ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte are three companies that manufacture motherboards compatible with AMD's quad-core processors. Respectively, the Crosshair V Formula-Z, the GA-970A-DS3P and the 970 Gaming are three models that can hold quad-core AMD CPUs that use the 32nm AM3+ socket. As of January 2016, AM3+ is the newest socket by AMD.Continue Reading
Able to power CPUs that require up to 220 watts, the Crosshair V can hold 32 gigabytes of DDR3 non-ECC RAM at speeds up to 2,400 megahertz when overclocked. Using the 990FX chipset by AMD, the motherboard also supports four-way NVIDIA SLI and three-way AMD CrossFireX configurations. It has three PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe 2.0 x4 and two PCIe 2.0 x1 expansion slots and features a built-in Supreme FX III audio card that supports up to eight-channel audio, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet controller by Intel.
Building on the AMD 970 chipset, the entry-level GA-970A-DS3P offers support for up to 32 gigabytes of DDR3 DIMM RAM at speeds up to 3,000 megahertz, features a Realtek ALC887 built-in audio card and has a Realtek GbE LAN chip. The motherboard offers one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe 2.0 x4, three PCIe 2.0 x1 and two PCI slots. It also has six SATA connectors and support for RAID configurations.
Tailored for gaming computers, the 970 Gaming motherboard by MSI uses the 970+SB960 chipset by AMD. Also able to hold up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, the motherboard has dual channel RAM support, six SATAIII controllers and a built-in audio card by Realtek. The motherboard also features an E2205 Gigabit Ethernet controller and support for two-way GPU setups by both NVIDIA and AMD. The 970 Gaming has two PCIe 2.0 x16, two PCIe 2.0 x1 and two PCI slots.Learn more about Computers & Hardware