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MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 890FX
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2133* (OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Samuel B.
  • 1/19/2014 2:20:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood specs, some issues

Pros: Looks like a good board.
Has RAID 5 options
Supports FX-8350
I used almost all its pcie and SATA ports and it was somewhat stable for almost a year.

Cons: Shipped with one bad SATA port.
Stability issues with PCIE 1x & 16x cards
With the power maintained, soft reboots can lead to BIOS check sum errors...
Stability uses may have greatly contributed to the loss of an SSD drive and a 3 disk RAID 5 array.

Other Thoughts: RMAed the board, hoping the boards gets tested, the SATA port repaired, and MSI's techs fix everything they can find that is contributing to the stability issues on the board.

Also hoping the repaired or replacement board that comes back will actually work 100% correctly, with all ports intact, and that the returned items will be more stable in the long run and not something that will start experiencing significantly worse errors within a few months*.

* I have gotten MSI RMA replacement boards before that have themselves died completely just outside of the original warranty.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Hopefully the replacement will work as it's supposed to.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Bret D.
  • 8/22/2013 8:25:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsProblems with FX-8350

Pros: Worked well with old Phenom II X4 955.

Cons: So far the board is incompatible with the FX-8350 cpu. Downloaded latest BIOS (18.9) and it then at least would boot into the BIOS and run for 15-20 minutes under no load--then a black screen.
MSI Tech support then sent me a beta BIOS, which helped keep the unit running for 90+ mins, but still locked up. Now waiting to hear if my mobo is still under warranty, as MSI apparently knows that some of their 890 boards will not run with the new the processors unless modified.

Other Thoughts: While I try to figure out how to RMA this mobo and get a modified one in return...I ordered a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5!

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  • Donovan A.
  • 8/20/2013 7:15:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLots of Long Term problems

Pros: Fairly priced, aesthetics are nice. Looks really good on spec sheet

Cons: After about a year of use it died, during that year I had random restarts. I filed a warranty claim with MSI, and it took about a month to get a new motherboard.(very slow)

After about 3 months of using the "refurbished" board they sent me , it failed run as well. Not a good board

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/19/2013 12:48:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsA pain.

Pros: Worked well for the first year. Then I started having boot problems and signal not getting to the monitor.

Cons: RMA'd it. Got it back 2 weeks later. Worked for a grand total of 2 days. Computer kept freezing every 15 minutes. Now it is not even responding. I have a new CPU and Graphics card. I have tested everything and all signs point to the mobo being dead. I am not getting any signal to my monitor and it is distressing that I paid a lot for shipping to get the exact same mobo back with all its faults. It is not working after it froze my system and crashed.

Other Thoughts: I got a new motherboard that fits my CPU. It works a million times better without all the headache. Do yourself a favor and if you still have this mobo just replace it and get a new one. It will cause way too many problems down the line. It worked well for when it did. But now it might as well just be a door stopper. Sorry MSI I liked your other products but this motherboard was just terrible.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Johnathon R.
  • 8/11/2013 1:43:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTricky Motherboard

Pros: It does a good job and has overclocking abilities

Cons: This board has some weird setting called "Cool and Quiet" in the bios. That needs to be turned off or the MoBO will shut itself off when it reaches a certain temperature. It is in the advanced cmos setting section I think. Once I turned that feature off,, it did not do the seemingly random shut offs anymore until I upgraded the BIOs and that feature was turned back on by default. I do not understand that feature or why it was there, or why it was so sensitive. **Note** If you do this, you may want to buy and install a stronger CPU cooler. I installed the Cooler Master V8 and it keeps the CPU cool enough for me to feel comfortable.

Other Thoughts: I think there should have been a mention about the Cool and Quiet feature in the trouble shooting with solution of turning it off if the motherboard shuts down unexpectedly.

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  • Tyler R.
  • 7/29/2013 2:04:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAfter 1 year or so

Pros: Worked solidly when I first bought it and didn't look into it until I started getting shutdown issues like everyone else has been complaining about.

Cons: The shutdown problems are starting to get worse and worse and I didn't know this board had been discontinued until just recently. Starting to think it is hurting other parts though because my screen and keyboard go off while the system stays on. So I'm forced to flip the switch in the back to actually shut it off.

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  • Cameron T.
  • 3/21/2013 11:37:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAfter a year, not so great

Pros: This board looked great on "paper" and performed great the first few months I had it. SATA III and memory channels seem to work fine.

Cons: Many flaws. I have had random blue screens and freezes, happens once a month or so. All my other hardware is just as old as the motherboard and has been tested separately, and I have narrowed it down to the mobo. Have upgraded CMOS already with no changes to the random lockups and blue screens.

Every time I shut my computer off, my speakers emit loud static for 1-2 seconds. So the onboard sound is junk too.

Could not overclock my AMD Phenom II X6 1090t even a little. Could not run stably. AMD chip runs hot on this board for some reason.

Other Thoughts: I'm disappointed in myself for buying this board. I will never buy MSI again, after getting the 6950 Twin Frozr and having that temp high as well. Just in case you're wondering, it's not an airflow issue, I am running Scythe Ultra Kazes and have tried the side panel off too.

Will probably buy an ASUS to replace this board. Big disappointment, especially for the $150 I paid for it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Stability issues can be caused by various of factors and it could be multiple causes.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Or you can email us at usreview@msi.com, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Tim A.
  • 12/31/2012 2:01:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsRough and tumble

Pros: No comment

Cons: Started with a DOA but got a quick RMA turnaround. After about a year I suddenly encountered repeated crashes, spent a fortune replacing boot drive, video card, even memory, and finally came to the conclusion this MB is bad news. MSI web site was down for several days, finally reached them. Other than that MSI has been reasonably responsive. Awaiting their response but I'm pretty much convinced I need to dump the MSI and start over. (ASUS?)

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  • Curtis C.
  • 12/14/2012 11:19:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Great board on paper.

Cons: Stability problems. All top notch component build, ran good for 6-8 months, stock settings no O/C, then started the 'no usb, no video' at idle, and reboot during use. Same problem that is reported all over here and the net.

Other Thoughts: BIOS update worked, but after win7 would not boot. Next boot cycle went into BIOS Recovery mode, found the bios on USB, then did nothing for 12 hours. Next boot, NO POST, bricked. Building systems for 15 years, and this is the first one with a bricked board due to BIOS update.

Still under warranty, but what's the point, MSI hasn't admitted the boards are faulty, pay shipping to get what back?!

Manufacturer Response:

Motherboard RMA request #1:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA with the following information.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section (as detailed as possible)

Once your information and warranty coverage are verified then we can proceed with this RMA for you.
Our turn-around time is typically about one week and our system will notify you automatically at every stage of your RMA process.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Daniel B.
  • 12/13/2012 1:38:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsRandom Shutdown

Pros: This board when I bought it had everything I was looking for, I was very happy with it

Cons: The board was shutting down randomly, but not very frequently sometimes in high draw situations and sometimes when left untended. The problem was not very severe and I worked around it, and was just going to upgrade to a new msi board, but wanted to check that new board against this seeing all the others with the identical problem.

Other Thoughts: The boards random shut downs are not debilitating, and it would seem that MSI has fixed the problem now, meaning that anyone looking to purchase should not take it into account.

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