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William M.

William M.

Joined on 12/05/08

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Great board/easy build

MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 990FX Chipset - Socket AM3+
MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 990FX Chipset - Socket AM3+

Pros: Fast, easy build. Booted first attempt. Plenty of room between the two 16-lane PCI-E slots. Good build quality, moderate overclocking is simple with Genie. My FX-8350 is running a cool, stable 4.3 GHz on full auto. I haven't bothered to go the manual route yet. I needed a replacement board for my old one (ASUS) since it no longer held it's BIOS. This one fit the bill completely.

Cons: Still can't run 2 X Gigabyte R9-280x cards in crossfire. Just too much heat--even in my NZXT Phantom PHAN001BLK case with all optional fans possible. Only 6 SATA ports total.

Overall Review: For those who want the latest bios, don't go to the regular MSI website for the board, it doesn't have the latest (that I could find). Here is the latest--http://www.msi.com/product/mb/990FXA-GD65.html#/?div=BIOS

It works even when not on approved list

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

Pros: Bought this on recommendation of Newegg buy page for my motherboard, then two days later decided to buy second pair for 16 gig--didn't realize that ASUS did not recommend this for 16 G, only for 8G. Windows (and the UEFI) didn't recognize the 16 (although it was listed in the BIOS, it didn't provide access). Had to clear my UEFI back to default then restart . . . suddenly 16 Gigs of memory available and working great. Price is killer, speed is excellent, stability good.

Cons: None so far, but it would be nice if Newegg made it clear when memory was on the approved list and at what usage.

Overall Review: ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ UEFI MB AMD Phenom II 955 BE AM3--moderate OC at 3.7GHz 4 X 4 GB Gskill Ripjaws PC3-10666) F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 2 X EVGA GTX 460/768MB in SLI Samsung SMS27A350H 27", LG L227W 22" 2 X 1 TB WD green in RAID1 2 X 2 TB WD green in RAID1 2 X 3 TB WD green in RAID1 Xigmatek S-1283 cooler Corsair CMPSU 750TX Coolmaster Storm Scout

A very good upper mid-range graphics card

EVGA FPB (Free Performance Boost) GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 768-P3-1360-TR
EVGA FPB (Free Performance Boost) GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 768-P3-1360-TR

Pros: I am impressed. This card is capable of turning in some really good numbers. It is thermally stable and overclocking it is a breeze using the EVGA Advanced Graphics Tuning software. The original spec for the GTX 460 is for a core clock running at 675MHz and the memory clock at 1800. EVGA provided the card with a mild boost shortly after it was introduced which is either already done on the card when you purchase it (as was mine) or available as a download. This boosts the core to 720MHz (the shader clock is locked at 2 X the core frequency). EVGA also sells a "superclocked" version which boosts the core to 763MHz (1526 MHz shader) and 1900 MHz memory. Of course my first move was to OC to "superclock" levels. Using the software, it was a snap and very stable under all loads. I then proceeded to "push the envelope" and finally achieved a very stable, under various loads, 850 MHz core frequency (1700 MHz shader) and 2000 MHz memory. performance was impressive stable.

Cons: I should have gotten the 1MB card, mainly because of the 256 bit architecture, but truthfully, the difference in performance between the two versions is not all that great, especially with the overclocking possible. The only real negative I have seen is cosmetic. The side panel label on my card was glued on crookedly. True it is a minor disappointment, but I expect the best from EVGA.

Overall Review: Because I am a coward at heart, I keep my card at the more moderate "superclocked" settings unless I am going to use a really demanding program. Having the EVGA Precision software makes that easy. I usually just bring it up and leave it running so that I can monitor temps and performance. System specs: MSI Fuzion 870A MB; AMD 955 BE 3.2 GHz, OC'd to 3.69 GHz; 8 GB OCZ Gold DDR3 1333; EVGA GTX 460/768, PNY 9800 GTX+ (for Fuzion testing); 2 X 1 TB WD Green HD, 2 X 2 TB WD Black HD, 1 X Seagate 500 GB HD; CM Storm Scout; Xigmatek S1283 cooler, Antec Earthwatts 650 PSU

Fuzion still not quite ready for prime time.

MSI 870A FUZION AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 870A FUZION AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The OC Genie is wonderful. I bought this to replace a Jetway HA-08. With that board, my 955 BE would only clock to 3.39 GHz. I thought I would try the Genie, so I just slapped the system together, punched the button then started the computer. BAM! 3.69 GHz right off the bat. Very stable and consistent. On the other hand, I bought this board because I have an EVGA GTX 460 768Mb and an older PNY 9800 GTX+. I thought "What the heck, I've got this older board lying around, it's pretty powerful so it ought to bump the 460 a fair amount. No go. The machine sees the board, but it remains inactive in all the benchmarks on the Hydra control panel list. The only benchmark I have seen any activity from has been the Physx FluidMark. With that I do see a fair amount of activity from both boards. Conclusion, HydraLogix has a ways to go yet. Lucid has a lot of work to do to bring this technology up to its potential.

Cons: Doesn't work with all combinations of cards, even those of relatively comparable power. I probably wouldn't have bought this card knowing what I know now, but I will keep it because of the good overclocking.

Overall Review: AMD 955 BE OC'd 3.69 GHz, MSI Fuzion 870A, 4 X 2 Gb OCZ Gold, 2 X 1 Tb WD green, 2 X 2 Tb WD black, Xigmatek S-1283 cooler, Antec Earthwatts 650 PSU, Coolmaster Storm Scout. 2 X LG Flatron L227WTG