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 standards, we never once experienced a component failure on our sample, even during overclocking.
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. But overall, the 990FXA-GD80 is a reasonably priced, well-laid-out basis for an AM3+ system, whether you’re building a single-card basic performance system or a multiple-graphics-card extreme powerhouse.
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. As you might have expected from the GD-80, MSI designates this board as being the top of the food chain in MSI's AMD line up.
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
Excerpt: With our FX-8150 well and truly having done the rounds in launch coverage, it's time to see what's going on with some of the boards that we've been collecting here over the past few weeks prior to the launch of Bulldozer.
Summary: Well at the end of the day what do we have on the table with the new MSI 990FXA-GD80? Okay for starters if you are looking for a faster solution for your current CPU you will not find that in the new 990FX chipset as it main features are better CPU support, both SLI and CrossFire support and a slightly faster Hyper Transport.
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 lanes, so you don't have to worry about disabling a SATA6 or USB 3.0 port when you add that second or third graphics card. The performance of the MSI motherboard was excellent.
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!
Summary: My impressions of the 990FXA-GD80 aren’t very good. It was quirk after, issue, after quirk while testing this board. M-Flash didn’t work, the Control Center software sucks, the Click-BIOS is atrocious, the network port basically crapped out on me, and the overclocking could have been better than it was. I’d be far more inclined to overlook most of these issues if the 990FX chipset was brand new and in need of maturation.
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. Most thought that it would be a shrink of the then current 890FX, and the new SB950 southbridge would have improvements to the SATA 6G controller, as well as a native USB 3.0 implementation. Today we finally get to see the reality of the situation.
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. Here's a hint: it's not the GD80.