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!
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.
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.