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MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 990FX
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1800(OC)
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A great blend of performance, features and quality, the MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 AM3+ motherboard offers a solid base stone for your power house with everything you want and nothing you don't. AMD 990FX chipset natively supports the AM3+ processors allowing you to make the most of the latest computing technology. Harnessing groundbreaking DrMOS technology, precise and robust power supply to the CPU is made possible even during demanding situation. Take advantage of Military Class Components for industry leading stability and reliability. Unlock hidden CPU core and potential with a simple press of a button via the OC Genie. Enjoy a great boost of system performance with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio and THX TruStudio PRO, an excellent complement to the solid performance, push your experience to a new level with exquisite, immersive sound reproduction.



 

  • newegg Military Class II The perfect trinity of quality, stability and efficiency all exist at one mainboard to meet end user expectations. The MSI Military Class II series products provide the long lifespan, unparalleled quality, extreme performance and ultimate efficiency. Insisting on the best stability, MSI utilizes Hi-c CAPs on Military Class series. Made of the rare element Tantalum, often used on space shuttles and satellites, which sustains very high temperatures and shows an amazingly high electrical conductivity. The super Ferrite Chokes use a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. Compare with traditional choke, the Super Ferrite Chokes run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature. The lower working temperature will enhance mainboard stability. For providing the highest quality products, Solid CAPs are also built in the entire Military Class series. This not only makes bursting capacitors a non-issue but also ensures a dramatically extended lifetime and ultra-low ESR.
  • newegg DrMOS In order to provide customers stable and high quality products, starting from P45 series mainboards, MSI is leading the industry to introduce the world's most advanced power supply component, DrMOS (Driver-MOSFET), which integrates Driver IC, Top MOSFET and Bottom MOSFET into one chip. Except for its outstanding performance in power saving, DrMOS possesses switch frequency which is 400% faster than traditional MOSFET and has great improvement in stabilizing power supply and voltage control. Even under heavy loading and overclocking conditions, DrMOS can still provide the most stable and efficient power supply and quality.
  • newegg OC Genie II – Overclock & Unlock CPU Core in 1 Second OC Genie II, the most powerful and easy overclocking technology is implemented on MSI's AMD 9-Series mainboards. MSI's OC Genie II completely automates advanced overclocking functions and offers up to 248% higher performance with the simple click of a button. It does not matter if you're a first time hardware owner, or a veteran overclocker, activating MSI OC Genie II will unlock your hidden CPU cores, overclock your CPU and your memory to simply give you the best and stable performance for free on MSI AMD 9-Series mainboard available.
  • newegg APS (Active Phase Switching) Active Phase Switching, APS, technology is an intelligent design that helps to save energy on MSI’s mainboards. The underlying idea is to switch off the power supply as soon as no electricity is needed, and when the system needs more resources again, APS will automatically adjust electricity supply accordingly. APS will automatically detect your processor’s loading at any given time and save energy accordingly. This is only possible by means of a very advanced power controlling technology. Other than software-based solutions, APS technology stands out from MSI's own research. The specially developed IC chip can operate automatically depending on the demands of the power supply, which is to reduce the total power usage.
  • newegg USB 3.0 & SATA III Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute. MSI also has implemented a front panel USB 3.0 port, making the use of an external USB 3.0 device even more convenient. SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your mainboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It’s also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to break the existing bottleneck of a PC’s performance.
  • newegg AMD CrossFireX & NVIDIA SLI AMD CrossFireX / NVIDIA SLI technology allow two or more discrete graphics cards to work in concert in one computer system for scalable gaming performance. With these technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, bringing your gaming to a new level of smooth and realism.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 10/4/2014 3:09:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt has it's quirks, but it's worked fine for me

Pros: - The looks: I have this board tucked into my NZXT tempest 410 Elite, I bought the window just to show it off. With nicely routed cables, it's a thing of beauty. It's looks match the MSI R7770 Ghz edition, (sadly, no blue MSI R9 cards, I'm not that picky, but I must admit the matching colors give a very nice 'case mod' look to the stock setup)

-The cost: It was on sale when I bought it on Newegg (you guys are awesome) I knew it had issues with some of the 8xxx FX CPUs, so I went with the 6300. It's still the most expensive board I've ever bought, and sans a few odd quirks, it's been totally worth it.

- Do you have more usb connected devices then is reasonable? This board is for you... it runs them all. I don't bother with Supercharger, but it does seem to work. don't have anything in 3.0, so can't comemnt.

-black dust cover (Hey, I can actually READ what all of the ports back here are)

-power switch on the motherboard. My other board needs a pocket knife or a jumper switch do to that.

- Phase lights are neat (free blue case-lighting!)

-it plays nice with my Vishera six core. I haven't toched the bios or anything, because I do worry about bricking it, though

-Live update has been improved a good bit over the last few updates, if you're using MSI for your video card, it will update that, too, while it's at it.

-It seems to tolerate underpowered power supplies.
I'm running, on 450w
a 6300, this board, an ssd, two hard drives, a TV tuner card (which this board doesn't always play nice with), an R770, and all three of the NZXT's fans. No issues at all, even while gaming.

- It's built like a tank.
This thing is solid. I've done dumb stuff by accident (forgetting cpu fans, crossing jumpers wrong, ect) And it's never complained any more then it did before. audio connecters are actually solid, the USB ports are sug, little stuff like that.

-those motherboard case connector headers are brilliant. You have saved me tears and misery, MSI, with that little inclusion. I don't have great eyesight, so trying to crane my head down to reattach things is a pain

-It's been reliable
Maybe I got lucky with this one, maybe not. This thing has ran almost 24/7 for two years straight,a nd aside form the odd BOSD (more on that later) it has not had a single failure. That's not too bad, and better then most of the other boards I've owned.

Cons: -It's a finicky beast at times.
So, I got the board before I opted to buy a video card to go in it. I had a GT520 silent that had done well the year before. getting that card to display a picture at bootup was a nightmare. It did happen, eventually, but the resolution was off. When the R7770 came, that went... A bit, easier. Once it was working, it was fine.

-The bios and the R770 don't seem to work well together.
The EFI bios is unusable because of things overlaping and being useless. didn't do that with the Nvidia card. No idea why. I don't want to brick the only gaming box I have, so I've resolved not to mess with it. ClickBios works, though!

-The little plastic retaining clips on the PCIe slots.
MSI, when you're trying to finagle an MSI R770 Ghz (in the longer configuration) into a tightish case, that little plastic becomes an outdated bane of your existence. mine broke off when the card clipped in. It's not a critical piece, but an annoying weak spot in an otherwise sturdy product.

-The PCIe x16's are too far apart for the crossfire cables you guys offer with your cards.
Was going to get a second R7770 to put in, and then realized that the cable that came with the first one wouldn't reach slot 5. Not sure which MSI product to point blame at, but it was annoying.

-no PCIe 3.0
It'd really be nice to fully be able to utilize all that extra power

-random, occasional BSODs
They're a mystery. You never quite know when they'll happen, but they do. a driver for this board occasionally makes Windows freak out. Dunno, I can't make it repeat itself enough to diagnose it.

The sideways layout of the Sata connectors made it hard to stuff all of the hard drives in.

Other Thoughts: It's been a good board to me. I'm glad I didn't buy the 8 core, because apparently most of the problems arise with that one, but the 6300 had worked well here.

There are things that could be improved from a desgin standpoint, especially with the bios, but overall, I've had far less trouble with this board then I have any other in recent memory.

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  • Greg B.
  • 9/24/2014 5:47:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks.

Pros: Looks cool, Runs fine, etc.

Cons: More USB ports, more USB 3.0 ports, and onboard video would have been nice, but I knew what I was buying so that's fine.

Other Thoughts: I replaced an old ASUS motherboard with this thing, and Windows 8 handled the transition without any problems - There was a bit of automatic setup and a few restarts that occurred when I first turned it on, then it just booted right up. Windows re-activated automatically, and now I'm using my computer just as always have.

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  • Stephen A.
  • 9/6/2014 5:58:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs990FX-GD80

Pros: The 1st board I received was fine but wouldn't go into the BIOS with a USB keyboard. MSI insisted I RMA it. I later discovered that this common and 'not' an actual problem with the board itself.

Cons: MSI sent me a replacement board. When I attempted to register this board it came up as 'invalid' on their server. I used the original serial number and their server accepted it. They E-mailed me indicating that the board is 'out of warranty' so I E-mailed them back and told them that the serial number on their replacement board was not accepted by their server, provided the correct serial number and never heard back from them. I was forced to purchase a new 990FXA-GD80 so I could spare myself from reinstalling all the drivers and hoped I would 'not' have to reactivate Windows. Driver part was fine but Microsoft insisted on reactivation. I then attempted to register the new board on their server and keep getting error 404, over and over and over again. They have ignored my requests.

Other Thoughts: The board itself I have no problem with. Seems to last about 3 years which I believe is the length of the warranty. It is the customer service I have a problem with.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 9/6/2014 4:21:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo more MSI for me

Pros: It looks fancy and has digital temperature display

Cons: Constant BSOD, bios was awful, had too much crapware, doesn't work with FX-8350 and OC genie is a joke.

Other Thoughts: I bought this and was so excited when I got all my components together for my build. Oh boy was I in for a ride. At first when it didn't work I called MSI support to ask them what might be the issue. They told me that it was because I hadn't updated the bios so it could run the FX8350. So I take it in to a computer shop and guess what? The board was DOA. The guy on the phone didn't even listen to my problems he just heard "FX8350" and treated me like a novice who wasn't worth his time. So I send it in, and they give me what I thought to be a brand new board! NOPE. Refurbished. Not even properly refurbished. I pop in my processor, put on the paste and think it'll be good to go. I had to install windows twice and even then I'd get a BSOD on the clock every 15 minutes. So frustrating. At this point I was wondering if it could be the RAM since it SHOULDN'T have been the motherboard, and the only problem it seemed to have was turning my files corrupt. So by the time I replace a CPU, RAM and a CPU fan, that's when I've had enough and decided to listen to my friend who said that he just ditched the same MSI board and went with a 100 dollar cheaper ASUS. I did the same thing and oh my gosh I have not been happier. NO PROBLEMS NOW. Do yourself a favor and don't buy MSI because they are horrible with customer service, providing working parts and clearly don't aspire to provide a welcoming customer experience. Never again will I buy MSI. The charade of having to wait an entire year to use my computer will NEVER leave my mind. The only thing my MSI GD80v2 board is good for is functioning as an overly large obnoxious paperweight. I should have just gone with the ASUS board originally because then I'd still have over 300 dollars in my pocket. Don't even try to fix things MSI. The only way you possibly could is to give me a MINIMUM of 75% of what I paid for this piece of junk. And that's being nice.

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  • George P.
  • 9/4/2014 4:47:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Works great

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I purchased this motherboard to build a gaming computer for iRacing. 98% of the time the computer powers up and works just fine. Occassionally, the computer powers up and asks to go into mainboard settings or bypass. I bypass and the computer comes up. Other than that this mainboard has worked flawlessly. I have not tried to overclock. I have an AMD FX8150 processor on it and it just works great for iRacing.

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  • Nathan J.
  • 9/3/2014 3:52:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsjunk board #2

Pros: nice looking, extra space between two video cards, board runs cool with the airflow my air 540 has.

Cons: newegg lists it as fx compitable and some people get them to run well, but the msi website doesnt list the fx chips for this board. if i use msi control center to change anything with the cpu at all, it instantly freezes. thats only after it kept resetting over and over. i dont know whats up with these board since my last msi had my 8350 at 4.6ghz all day long, with both my source 210/h80 and air 540/h110. another rma and im going with an asus.

Other Thoughts: 2nd board i have received that doesnt want to run right. turned right around and put everything back on my 970a-g46 and even with the slower gpu (two at 8x) slots my games and benchmarks all run better.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.


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

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  • Edward H.
  • 8/26/2014 8:53:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBios unstable

Pros: Well organized BIOS

Cons: Only worked for 15 hours. This was a replacement, for a board with dying SATA controllers. Most of the 15 hours was spent recovering & copying data from the old boot drive to a new one. Finished that & was in the command line reinstalling things with corrupted files. When it just shut off. It hasn't stayed running for very long since. I have tested cpu, ram, psu & video card in an other machine. All work just fine. The only way to get it to boot is to reset the bios & use just one stick of ram. And it would stay on for less and less time. It also stopped beeping on post. Heck if you take out the ram it doesn't beep if you try to boot it. The BIOS is unstable is the best I can figure. At this point it will only stay on for a few seconds before it shuts itself off.

Other Thoughts: This is a video editing machine, with a Phenom II 960T all 6 cores running stable at 3800mhz. 2 sticks of G.Skill Sniper ddr3-1600 PC3-12800 4gig, GT220 video, Antech 650 watt psu. With Debian Wheezy 64bit as the os. Or at least that was the setup on the previous board. Never got to see the gui on this one.

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 or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

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

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  • Nathan J.
  • 8/16/2014 6:57:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBAD

Pros: nice looking board, big space between two video cards, easy install for all wires

Cons: random restarts and bsod with different codes until they started repeating. all the same components from the last msi board (970a-g46) worked perfectly and are back on that board again with no issues. couldnt adjust anything in the bios. i have my 8350 at 4620mhz and on this board i couldnt get it to run stable at stock speed.

Other Thoughts: dissapointed. doing a replacement for the same board but if the next one is faulty im gonna be really mad having to pay again to send it. so now the replacement board is gonna be over $200 sicne i have to pay to ship back the bad board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.


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

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  • Anthony W.
  • 8/15/2014 11:38:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPretty but flawed

Pros: Solid feel, sleek, good layout and great included extras. The USB 3.0 add-on was nice. The SATA cables were a welcome addition as well as this allowed me to have all the internal cable match.

Cons: Under documented manual and no second power plug for Crossfire GPU setup or power hungry CPUs.

Other Thoughts: This board appears to have it all. Good price, great features and components that are build to last. Sadly for my build this was not the case. Had a heck of a time getting this board to be stable. Adding voltage to the CPU was able to bring the stability up to a better level but still it wasn't usable day to day. This shouldn't be needed on a stock setup. Overclocking was never tried since at stock configurations the system was unstable. I reserved my review until I tried another board. The other board works great at stock and overclocked speeds so the issue isn't with PSU, CPU, GPU or RAM. Newegg was great to work with to RMA this item.
One thing that I did notice that could be important was this board does not have additional power plugs for the CPU or GPU. So if you have a top end AM3+ CPU, it could be a power draw issue. Having the extra 4 port power may help with this. Also, with no extra power port for the GPU setup, crossfire may also suffer.
The new board that I got has both of these additions and they call out the need to have them plugged in if you do multi-GPU or overclock setups.
My issues are related to my setup only and other hardware or builds may be ok with this board. If you build it up and it's unstable, it could be a power delivery issue like the one appeared to have.
As reference, my CPU is an FX-8350 BE, PSU is a 850watt bronze certified, DDR3 1866 RAM and 2 R9 270X graphics cards.

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, suggestions for improvement for us, 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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  • ernie m.
  • 8/4/2014 1:04:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: The included software is very handy and is totally 2014. Meaning it doesnt leave any stone left unturned regarding how the mobo runs and the analysis of your system. The Reset and Overclocking buttons are great.

Cons: Only thing I didnt like is that my cooler radiator covers one of the fan power sockets.

Other Thoughts: This is possible one of the best mobos I have purchased. MSI is always cutting edge company this is my 3rd one and every one of them each year gets better. Only drawback is MSI gets picky about what kind of memory you use.

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