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Hardware MSI 790FX-GD70

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 4 May 2009.

  1. Tim S

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  2. The boy 4rm oz

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    I must say that's a pretty nice mobo. Both visually and performance wise.
     
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    Its a bank holiday... STOP WORKING !!!!!

    Nice review :p
     
  4. tejas

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    Great mobo review Richard. Just ordered one of these boards up after reading this review by yourself. This is my first AMD board ever so I am looking forward to the new architecture over Intels old FSB! Will miss SLI but am happy to run my Nvidia cards through this board.

    Well done on working on a Bank Holiday too. I am as well so I know how you feel/ felt!
     
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    :) I still prefer Intel's tbh - feels more natural to me, but it takes time to learn the ropes of feeling of a new architecture so I encourage patience ;)

    No holiday for me right now - spent the last 2 hours doing PRs and helping organise an upcoming competition :( (Also, Tim probably spent about 3hrs reading it this morning too :p poor sod haha)
     
  6. leexgx

    leexgx CPC hang out zone (i Fix pcs i do )

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    this or the older one be very good for folding (4x video cards 9600GSO, GTX295 9800GX2), this one at last thay put the SATA ports on the side as on the older board thay the video cards whould block the SATA ports
     
  7. Ross1

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    Looks very good, its taken a while for the Am3 board reviews to surface. I bought the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P basically 3 months ago now, and I have still barely seen a review of it.

    The board layout for this board is one of the best ive ever seen. Despite the mention of the northbridge/drmos heatsink getting a bit warm, its in an ideal position, and the combo heatsink frees up more room for the expansion slot (something that seems to be an issue on the x58 boards).

    other thing was the SB750 sata ports were tested, as was the JMB362 esata port.... but not the JMB322. You seemed to suggest that the two jmicron chips are the same, or at least give the same performance. Any clarification on that?
     
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    have to say, it looks really nice, but the two PCI-e x16 / x8 electrical slots are a bummer... This could be MSI's/AMD's version of the skulltrail
     
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    I'll fish out the numbers, but I didn't put them in.

    Null - two x16 or four x8. Normal for the 790FX. The Skulltrail has an extra PCI-Express multiplier from the NF200 chipset, but x8 vs x16 doesn't make much difference at all.
     
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    ok, well it was to my understanding that you cant use a full pci-e gfx card in a pcie x16 /x8 electrical because its only half the performance...
     
  11. [USRF]Obiwan

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    Nice review and concrats to MSI for finally make a good looking motherboard. Now make a lite version without ide/floppy...
     
  12. docodine

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    I always liked MSI, their P35 boards were great IMO.

    I'm dying for AMD to release their 6-core CPUs so I can warrant an upgrade!
     
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    £140 for a top end AM3 board.... Jesus AMD really are offering a much more credit crunch-friendly platform option over Intel.
     
  14. tejas

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    lol. I agree with you Richard tho and I was only kidding about the old FSB thing! ;) 1333FSB is still plenty esp with the large L2 cache on the Intels.

    I currently run an Intel Yorkfield QX9650 and it is super with no problems. Just curious to try out AMD on my second folding/ part time gaming rig to see how it compares in day to day operation. Good luck with the PR's and competition.

    I better get back to work myself! :)
     
  15. Zurechial

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    That board is gorgeous, I wish other companies would put as much consideration into the visuals of their boards.
    Yellow/Orange/Red headers on a Black/Blue board? Fail.

    Kudos to MSI for making a board that doesn't look like it was put together from the scrapings of Foxconn's factory floor.
     
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    the nb and the pwms are very well positioned to watercool it easily :)

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    I have to admit - I haven't even taken the cheaper GD65 (790GX) out the box yet... :blush:

    Andreoid - Gorgeous mate!! Looking lovely.
     
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    x16/x8 at PCI-E 2.0 spec is ~1-0.5FPS difference. I got the slots wrong the first time because they are all the same colour and rechecked my results.

    Actually higher FSB = better memory write/copy performance so the more the merrier.
     
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    pci-e 2.0 slot in 8x mode same speed as an PCI-e 1.0 16x slot, most video cards at the time only need PCI-e 1.0 8x, even with the GTX295 as it only copys the data to one video GPU the SLI built into the GTX295 does the copy command over to the other GPU
     
  20. frontline

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    Nice review, wish i could afford an upgrade to Socket AM3 at the minute :(

    There's a nice article here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-2.0,1915-11.html which shows that fps doesn't really drop-off significantly on pcie 2.0 until you drop down to x4 speed at higher resolutions, and even then some games won't be affected.
     
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