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MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD 790FX
  • Phenom II X4 / Phenom II X3 (Supports AMD CPU with 140W power requirement)
  • DDR3 2133 OC

5 out of 5 eggs Some tips and info for novice users 08/22/2009

This review is from: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros:

I work on computers every day for me this stuff comes natural. Most of the complaints I read are from not reading the instructions or lack of computer expertise that A+ or higher professionals like me already do all the time. The OC dial does not work until you enable it in the bios for the guy below. Clear cmos works if you hold the button in while power is on. The amd 965 works with version 1.4 bios. I am typing on it now.

Cons:

For the not tech savvy this level of features might be too much. But for the person who wants to squeeze every last ounce for OC this is a power users board period. The 790 ultra boards are the same way when not setup right. All ram must be planned in advance for the specs of ddr3 boards. If you OC on this board you need AMD approved ram such as the OCZ amd edition or Patriot AMD 790FX tested. Mushkin and Corsair also make like products.

Other Thoughts:

I will pass on that although MSI says this will run at 2000+ the bios is set at 1:4 which is 1600 mhz max. Maybe when version 1.5 comes out this will change. The crosshair 3 is the same way. 1600 down to 1066 ddr3 dual channel work best. This is a great board when setup right. Much smoother than the I7 rigs that are 2 arms and 3 legs.

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