MSI AMD 970A-G46 Mainboard Socket AM3+

MSI 970A-G46 Socket AM3+ motherboard is ready for the AMD Vishera FX processors that feature the unlocked ratio multiplier. Running on the AMD 970 chipset means the magic on this motherboard is just a click away. The magic is, of course, overclocking.

With OC Genie II, you can overclock the MSI 970A-G46 within 1 second. That’s right: 1 second! Because OC Genie II completely automates advanced overclocking functions and offers up to 248% higher performance with the simple click of a button. It automatically unlocks the hidden CPU core(s) in 1 second and can instantly boost system performance up to 248%. 

But it’s not just all power and speed. The 970A-G46 also uses Active Phase Switching technology to use electricity sparingly by automatically detecting the processor’s loading at any given time and using only as much power as is instantly needed. In addition, it uses AMD Cool’n’Quiet™ technology – which features AMD CoolCore™ and AMD Multi-Point Thermal Control – to reduce heat and noise.

It is worthy to note that this motherboard uses solid state capacitors, which provide more stable power under high temperature than motherboard with selectrolytic capacitors.

The MSI 970A-G46 is available at R 1,098.99 instore or online.

MSI 970A-G46 Socket AM3+ motherboard

MSI 970A-G46 specifications:

CPU compatibility

64bit AMD® FX, Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 and Sempron CPU in AM3 / AM3+ package.

Hyper Transport Bus

HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 4.8GT/s 


AMD® 970 and SB950 Chipset

Main Memory

Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866/2133* (OC) DRAM, 32GB Max


– 2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
– 2 PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
– 2 PCI slots, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface.

On-Board SATA

– 6 SATA III (1~6) ports by AMD® SB950
– Supports storage and data transfers at up to 6Gb/s

RAID Function

– SATA III 1~6 support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 mode by AMD® SB950

USB 3.0

2 USB 3.0 ports by Asmedia® ASM1042


– Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC892
– True Blu-ray Audio Support
– Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
– Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec


– Realtek PCI-E GbLAN controller 8111E
– Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in single chip
– Supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s and 1000Mb/s
– Compliance with PCI-Express Bus specification v1.0a

Internal I/O Connectors

– 1 x ATX 24-pin power connector
– 1 x ATX 8-pin 12V CPU power connector
– CPU x 1 / System x 2 FAN connectors
– 1 x Front panel audio connector
– 1 x Front panel connector
– 1 x Chassis intrusion switch connector
– 3 x USB 2.0 connectors
– 6 x Serial ATA III connectors
– 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
– 1 x SPDIF-out connector
– 1 x TPM module connector

Back Panel I/O Ports

– 1 x Optical SPDIF-out
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
– 1 x Serial port
– 6 x USB 2.0 ports
– 2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue)
– 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
– 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack


30.5cm (L) x 22.5cm (W)

ATX Form Factor

Take a closer look at the MSI 970A-G46 Socket AM3+ motherboard:

MSI AMD 970A-G46-Socket AM3+

Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio

Onboard PC audio gets better! MSI is the first to implement the most high-end HD Audio codecs available. Only MSI offers the Loss-less 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio function with an incredible 109 SNR dB value to provide the most clear and vivid HD audio quality. This board supports 7.1 channels surround sound playback with a 2-channel independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel 3.5 inch phone jack.

Date: 15 Nov 2012