Conclusion: Well the numbers look bleak for this board to be honest but the innovation, different design ideas, price, color scheme, complete stability, complete set of push buttons, quad Crossfire support, powered eSATA, dual LAN ports, sideways SATA ports, and so on are what won it over for me. Sometimes it’s not all about numbers to make a great board.
AM3 motherboard shootout: DFI DK 790FXB-M3H5 vs MSI 790FX-GD70
26 April 2009
Summary: Today, we have a look at two AMD AM3 motherboards, the first AMD DDR3 platform available for desktop users. Both DFI and MSI were kind enough to send us a sample of their most high-end product series, which will be tested both on performance and overclockability. We threw in a DDR2-based motherboard to find out whether or not the new memory support gives a true advantage.
Summary: MSI have done a pretty good job with the MSI 790FX-GD70 (AM3) Motherboard. It's one of the most featured-packed motherboard available for the AM3 platform. Looking at the results from our benchmarks, the performance is on-par with other AM3 motherboards and it competed very well against offerings from Asus and Gigabyte.
The motherboard supports all socket AM3 processors, as well as DDR3 ram and Quad crossfire.
Pros: - Support AMD's new Phenom II X4 (AM3) Processors, - Support DDR3 memory, - OC Dial and diagnostic LEDs, - APS (Active Phase Switching), - DrMOS feature, - Supports CrossfireX and Quad Crossfire, - Onboard Power-On, Reset, Clear CMOS and Green Power switches, - Ideal for gaming enthusiasts
Cons: - Intel Core i7 is still a thorn hard to ignore, - Not compatible with AM2+ processors
Conclusion: We must admit, the MSI 790FX-GD70 has left us with a very positive impression. Beginning with physical aspects of the board, we’d have to say that the overall layout of the GD70 is very good. Considering that it is stacked with expansion slots, MSI did a great job of keeping most connectors and components out of the way. The chipset position and large passive cooling solution is also top-notch.
Excerpt: AMD har med Phenom II og AM3-sokkelen imponert med høy ytelse til gunstige priser, og gjør det for tiden skarpt i mellomsegmentet. Vi har sett nærmere på hovedkortet 790FX-GD70 fra MSI, som støtter de nyeste AMD-prosessorene og DDR3-minne.
Conclusion: Ora então vamos lá à conclusão de mais um artigo. A MSI apostou forte neste modelo GD70 para a plataforma Dragon da AMD. Em termos de aspecto e organização do layout a motherboard é muito boa. É também uma escolha excelente para quem utiliza ou pretende utilizar uma configuração multi-GPU. Enfim, em termos de especificações esta motherboard não desaponta.