MSI 790FX-GD70 Socket AM3 Motherboard Review

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Bundle and BIOS

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

The MSI box is attractive in its design and proudly proclaims the features on the board.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

The bundle is pretty decent with the board.  It comes with a manual, quick start guide, user guide, the driver and app cd, the MSI extras CD, a back plate, Crossfire bridges, IDE, floppy and SATA cables, power adapters and several header extensions to make it easier to use the headers on the board.  There are lots of goodies here!

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

This is the main page of the AMI BIOS.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Here are the Standard CMOS Features.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

These are the Advanced BIOS Features.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

You have your Integrated Peripherals.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Here’s Power Management.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

This is the Hardware monitor.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

This shows the Green Power age.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

You can set a password for the BIOS here.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Here’s the top of the Cell Menu…

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

…and here is the bottom half of the Cell Menu

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

The CPU FSB Frequency goes up to 600.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

The CPU multiplier goes up to x32.5.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

The CPU-NB frequency multiplier goes up to x20.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Here is the Advanced Clock Calibration. The options are Disabled, Auto, All and Per core.  Setting this to all or per core allowed our triple-core processor to be unlocked and add a fourth core.  We will write more on that later in another review!

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

This shows the auto overclock technology.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Here is the OC booster.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Here is the OC Dial Function.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Memory Z page lets you select each memory bank to see info about the dimm, as you see in the next picture…

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review
MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

DDR timings can be set here…

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

DDR divider…

All the voltages we will show at the max available. 

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

1.55v max for the CPU VDD Voltage.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

CPU-NB VDD goes up to 1.55v.

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Vcore goes up to 1.955v, which is plenty.  Here are a few other voltages to look at…

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review
MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

Vdimm goes up to 2.4v…

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

MFlash was a great way to back up and flash a new BIOS.  We used it and had no issues at all!

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard Review

You can also save different BIOS settings to recall them super fast as you use your rig.

Alright, let’s move on!

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