Joined on 10/08/07
Pros: This is my last up-date for this board i'am now using a Phenom II 940 cpu and 4 3850 video card on this board my 3dmark-06 is now 22,137 . Some have ask how the PCIe slot work on this board . First there are only 2 PCIe x16 slots on this board (there blue) the 2 black slots are PCIe x8 slots . Now when you put a video card into the black slot it will DECLOCK the closet blue slot to x8. so put a video card in the top black slot the top blue (x16) slot will declock to x8 what you end up with is this 16x16 or16x8x8 and this is what i have with 4 video cards 8x8x8x8 hope this help . O one more thing cool & quite is call power now on this board
Overall Review: As i have said before this has been a great running board for me i have been using it for about 4 mounth now trouble free
Cons: I stand by my early reviews . The MSI 5830 video card uses a UP6206 voltage regulator. This regulator DOSE NOT support the IC2 software voltage change . You can read about this card out at techpower-up review. The MSI adds are every missleading. If you are looking for a card that changes volts THIS IS NOT IT.
Overall Review: I just want to say thank you! to newegg for taking my set of MSI 5830 back and retruning my money so i can get a set of video cards that changes volts like i was looking for in the frist place.
AfterBurner 1.5.1 DOSE NOT WORK
Pros: up-date as to what going on with MSI software Afterburner
Cons: AfterBurner 1.5.1 DOSE NOT WORK . All it will do is crash your pc when you turn it on. MIS need to to remove the selling pich that the card will overvolt . It DOSE NOT DO IT and MSI DOSE NOT CARE IF THEY GET THE SOFTWARE WRIGHT. That will overvolt using afterburner 1.5.1 is NOT TRUE. need to be taken off as a selling point.
Overall Review: MSI need to make it work or take it off as a selling point there is no if and or but about it .
Pros: This is a up-date from my early review . I install the new 10.3 driver and score P19180 and on the GPU they score 21656 in Vantage (crossfire two cards) on my all AMD rig . The cards are coming along now . If MIS can get afterburner working wright with these card will realy have something hear. The driver up-date help the card out alot over the pack in driver sets so with the new score i bump the score up to 5 egg . The cards are running cool and trouble free at the MAX CCC 875/1200 .
Cons: Just need MSI to get it together with Afterburner software .
Pros: I have 2 of these MSI cards running in crossfire with my all AMD rig. I have score 23982 in 3dmark-06 and 18511 in vantage . The cooler works great ! idle at the upper 20c to low 30c . under load upper 40c to mid 50c playing games. These temps are with the cards running at the max overclock in CCC 875/1200
Cons: The overclock cap is set way to low for these cards. Afterburner volts changer dose not work + you are stuck at the CCC cap. This softwear should override the CCC cap with out have to jump throught a bunch of hoops. With these 2 items not working and with as much money as these cards cost you mite be better off getting 5770 or step up to the 5850
Overall Review: The cards do run good and cool but the softwear is holding the cards back from being all that they can be, so much so they don't make a good buy for the 250 dollar range.
Pros: Update i had this board from when it frist when on sell at new egg to the poster that said there no bios setting for cool and quiet there is it under CPU Config. it call PowerNow=cool and quiet you disable it there .I hold the hight score for Phenom cpu and 3850 video card in 3dmark-06 at 18,168 with this board i also hold the vantage hight score for Phenom cpu and 3850 video cards at 12,659 . This board has ran great for me from day 1 .
Cons: It takes a longer than stock crossfire bridge to run 16x16 crossfire
Overall Review: some people think the wide spacing on the 16x16 PCIe slots is bad .What they miss is that you can run 2 4870x2 on this board in 16x16 PCIe and you still have a 2 slot space between the 2 video cards letting the video cards run cooler becuase of the better air flow air around the cards . All the other mother boards to run 16x16 the 2 videos cards will be back to back to each other.