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Item#: N82E16813130136

MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 790FX
  • Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2
  • DDR2 1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • David H.
  • 11/24/2013 1:34:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs5+ Years

Pros: I have had this Motherboard in my desktop for over 5 years. Was able to upgrade the pro0cessor to a Phenom II after two years, that was great. It is still working extremely well. No issues.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Wondering if I can upgrade to DDR3 memory?

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  • Bryan H.
  • 3/17/2013 5:43:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Chugging along

Pros: I have also had this for 5 years now, never had serious issues.
Supports AM3 processors like the Phenom II series, I upgraded a couple years ago to the x6 1090T and am loving it! still one of the top CPUs for gaming with AMD and well supported on this old motherboard.
Overclocking is very easy.

Cons: I have had the occasional lockup, but not sure if it is related to the motherboard or if it is an overclocking stability issue...

Other Thoughts: DDR2 RAM is still expensive, lol... but the RAM I originally put in here is still working great and benchmarks very well

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  • Daniel B.
  • 2/5/2013 11:21:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest mobo I've ever owned

Pros: 5 years old and still going strong. Never once had a single issue with it.

Supported such a wide range of parts that I've been able to upgrade roughly every year since I purchased it.

Currently going to purchase a higher end PCI-E 2.0 video card to push this to its limits and hopefully get another couple of years out of it.

Cons: Not AM3. But this came out before AM3 really took off.

Other Thoughts: Reviewers that rated this board poorly either had fluke boards or never owned it in the first place. It is a flawless mobo. A+

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  • bryce h.
  • 12/19/2012 10:14:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Investment

Pros: I'm please with this motherboard.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2012 12:16:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill in my case

Pros: Very stable and reliable MB that gave me almost everything. Easy maintenance.

Cons: Mising wake on LAN feature and missing TPM modul. In the MSI internet site there was a misleading description for a long time that it is "(optional)" feature now I see that this statement is deleted and just the user's manual contains instructions "how to" plug in a TPM Modul (optional) to TPM pin header, but the MB pins are missing, just "dots" are showing where the Modul should be pluged in.

Other Thoughts: I do have one TPM Modul but I've no idea how to use it without pin header. So my idea was to solder pin header on the bottom side of the motherboard where the 'optional' JTPM wholes are indicated. I wrote to MSI but the support gave me a laconic answer that is not possible.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2009 7:21:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Motherboard

Pros: Couple this motherboard with an Athlon X2 3GHZ CPU and 4GB of DDR2 800 memory and you have a very nice machine for editing video! I'm very satisified with the speed at which it can render video, one of my main concerns when I put this machine together.

Cons: None - everything fine worked 1st time

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/4/2009 8:21:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well with Linux and XP

Pros: Works as expected, decent number of features.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Have had 1 of these for a year (June 2008 to June 2009). Have had zero problems on a dual boot Opensuse Linux and windows XP.
Just got a second one a week ago for a client and about to order a third one for home.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/1/2009 5:47:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTrouble free and cheap!

Pros: Easy to install, plenty of space. No memory issues, really good manual.

Cons: I couldn't get the 5.1 audio to run on my home theater, i dont know if its an issue with the motherboard or the audio system. the optic audioo out broke off, the motherboard kept working anyway. Just be careful

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/28/2009 1:07:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Yet another one of those objects that are never really noticed inside the computer and I can't think of really anything to put in the pros area, theirs not a single thing wrong with it, its just never done anything 'special'. Though I will say with the heat pipes it looks beautiful through the side panel on my computer.

Cons: No cons, its done its job from day one and not a single flaw. I had a older flash drive that if left plugged in when the bios was starting it got to "Scanning for USB devices..." and never went on. What happened with that I'm not sure and it only did it 2 times, but just to be safe and I needed a bigger flash drive anyways I went out and bought a 8gb U3 Flash Drive and it stays plugged in almost all the time, never a problem. Maybe the flash drive was just too old? I don't know. I gave the old one to my dad and he loves it, and I got a new 8gb flash drive so I'm happy.

Other Thoughts: It annoys you that "No RAID array was found." every time you start your computer till you either start a RAID or turn off the RAID card in BIOS. Its a quick and simple fix or just ignore it if you don't mind it taking 5seconds of your time on start up. Who knows maybe some day you will get a RAID and it saves you 1 button to push xD

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/23/2009 6:02:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI am losing hope over NE customers!

Pros: I am flabbergasted. I have had this motherboard for over A YEAR now and it has been nothing short of excellent. Now I know people can get a DOA every so often, and one should realize this is usually UPS's fault for bouncing around your hardware, not MSI sending you a bad board. But ALAS I read through these reviews and the stuff I see, and people giving it low eggers is just ridiculous. One guy adds more ram, probably different, doesn't work for him, he gives low eggs, another go appears to be using an older X2 and it doesn't crank for him, low eggs. Another guy appearentently is stuck in the 90s with a handful of IDEs and he buys this bboard, low eggs. I mean come on people, JUDGE THE board not your lack of compententcy on build a box!!!!!

Cons: I have a 9950BE OC'd to 3.4 Ghz with some OCZ Reapers OC'd to 1148! This thing just rips it. I will admit, toying with MSI's BIOS can be a roll of the dice, and I'd be the first to advice against unless you absolutely have too. But COME ON, please all youy knuclke heads, JUDGE the BOARD, not how ity reacts to your hardware difficeiences.

Other Thoughts: THANK you.
If you do need some advice, go to www.eggxpert.com, you'll get all the best help you'll need.

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