Summary: With this enthusiast class motherboard from MSI, the maker has dedicated 32 lanes from the 890FX total available PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth for videocards, spreading it over four PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.
Conclusion: Overclockability With the Phenom II 965 BE in the 890FXA, I couldn’t leave it at its stock clocks for long. I jumped into the bios with a crazy look in my eye and wasted no time finding the CPU multiplier and bumping the clock up to a healthy 3.8 Ghz without touching any voltage.
Excerpt: It’s almost impossible to drop a processor into MSI’s 890FXA-GD70 motherboard without overclocking it. The reason has nothing to do with MSI not letting you run a chip at stock speeds—it does—but the temptation to goose your processor presents itself at every turn.
Pros: OC Genie rocks; thoughtful layout; SATA placement.
Cons: Performance slightly trails the competition.
Summary: MSI's newest offering supporting AMD's line of processors comes in the form of the 890FXA-GD70. This board could potentially be a P55 killer, with its balance of features and performance prowess. How does it do in the HardOCP gauntlet and better yet, how well does it overclock?
Summary: With the release of the Thuban processors earlier this year, AMD has brought six core CPUs into the realm of affordable desktop machines. And their latest 800-series chipsets are designed to fully support them.
Summary: The AMD 890FX chipset itself is already string at mere baseline settings. We like the added bandwidth available on the PCIe slots, the sheer tweak-ability, the embedded gigabit NIC and sure, the integration of the SATA 6G controller.
Conclusion: MSI’s 890FXA-GD70 is a fantastic premium board at a very reasonable price. For $169 USD (w/ $20 rebate) you get Phenom II X6 support out of the box, Quad CrossFireX support, a usable PCI slot when using CrossFire, a Crosshair IV contender, and appealing aesthetics that complete the package.
Conclusion: The MSI 890FXA-GD70 has a good layout with some great features – we’re always happy to see DrMOS because it works well , and the POST readout and clean layout are also boons. It’s also great to see core unlocking come to MSI motherboards, as you might be able to resurrect the disabled core of a...