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.
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: So, just like the other AMD 990FX based motherboard reviews allow me to split up this conclusion into two segments, the AMD chipset and the MSI motherboard. We'll start off with the chipset. To be totally honest I expected more features and innovation in the 990FX chipset, pretty much this a petit overhaul of the 890FX chipset with very subtle yet small changes.
Summary: The MSI 990FXA-GD80 came well packed with lots of accessories, manuals and additional software. The overall build quality of the motherboard seemed to be of a very high standard together with the use of Class 2 Military Components. I had no issues with any of the design (the blue matched well with other existing components) or layout of the motherboard and the installation into my Corsair Carbide 300R case went very smoothly.
Excerpt: Fazit: Das MSI 990FXA-GD80 glänzt im Test mit perfekten Leistungswerten und toller Ergonomie. Zur umfangreichen Ausstattung gehören neben acht SATA-Anschlüssen auch vier Grafikkarten-Steckplätze - darunter zwei PCIe 16x. So eignet sich das AM3-Mainboard perfekt für CrossFire- und SLI-Verbunde.
Pros: Vier PCIe-Slots, Acht SATA-Anschlüsse, Sehr gute Ergonomie, Sehr gute Benchmarkergebnisse
Summary: Nel complesso, le prestazioni della MSI 990FXA-GD80 si sono dimostrate di ottimo livello e le funzionalità aggiuntive presenti in questo prodotto conferiscono alla scheda MSI un valore aggiunto.
L’adozione di componenti certificati secondo i rigorosi test Military Standard garantisce la qualità della scheda madre e ne aumenta la durata nel tempo, probabilmente ben oltre il suo periodo di utilizzo effettivo data la veloce obsolescenza dell’hardware in ambito informatico.