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MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Freezing Issues 12/01/2009

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

Pros: Looks good on paper

Cons: Freezes in Windows 7
OS would freeze constantly when using NVidia 7800 or 7900 GPUs. Replacing with an ATI card keeps system freezes to weekly.

Other Thoughts: Phenom II 955 3.2
G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
ASUS Radeon HD 8550
Corsair 750W PSU

A number of forums support that this issue has been identified by other users. The Mother board can also freeze if you allow it to use auto memory timing with certain types of memory.

Issues like this are hard to troubleshoot because no error messages are available with a system freeze and all memory and cpu tests check out.

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MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works 10/07/2009

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

Pros: Tons of features and slots

Cons: Not sure.

Other Thoughts: I've only had one issue with this board and it came with trying to use an nvidia video card. Windows 7 would freeze without report on both a 7800 and 7900 I had lying around. It would run fine in safe mode. However, when I used an ATI card (4870 and 3???) it would run just fine. I am assuming this was a compatibility problem due to some forums I read about the same issue where someone replaced their 9000 series nvidia with an ATI on the same MB to fix this same issue.

I did not try a different OS. The issue could have been between those nvideo directx9 cards and windows 7, but I couldn't find any chatter about that. I kept the board because I have the intention of installing an ATI 5850.

Other than that one odd issue, the board runs perfect and has tons of options with a nice layout.

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HIS H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support IceQ 4+ Turbo Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast and Nice Looking

Cons: Runs hot, may have been defective.

Other Thoughts: This card was intended to run two 1080p monitors cloned. However, the bottom port was incapable of producing 1920x1080 resolution @60hz without image corruption. One TV would display the signal with artifacts, while the other would refuse to recognize it. The bottom port would only display clean image at a lower refresh rate or a lower resolution. The top port of the card worked perfectly fine at all the same settings.

The card was quiet, but ran incredibly hot even at idle. Holding you finger on the heat pipe for more than 4 seconds may well have caused a first degree burn. My cpu sink could have been a fridge in comparison. The heat coming out the back of it was very obvious.

HIS support was unresponsive for days and thus prompted me to return after no response was given. I still do not know if I simply had a defective card or if these were inherent issues.

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William Z.'s Profile

Display Name: William Z.

Date Joined: 06/01/04

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 09/14/08
  • Last Review: 12/01/09
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