MSI Announces New Entry-level Socket AM3+ Motherboard

While Intel earlier this week announced plans to exit the motherboard market after Haswell, it's business as usual for other players in the industry. MSI just today announced a new entry-level socket AM3+ mobo for AMD's FX chips. The board will support AMD's FX, Phenom II X6, X4, X3, X2, Athlon II X4, X3, X2 and Sempron CPU.


Dubbed the 970A-G43, this ATX board is based on AMD's 970 chipset with SB950 southbridge and packs four DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3 1866MHz memory, two PCI-Ex16 slots, two PCI-Ex1, two PCI, six SATAIII, 0/1/5/10, two USB 3.0 ports (rear), six USB 2.0 ports (rear), six Audio ports (rear), and gigabit LAN. As an ATX form-factor board, it measures in at 30.5cm(L) x 22.5cm(W) and has six mounting holes.


Release date is not yet clear but we do know the board will be priced at $89.99 when it does launch. We'll keep you posted on availability.

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  • robthatguyx
    not bad at 90$
  • shikamaru31789
    I remain a little skeptical of MSI budget mobos after I bought an 870-G45 mobo from them and it came DOA. Unfortunately I made the mistake of not putting it in my system immediately, so by the time I tested it, it was too late to RMA. Since then I've heard of alot of other people having issues with entry level MSI mobos, but supposedly their high end models are amazing.
  • Wisecracker
    Rather have an FM2 mini-ITX, or better yet, a 990X mATX motherboard.