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Item#: N82E16813130190

MSI DKA790GX Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 790GX
  • Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron
  • DDR2 1066/800
  • (DDR2 1066 only for AM2+)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Keith M.
  • 3/18/2009 5:30:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsehhhhh

Pros: nice board, good overclocker, nice box.

Cons: on board lan died after 3 weeks, on board audio always had a hissing sound, could not figure that out. Bios is a PITA to get updated. Search MSI forums to update with thumb drive.

Other Thoughts: Had to RMA this board, got refund and went with ASUS. This MSI board can overclock great. Wish the Asus could do the same.

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  • John J.
  • 3/14/2009 6:03:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBeware if using this for an HTPC or Server

Pros: The board has a lot of features and a reasonably low price, but it's quite flaky (I realize this is a backhanded pro, but I'm short on them). When it did run, it seemed to function well.

The bios menus were reasonably well laid out and provided useful information, which helped a lot since the manual was basically useless unless you wanted to know only the most basic information.

I spent 5 years as a Network Administrator for a reasonable sized company working on a great many board and have worked in the high tech industry ever since so I'm reasonably well versed in what's good and what's not. I do hope that it's just that I ended up with a defective motherboard and it's not that MSI really did design something to be this bad. I guess, if you're just using this board for a basic PC and not using the on board graphics or RAID card, then it might be a good board, but it seems like you'd be paying for a lot of stuff that you're not using.

Cons: This board is an unmitigated disaster as an HTPC. It would work fine for days and then the video drivers would crash and make you have to restart the system. It's the phantom, intermittent problems that are the worst and drain the most time diagnosing and I haven't seen a board riddled with as many of these since back in the late 90's when Tyan experimented with dual Pentiums for the first time.

To add insult to injury, they don't even have a 64 bit HDMI audio driver for Windows Vista. This is something you discover usually when you have finished all your install work and are hooking it into your home theater system and wonder why you don't get more than 2 channels of audio and then spend hours debugging the system only to discover that you're using the default windows driver. I had to reinstall a 32 bit version of Vista and then I got 7 channel audio.

I've tried every variation of driver for the on board HD 3300 and none of them resolved the issue.

Other Thoughts: So after I finally gave up trying to get this board to work after about a month (and after I was outside of my return window), I thought I could try and reuse the board as a server board. After all it has RAID 5 capabilities and 5 slots, right? Well this produced a menagerie of different errors that often took hours to even get to (like crashing in the middle of formatting the array, or getting half way through an install and then saying "Cannot initialize UI subsystem". The RAID controller would also intermittently allow the DVD drive to boot or not boot. In case you're curious I was trying to install Windows Home Server, which I ended up having to install using a $60 PCI SATA RAID card because the onboard controller wasn't up to the task.

In the end you have to make your own decision, but I would stay far away from this board if you value your time.

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  • Adrian L.
  • 3/13/2009 9:39:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWell...

Pros: Looks great has almost everything.

Cons: I fried my first CPU in about 2 weeks, I thought it was this board so I RMAed it to MSI, and I got it back in about 2 weeks. Well it wasn't the board, MSI couldn't tell me what if anything they fixed.

The onboard lan works intermittently. It always works when I start the computer, but sometimes disconnects and I have to restart the computer.

Other Thoughts: Over all I like the board, I probe3bly would buy a cheaper brand if I did it over again. I did use LIVE UPDATE to flash the bios to 1.5 and it worked!!

I can't boot if I use the overclocking switches. (AMD 7750 kuma 2.7)

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  • Timothy K.
  • 3/13/2009 12:10:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDEAD Networking

Pros: Seemed like a decent board.

Cons: Built-in network card inop after 1 1/2 months. Too late for RMA with Newegg and horrible tech support from MSI.

Other Thoughts: My first and LAST MSI product. Customer service is lost in definition on this company..!!! STEER CLEAR

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  • Michael B.
  • 2/23/2009 12:24:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: Installed perfect, no real problems,and runs great. Tons of oc options in bios.

Cons: Came with 1.2 bios, would boot the Phenom II 940 but showed as unknown model until updated. Bios was a pain to flash, mainly because I never flashed using a boot disk, but once I found direction to make one on msi site, went smoothly. Next to no information about hybrid crossfire, I thought it would crossfire with any crossfire card, well after I finally found some unofficial sites with information I guess it will only work with a 34xx series card (I have a 4870, so less 1 egg due to lack of notification on compatible hybrid crossfire configuration)

Other Thoughts: Running Phenom II 940, MSI DKA790GX Platinum, MSI R4870 1G gddr5, 8gigs (4x2gig) Kingston Hyper-x DDR2 1066 (running at 800mhz), 2x120gig sata Western Digital HDD's in Raid 0, 650w Antec power supply, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit.

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  • THANHDANH N.
  • 2/14/2009 8:42:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: less one egg because floppy port error(RMA it!) need to use usb bootdriver for second one!

Cons: good gamer board!

Other Thoughts: using usb bootdriver to update to bios V1.6, run faster than my son Q6600 with the same condition!

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  • Bob L.
  • 2/14/2009 6:00:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBeats Expectations

Pros: Overall, a very nice motherboard. MSI has taken its AMD chipset line to a new level, they've improved over the years.

Using a Phenom II 940, and I have to say it is very nice for the price. With the old BIOS it booted the 940, didn't have to swap out the processor to update the BIOS, which got it up and running very quickly.

A huge advantage of the AMD/ATI platform chipset is that driver setups are very simple, for me, with a dozen or so systems and multiple versions of XP, Vista x86 and x64, and now Windows 7 x86 and x64, it helps to get drivers from one source, cross compatability between systems makes my life much simpler.

Also, my OS of choice right now is Windows 7, using x64, build 7000. The system, although difficult to deal with interesting software incompatabilities and sometimes funny behaviors, is just too beautiful for me to turn away from. I'm actually not wanting to use xp for anything, even though w7 doesn't do all I need.

Quad is wonderful!

Cons: The board came with v1.2 BIOS, and yes, it was a pain to update. I cannot blame MSI for my grief since floppys are nearly extinct in my lab, ended using a dvd-rw to update the flash the first time.

Biggest problem was the BIOS checksum error. Having purchased an openbox version, I was always questioning whether or not there was something wrong with the board. But once I flashed ( and by the way I discovered the window's flash from the AMI website which was not supposed to work, worked very well ) those problems were over until the ati beta w7 beta messed it up again.

A resetting of default values (there is a convenient CMOS button on the mother board, and readjusting the sideport memory fixed that problem.

Other Thoughts: I bought the open box version and it came complete with everything, was very surprised about that, I would sometimes get the right board in a different box, and not a single accessory, but this time all accessories, softdisks (never used), manual, quickguide, etc. was included.

Initially started with a Antec Truepower 330, about 3 years old, and it worked fine, no problems, using two hd's and 2x2 gigs: absolutely NO Issues with power.

All the OS's worked, I've loaded all, and some a few times on different hd's, Vista x64 sp1 no issues at all, again, I am 'preferring' Windows 7 x64: I have not had a single BSOD once!

Running the 940 at full speed, even with a PS at 285W worked fine, not a single real motherboard issue has developed, that I can say, on any OS.

All in all, very happy with this MB, w7 graphics performance: Desktop Aero - 4.2; 3D Graphics 5.3. Processor 7.3, Memory 5.9 (skill 1066 running at 400mhz), disk transfer 5.9 (wd3200aaks single platter).

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  • Karl B.
  • 2/13/2009 5:10:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Blazing fast works well with Vista and XP. I know benchmarks are faster with I7 but prices are way higher for the package. Best of all S3 sleep finally works reliably so I can save power but be up in 20 secs, also my same DSL line downloads noticeably faster on this chipset.

Cons: None for me. Limit 8 gig memory if you are super power user.

Other Thoughts: Great bang for the buck, great board and could be set up for gaming if that was your goal.

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  • Vince G.
  • 2/7/2009 4:35:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsmsi vs asus

Pros: High end chipset. Good on board audio. Easy upgrade to am3 and 1066. I'm a big fan of heatpipe designs. Don't have to worry too much about excess heat and noise. Power buttons on the board. All outputs imaginable. Love the 2 usb ports where a ps2 would normally be. Keeps the keyboard and mouse separate. Solid caps.

Cons: Main drawbacks are not really the boards problems, but the extras. The included msi update software doesnt really work properly, nor does the downloaded stuff. Had to pull a floppy drive out of an old pc to update the bios. The packaging was a little odd with a blank extras cd and not much protecting the board. Also, the right angle sata connectors are kinda hit and miss. Awkward for my Antec 900, but may be good for others.

Other Thoughts: This board replaced an Asus m2n-sli deluxe. The asus was a solid board but I couldnt really upgrade it any further, so I decided to move up. Both seem to be made well. Lots of copper to move heat around. The main difference seems to be that the asus was made to sort of set and forget. I didnt need to adjust the bios or install drivers (except for the awful onboard audio). Everything just worked with Vista. This msi board seems to be more of a builders board. Made for someone who wants to be able to adjust and play with things. Drivers were needed for everything, and I had to play with the bios right off to get the cpu fan to slow down. I'll probably go with asus next time, but this is a solid gamer/builder board from msi.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/7/2009 11:56:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWoes of MB

Pros: It works enough to Install Vista. It has many tweaks.

Cons: UMA and Sideboard memory when enabled caused effect like "Lost in Space" computer. Colored blocks on the screen and distorted txt. 128mb of Memory is Bad. I ran memtest on memory I got and it works (tried another from working machine too).

Other Thoughts: Support from MSI is a Joke. I put posting on system and got no reply. I tried to post on BBS and that system is bigger joke. Could not get verification email to join the system to post even.

I RMA the board. Not happy with MSI next build Gigiabyte.

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