Legit Motherboard Reviews
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review
|Date:||Thu, Jul 29, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard
“Quality Products Create Faithful Customers” is the motto that drives MSI. Founded in 1986, MSI has been bringing quality computer components to us ever since. Today we have the opportunity to look at one such quality component, the MSI 890FXA-GD70. The MSI 890FXA-GD70 is the top of the line socket AM3 motherboard from MSI. Built around the AMD 890FX and SB850 chipset the MSI 890FXA-GD70 is aimed at the power users and enthusiasts.
Being that the MSI 890FXA-GD70 is designed with the enthusiast and extremist in mind means that it is designed for high performance and long life under extreme conditions. To accommodate these requirements it is built using the highest standards and Military Class Components. All of the Military Class components meet the temperature requirements of US Department of Defense MIL-PRF-39003L standard. What does this translate to four the end users? It means better stability and less heat! MSI uses Icy Chokes which offer a 20 degree Celsius lower temperature than traditional chokes. All of the traditional capacitors are solid capacitors that feature an Aluminum core. In addition to the solid caps, MSI also uses Hi-c Caps (Highly-conductive polymerized Capacitor). The Hi-c Caps use a Tantalum Core which is a rare and highly stable material. The Hi-C Caps have a life expectancy eight times that of solid capacitors.
Below is a video from MSI that talks a little bit about the beginnings and history of the company. If you aren't familiar with MSI it's a video worth watching, and if you are familiar with MSI you know they put out quality products. Though it is still a good video to check out.
If you are like me and want to know all of the specifications of the MSI 890FXA-GD70 before we continue on todays journey, the chart below should satisfy your curiosity.
|CPU (Max Support)||Phenom II|
|FSB / Hyper Transport Bus||up to 5200MT/s|
|DDR3 Memory||DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2133*(OC)|
|Max Memory (GB)||16|
|PCI-E Gen 2.0||Gen2 (2x16, 2x8, 1x4)|
|USB 3.0 ports (Rear)||2|
|USB 2.0 ports (Rear)||6|
|Audio ports (Rear)||6+Coaxial SPDIF/Optical SPDIF|
|Green Power Genie||Y|
Now that the formalities are out of the way, and your curiosity about specifications has been satisfied. Let's move on and take a look at the retail packaging for the MSI 890FXA-GD70.
Next Page - MSI 890FXA-GD70 Retail Packaging
Page 1 - MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard
Page 2 - MSI 890FXA-GD70 Retail Packaging
Page 3 - MSI 890FXA-GD70 Board Layout
Page 4 - MSI 890FXA-GD70 System BIOS
Page 5 - Legit Reviews Test System
Page 6 - PCMark Vantage
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 9 - USB3 Testing
Page 10 - Network Throughput
Page 11 - Rightmark Audio Analyzer
Page 12 - Aliens Vs. Predator
Page 13 - MSI 890FXA-GD70 Overclocking
Page 14 - Final Thoughts and Conlusion