MSI 790GX-G65 ATX Motherboard Review

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Test Setup

MSI 790GX G65 Motherboard with HD 4870x2 and Corsair Dominator GT

Today we used our Phenom II testbed with the AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor. With the 790GX-G65 the memory was run at DDR3-1600 7-7-7-21-32 as the CPU doesn’t feature a DDR3-1866 divider. With the 790GP-DS4H motherboard the memory was run at DDR2-800 4-4-4-16-28. Vista Ultimate x64 with SP1 was used along with the latest revisions of all our test applications.

For the extreme overclocking, my two stage cascade was utilized. The cascade compresses ethylene and evaporates it at -95 Celsius. To prevent board damage from condensation the board was insulated with modeling clay following this guide.

AMD Test Platform



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AMD Phenom II X3 720


MSI 790GX-G65


Corsair 2x2GB DDR3-1866C7 Dominator GT

Video Card

PaLiT HD 4870×2

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB


Scythe Ninja RevB

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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