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 Overclocking
Overclocking greatly varies due to what hardware is being used and who is doing the overclocking. Always remember that no two pieces of hardware will perform the same, so our results will differ from what you might be able to get.
With stock BIOS settings, the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor runs with a 200MHz bus speed (base clock) and an x14.0 multiplier that is used to reach the final core clock of 2.8GHz when all the cores are at full load.
Firing up the MSI 890FXA-GD70 into the BIOS I was able to enable the OC Genie Lite function. This will automatically find the highest stable fsb for your system. The whole process takes 40-90 seconds, after which we has a rock solid overclock of 658MHz with a fsb of 247MHz! Which is a solid overclock, especially since we didn't have to do anything aside from setting the OC Genie to enable.
When manually setting the overclock on the MSI 890FXA-GD70 we were able to get past that 4GHz barrier, though it was only 4MHz. This is the second board that we have hit a wall at a fsb of 286-287. That is quite possibly the limit of this particular AMD Phenom II X6 1055T with out much higher voltages, unfortunately the ThemalTake SpinQ VT is already being pushed to the limits of its cooling capacity.
Firing up wPrime we can see that each setting was stable with a full load across all six cores. wPrime also allows us to see the performance gains from each overclock. Using the OC Genie Lite to overclock we knocked ~45 seconds or ~18.5% off of the overall time. Cranking up the overclock to 4.004GHz we can knock off~89 seconds or ~30% off of the overall time.
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conlusion
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