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MSI MSI Gaming 990FXA-GAMING AM3+/ AM3 AMD 990FX & SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Ticks all the boxes for your gaming needs! 10/26/2016

This review is from: MSI MSI Gaming 990FXA-GAMING AM3+/ AM3 AMD 990FX & SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - support for 220W processors
- can handle BOTH AMD crossfire and Nvidia SLI multi GPU configurations
- good spacing of GPU slots for healthy air flow
- Killer NIC to maximize data flow
- easy to navigate Bios w/ overclock Genie (one button overclocking)
- Audio EMI Shielding w/ backlighting (helps keep down any potential for cross chatter or interference)
- Creative Sound Blaster, so you can hear them sneaking up from behind you!
Over all great looking board and a good price point for your return. Aggressive heat spreaders to keep things cool, especially under load. Good memory support, finally settled on corsair platinum 2133, don't forget to enable overclocking in bios!

-- I have used MSI boards and products in the past and have had very good luck with them all, both motherboards and GPUs:
7 boards in total over the last 4 years and I'm still using 4 of them, not including this one. I have retired the other 2 by way of giving them to friend that can use them. As of this typing all are working and have had no issues.

Cons: -- One really bad con that sticks out, but is not a deal breaker for me. The fact that the USB3 connection on the motherboard conflicts with the second GPU, even a short GPU would partially obstruct the USB2, and 3 headers. I have the USB3 header plugged in, but the second GPU that I have installed is putting pressure on it. I'm sure in the long term can't be good for the pins. It is bent at about a 30 degree angle, not enough to break contact, but again the stress on the pins is apparent. SUGGESTION for MSI, put the USB3 header at the front of the board, the side with the SATA connections like most other board manufactures do.
-- ANOTHER con, and again not a big deal breaker, just very disappointed. This board DOES support my FX9590 at it's rated stock clock and turbo, BUT that is it. It will not give you a stable overclock. I was able to post and run for a short time at 5.1GHZ, but the computer froze up once I started to load test for stability. My temp at the 5.1 was steady 42c, which if you know your AMD is pretty cool. For comparison I also have a 6800k, 7879k, and 7890k, that all run @ 56 to 60 and kick up to the mid to high 70's under load. I do have all water cooled, but the 9590 has a much bigger water cooler than the others. At idle right now the 9590 is running at 35c, so I have plenty of head room to push this chip further, but like others have reported the board itself still can't dissipate the heat from that added voltage well enough for this chip. It also states this in the BIOS for the 200W and above CPU. I did not know this and it wasn't stated in the spec sheet. BUT if you are running this board with a 8300 or lesser CPU you should have no problem reaching very good overclocks, water cooled that is.

Other Thoughts: I mainly use this computer build for editing, I do game on it, but thats when I'm to lazy to move to one of the others. :P There are not to many boards that can handle the demands of the 9370 or 9590. this one has done a very good job so far. I will in future do what others have suggested, which is to add a fan to the heat spreaders that are over the chokes. Almost everyone has reported good results with this technic.
OVERALL I am very pleased with this board and I had no problem upgrading the board and CPU from the previous build. If you plan to upgrade, it's NO guarantee, but try and keep the CPU family and the board manufacture the same and it should take without windows giving you a hard time about the change. You will have to install all the drivers for the new hardware.

Build with this board:

FX 9590 stock clock speed with turbo and water cooled
MSI 990FXA-Gaming
Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB kit @ 2133
Two GTX 980ti's (yes I know!! overkill....) SLI engaged
SSD Samsung 256 pro OS
2 x SSD SK Hynix 500GB one for gaming and the other for Media projects
WD black 3TB storage
RM 1000x 80 plus gold

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Soul by Ludacris SL99 In-Ear High-Def Sound Isolation Headphone
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5 out of 5 eggs Ludacris SL99 03/14/2014

This review is from: Soul by Ludacris SL99 In-Ear High-Def Sound Isolation Headphone

Pros: Great sound quality, good value for quality, anti tangle, fits well in my ear, I'm using the smaller ear buds. ,nice storage pouch, assortment of ear bud sizes. Long cord. Takes average daily punishment. Look great.

Cons: They tend to need adjustments, so as not to fall out of my ear, from time to time. No, "on ear hooks", to hold them in place if you are wearing them during heavy activities. I have tried, but they keep falling out, or need to be adjusted. They don't have the specs posted on their web site. I would like to know that the d b, impedance, and what the exact frequency response is.

Other Thoughts: These are truly a great value for the money, especially if you get them during a sale. I have had these for over two months now and have used them on a daily basis. I have used them while working, during heavy activities...e.g. working out or house and outdoor activities. I have even used them while sleeping. They have withstood my pulling on them or tugging by accident, my sweat, and rain. They are tough, or I have been really lucky, or both. =)
The sound quality is amazing for an ear bud. NOT to be confused with over ear head phones! Clean bass, clear mid and highs. Out of all the other ear buds I have used and have now, these have been one of the best. I have the high end Bose ear buds, $$299.00 TDK's ear buds, almost as expensive JVC ear buds, and the SL99's sound the best all around. Each one of the others does a great job, BUT they don't reproduce the over all sound, 20hz to 20khz, as evenly throughout. These reproduce the bass smooth and evenly, were as the Bose is heavy deep bass with very little high end reproduction, much like their home speakers, (which I also have). The TDK's sound amazing, but they lack the bass that the SL99's reproduce. The JVC sound and feel great as well but don't have that mid or bass that the SL99's do. The SL99's reproduce smooth accurate clear highs, much like the JVC's. I have spent hours listen to the difference using sound testing music which I have used to set up home theater and car audio systems,(I use to install them),to see which one sounds the best and overall the SL99's sound the best. And just a friendly warning the highs are reproduced accurately enough to damage your ears if you are listen at to high volume level.

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WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Purchased two of these for a new build. I have them set up to support one 840 pro 256 SSD which is running the OS and a few major programs.
- SATAIII, 64MB cache, 7200RPM.
- Runs cool, low noise,
- I cannot hear them above the quiet sound of my fan set up.
- Single plater.
- awesome read/ writes for a mechanical drive running at 7200 RPM
- Its a Western digital
- great price point

Cons: - would like a more than 2 year warranty

Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with the access times in raid 0 configuration.
Cystal Disk benchmark: In raid 0, 1863GB usable space after format. USING (Very important people!!) MSI motherboard that is SATAIII! SATAII and SATA1.5 will NOT get you these numbers.

Seq reads: 372.7MB/s
Seq writes: 357.1MB/s

For comparison my 840 Pro 256GB 43% full:

Seq Read: 483.4 MB/s , Seq Write: 446.6

For Comparison, two 300GB Vraptors enterprise-class 10,000RPM, SATAII 3.0Gb/s, in raid 0:

Seq Read: 208.9MB/s , Seq Write: 209.5

You do the math, I'm very impressed!
Build:
* MSI FM2 A85XA G65
* AMD A10-6800K Richland
* Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB kit
* Corsair H100i
* all of the above mentioned drives
* two MSI HD7870 GHz edition
* Corsair HX850

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Display Name: Marcos L.

Date Joined: 10/19/05

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  • Last Review: 10/26/16
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