Conclusion: The MSI 990FXA-GD80 is an excellent addition to MSI’s lineup of AMD boards. It comes stacked to the brim with attractive features and high-quality components. We really liked the military class components on the board, and though there is no way to test if they are actually up to component...
Conclusion: To be sure, we’d like to see MSI modernize the look of its UEFI BIOS to incorporate some of the user-interface design improvements of the last few years. It's a finishing touch that would make this cutting-edge board look and feel cutting edge.
Pros: Supports both CrossFireX and SLI, Good variety of both current and legacy ports, Inexpensive, versus competing boards
Cons: PCI Express card slots aren’t labeled to indicate bandwidth, BIOS supports mouse but isn’t graphical
Conclusion: After having tested a pretty big cross section of MSI's Intel lineup I was looking forward to getting a crack at what they have to offer in the way of a board built to use AMD's latest "Bulldozer" processors and the 990FX/SB950 chipsets.
Pros: Overclocking, Click BIOS II, Military grade construction, Bundle, THX Audio, Control Center, AM3+ CPU Support, Multi GPU support AMD and NVIDIA, Super Charger, 3TB drive support, 3 Year Warranty
Cons: Large vdroop on vcore, OC Genie failed to work
Conclusion: A motherboard is the foundation of your rig, and thus merits the lion's share of your attention when deciding on components. If you're building a new AMD system, I think a 990FX platform is the way to go, especially for gamers: you can run any AM3 CPU in it and there are lots and lots of PCI-E...
Pros: Excellent performance, surpassing more expensive ASUS motherboard, Extra features such as POST code and power phase displays, Complete accessories package, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. Some people really like these., Military spec components ensure long product life
Cons: UEFI BIOS needs usability work, Skimpy manual, Couldn't match ASUS overclock, Only a single PWM fan header, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. C'mon, it's 2011!
Conclusion: The 990FXA-GD80 was limited in the overclocking department but compensated with a high CPU frequency. The resulting speed wasn’t amazing compared with the competition, but it was enough to secure a solid position.
Summary: AMD’s new 990FX chipset supports the upcoming Q3 Bulldozer release and now have motherboard manufacturers clamoring to put out new product designed for the Zambezi desktop processors. MSI is no exception and as a result it is introducing its 990FXA-GD80. Sans Zambezi.
AMD 990FX/SB950 Release: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX and the MSI 990FXA-GD80
1 June 2011
Excerpt: Word of the AMD 990FX chipset first came around the end of last year. Speculation was brisk as to what new features it would bring, and when exactly it would help to usher in the age of Bulldozer to the world.
Bulldozer mobos from Asus and MSI: Sabertooth 990FX & 990FXA-GD80
30 May 2011
Summary: In some ways, the Sabertooth 990FX and 990FXA-GD80 are very similar boards. But there are also stark differences between them, making it easy to pick a favorite. If you've been paying attention over the preceding pages, you probably have a pretty good idea of which board we prefer.