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Pros: Lots of features, great overclocking potential. Nice layout, easy to install everything. Got my FX9370 @ 5.34GHz under water on this board, stable power delivery (and an FX at those speeds and required voltages uses plenty of power).
Cons: The board can be picky regarding which SATA ports to use for RAID, I found this out when I couldn't get my harddrives both recognized. The bios takes a little more getting used to than other manufacturers, but that is just my personal taste. LLC settings seem backwards, had to set them at stock clocks and write down where my voltages ended up while using them to get a better understanding of them.
Other Thoughts: Great board for the hobbyist overclocker with lots of usable features. I'd buy this one again.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Love this CPU, fun build as a hobbyist. With a custom water setup I am able to get 5.3+GHz stable in everything but P95 on eight cores. Good enough. I can drop the voltage quite a bit and keep it running at stock clocks, while using less power than an 8350 while being 400MHz faster on base and 500MHz faster on turbo. Almost get 9 points in Cinebench 11.5 at 5.3+GHz.
Cons: Uses a lot of power for what it is, but playing around I was able to keep it at the stock 4.4GHz/4.7GH turbo at under 1.25 volts with good cooling. But, as is it runs warm, but not unbearable, but good cooling is a must even without overclocking. At 5.2GHz, on Torch Light 2 I can make it drop in to the mid 30FPS range so far.... there is a lot going on, one cored pegged, the others not doing much. Obviously this isn't going to beat Intel CPU's in single threaded performance, but at 5+GHz, it isn't bad, just not as good. When I REALLY push this CPU, I can get it to almost use 400 watts by itself... but I didn't buy this to not play around with it or for good power consumption. ;)
Other Thoughts: I don't regret getting this CPU, I tend to lean towards AMD CPU's (that doesn't mean Intel isn't putting out some very fast and tempting parts). I kind of wanted to build a rig to handle this monster and even overclock it more than get the best bang for the buck I could around this price. I really enjoyed building around this CPU, now if I could just get an even better binned 9590. :) One last thing, the CPU cover was a bit concave on my 9370, I had to lap it down to the copper to get the clocks I got. Great CPU, fun build despite it's flaws.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This board does what it should, I am running an FX 9370 in it without a problem. The board looks nice when powered on and is well laid out.
Cons: For a board aimed at overclocking it is a real problem that there is no load line calibration. While overclocking my CPU voltage drop by almost a full .1 volts. Even with a smallish overclock and voltage bump, Kill-a-Watt shows only ~420 watts use during heavy stress test (and I have a decent power supply rated for well over twice that load). and I get terrible vdroop. I'm under water and will drop from 1.55 volts as set in the bios to 1.45-1.48 (it bounces around) when stress testing. This really is a big issue and kills this board as any kind of serious overclocking board.
Other Thoughts: If you're going to use factory settings or even a moderate overclock on the eight core CPU's, this board should be fine. But for the higher end overclocking crowd (which is what this board is meant to do and the market it is aimed at) I would suggest looking at a different motherboard. I would have giving this board a higher rating if I was not overclocking, but I bought this board thinking it would be a good part for pushing my FX 9370 and because I've liked my previous MSI motherboards, but I can't help but feel like this one is a big disappointment because of the vdroop that kills overclocks.READ FULL REVIEW