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 series motherboards allow users to easily reach higher memory frequencies at lower voltages; achieving higher memory performance with lower power consumption to run even the most memory intensive applications such as high-definition video and 3D games with ease. GIGABYTE strongly believes that in 2011, HD audio playback is a standard specification, and as such, we have made Blu-ray audio playback a standard for all of our motherboards. All of GIGABYTE's 2011 motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience. For example, 108dB, is a high audio specification, as this means the audio signal is 108dB higher than the level of the noise. Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website. GIGABYTE DualBIOS is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive. GIGABYTE was the first motherboard manufacturer to realize the importance of using only the highest quality components for the critically important CPU VRM zone of the motherboard which is responsible for delivering stable power to the CPU. The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 2 Classic design utilizes Solid Capacitors manufactured in Japan which are rated to last for at least 50,000 hours in operational use and also Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs which feature lower resistance, i.e. reduced power consumption and heat.


Installed Processors (Max)

0 (1)

Supported Processor Manufacturer


Supported Processors

AMD AM3+ FX processors ? AMD AM3 Phenom II processors ? AMD Athlon II processors


Socket AM3+




Input/Output Controller

ITE IT8720

RAID Supported


SATA Supported


Rear Panel I/O Ports


1 x Optical S/PDIF-out

Audio Line Out Ports

6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

Keyboard/Mouse Combo Port

1 x PS/2 Keyboard or Mouse Port

RJ-45 Ports

1 x RJ-45 Port

Firewire Ports

1 x IEEE 1394

USB Ports

8 x USB 2.0 ? 2 x USB 3.0

Internal I/O Connectors

SATA Connectors

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

S/PDIF Connectors

1 x S/PDIF out Header

USB Connectors

3 x USB

Firewire Connectors

1 x IEEE 1394a Header

Serial Connectors

1 x Serial Port Header

Cooling Fan Support

1 x CPU Fan ? 2 x System Fan ? 1 Power Fan

Front Panel Connectors

1 x front panel header ? 1 x front panel audio header

TPM Header

1 x TPM Header


PCI Slots

2 slot(s) - PCI

PCI Express Slots

5 slot(s) - 1 x PCI Express x16 (running at x16) ? 1 x PCI Express x16 (running at x4) , 3 x PCI Express x1


Maximum Memory

32GB Dual Channel DDR3


Integrated Sound

Realtek ALC889 codec ? High Definition Audio ? 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel ? Support for S/PDIF Out


Integrated Network

Realtek RTL8111E

Network Speeds Supported


System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported

Microsoft Windows 7 ? Vista ? XP



2 x 32 Mbit flash ? Use of licensed AWARD BIOS ? Support for DualBIOS ? PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Special Features

Support for @BIOS ? Support for Q-Flash ? Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue ? Support for Download Center ? Support for Xpress Install ? Support for Xpress Recovery2 ? Support for EasyTune (Note 4) ? Support for Easy Energy Saver ? Support for Smart Recovery ? Support for Auto Green ? Support for ON/OFF Charge ? Support for Cloud OC ? Support for 3TB+ Unlock ? Support for Q-Share


Clear CMOS jumper


Power Connector

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector ? 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector



30.5cm (W) x 24.4cm (L)


  • Supports newest AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 Phenom II series processors
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interfaces for ultimate graphics performance
  • AMD SB950 provides 6 native SATA3 ports with superfast 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
  • Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
  • GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports
  • Ultra Durable 2 Classic Technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature
  • Turbo XHD technology accelerating hard drive performance with ease
  • Revolution energy saving design with Easy Energy Saver technology
  • Hi-def 108dB Signal-to-noise ratio Blu-ray DVD audio playback
  • Patented DualBIOS with Hybrid EFI technology for 3TB HDD support

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Catalogue No: EL-04031171