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MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review
|Date:||Thu, Jul 29, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
MSI 890FXA-GD70 System BIOS
When you fire up the MSI 890FXA-GD70 into the BIOS you will find yourself looking at this page. This page serves as a portal which will lead you into the depths of the BIOS.
The Standard CMOS Features bring you to this page. Here you can see what devices you have plugged into which port.
The Advanced BIOS Features will give you access to the boot settings and various other features found above.
The Integrated Peripherals page allows you to enable or disable different onboard devices such as the USB, LAN, and the HD Audio controller.
The Hardware Monitor page is a very useful page. It allows you to check all of your fans to make sure they are running and cooling properly. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has caught themselves forgetting to plug in a CPU fan while on the Hardware monitor page.
The Green Power page allows you to enable or disable the phase control of the CPU and DDR Memory. You can also enable or disable the onboard Phase Control LED's.
The Cell Menu is where all of the Overclocking magic happens. The top section of the Cell Menu allows you to change the FSB, multiplier, Turbo Multiplier. Various technologies such as AMD Cool'n'Quiet, C1E Support and AMD Turbo Core Technology can be enable or diabled here as well. If the situation arises that you are one of the lucky ones who has a processor that is built on more cores than are active, such as the AMD Phenom II X2's or X3's. You can attempt to unlock the "extra cores" by enabling the Unlock CPU Core option near the bottom of the photo.
Scrolling down on the Cell Menu we can see the top option is the OC Genie Lite. This feature will automatically detect the maximum FSB clock and automatically overclock the system. Below that is the option to enable the OC Dial that is on the MSI 890FXA-GD70. Below that we have the memory and HT link sections.
With all of the voltage settings at their maximum it is clear to see that there is potential to cause some serious fun (and damage) while overclocking. Just make sure you have proper cooling if you plan on over-volting your system components.
The M-Flash page allows you to flash the system BIOS from a USB drive, or you can back up the BIOS to the USB drive.
The Overclocking Profile allows you to save up to six different overclocking profiles that you can pick and choose between depending on what you are going to be doing with the system.
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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