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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 11/23/2014 5:01:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat for the price

Pros: had right at a year and a half. so far no major issues yet.

Cons: bios and driver issues from time to time.

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  • darryl l.
  • 11/16/2014 8:27:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Installed easily.

Came with a DVI/VGA adapter, lots of Sata cables, lots of spare hardware, and a USB 2.0 back-panel card for users who don't have 2.0 ports on their case. Nothing was lacking as far as included parts/materials.

I can't say enough how happy I am with the bios. Winki is basically a mobo-based OS, where you can even go online and update drivers/firmware if needed. Click-bios is a windows-based version of the Bios, and the regular UEFI bios is easy to work with. I activated the O.C. Genie, but haven't delved into manually overclocking yet.

The disc has a lot of useful software and very little (if any) bloatware. Supercharger is for quick charging USB devices, and Fast-boot is a toggle-able boot-speed increasing feature.

Every PCI, PCI-e, and RAM slot has been tested and works.

My Cooler-Master oversized PC heatsink bolted on just fine.

The best two features are probably the manual flash button and the error-code LEDs. I bought an Nvidia GTX 660 with this and I had no display. After trying my old 9800 gtx+ again and it working fine, and looked at the error-code LED with the 660 and saw it was giving the code for 'no display device detected', which was 6b or 6d (can't recall which). This helped me confirm my GPU was DOA, and quickly get it in for RMA, rather than put it through additional testing. VERY helpful.

Cons: There can never be too many internal USB 3.0, 1394, or Sata headers, but I knew how many it had before I bought it.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board to replace a damaged Gigabyte for a Phenom II x4 processor. Finding quality AM3 boards with modern internal headers these days is increasingly difficult.

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  • Brad W.
  • 11/13/2014 9:16:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: I've had a great experience with this board & pairing it with an FX 8350 CPU. Very high end capacitors & should last a long time

Cons: From personal experience I've needed to set the voltage manually on my CPU & RAM. I think a lot of the negative overall ratings here are based on leavnig all these values to auto & getting BSoDs. I found after setting everything to manual settings everything went fine.

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  • Michael S.
  • 11/12/2014 5:08:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUsed to be a Great Board

Pros: Great board for over two years. No complaints in all that time.

Cons: About two and a half years after building a brand new computer using this board, the SATA controller failed. Thankfully, it was still under warranty, so I was able to RMA the board to MSI at the cost of $13.xx in shipping, and they shipped me a refurbished board for a replacement.

The refurbished board they replaced it with failed within 24 hours of installation.

Other Thoughts: After failure of the refurbished board MSI sent to replace the original, I gave up and ordered a new board from a different manufacturer. Historically, I have owned two other boards from this other manufacturer, and poor experiences with both boards are the reason I gave MSI a try in the first place, and had been a fan ever since, but now that MSI has failed me, maybe it's time to give this other big-name brand another try.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/11/2014 1:32:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!

Pros: Great aesthetics, easy to use, no hardware compatibility issues, and has a long upgrade lifetime. As a first time builder the LED debug monitor was very helpful for diagnosing a couple issues once assembly was complete. I use this in my hardcore gaming/streaming PC and I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase.

Cons: The ONLY bad thing I can say about this is it does not come with documentation for the LED debug codes, and they are not on MSI's website either. I ended up having to call tech support to find out what the codes were for, which although it was a slight inconvenience, their customer service was excellent.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/1/2014 11:07:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsrma

Pros: great board at first. the board ran at stock right out of the box the one touch over clock worked fine.. great led lights on mbo.

Cons: when installing a better ram rg2133 the board would do physical dump. so tried to roll back bios but computer froze on setup. then tried to reset CMOS on board and back of board. still no response.. so RMA

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  • Jonathan L.
  • 10/29/2014 7:02:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFairly good.

Pros: Great motherboard, no issues what so ever with compatibility in hardware I purchased for it (granted I shopped for the entire build together).

It has a very nice bios panel which allows you to overclock etc with ease.

Cons: After a year of use, the built in network card has failed. Plan on contacting for a warranty replacement.

Other Thoughts: Overall recommend for the price and the ability it gives you to continue upgrading as the technology advances.

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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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