MSI Sneak Peak

MSI Preview - 890FXA-GD70


MSI Sneak Peak 

MSI Sneak Peak

Recently OC3D were lucky enough to be invited by MSI to get a glimpse of their latest two motherboards, one for the X58 platform and one for the AM3 platform. Thanks to some careful "it's your round" we managed to grab these shots of the boards in the beta stages. If their current looks and feature set is anything to go by we can't wait for the public release.

We will start with the one that is slightly more set in its feature set, the MSI 890FXA-GD70.


The 890 chipset is the latest architecture for the AMD platform. As you can see the scheme of the board follows the lovely MSI colours we saw on the P55-GD85. They look as lovely here as they did there with nothing out of place or random colours.

Dominating the motherboard is the huge DrMOS heatsink and superpipe which is cooling a staggering 16 Phase Power which should provide a smoother delivery than Frank Sinatra dipped in honey.

MSI 890FXA     MSI GD70  

We have five PCI-E slots and we'd guess that at least three of them should be capable of some x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 goodness for your graphics card pleasure. With only one PCI-E x1 and one legacy PCI slot it's clear the direction that all motherboards are heading. It's rumoured that this has an 850 Southbridge, and if so we'd be very pleased indeed.

On the bottom right is the OC Dial which enables live overclocking. Want to go faster? Turn that dial. I wonder if it goes up to 11?

MSI OC Dial     MSI AM3  

Connectivity wise we have two blue USB3 ports run from a NEC chip alongside the standard LAN and eSATA ports.

Speaking of SATA you might believe that we have 6 SATA II and 1 6Gbps vertical SATA. Oh no siree Bob, we have 6 (SIX) SATA 6Gbps ports, and one SATA 3Gbps. Truly a great move by MSI.

MSI Sneak Peak     MSI Spy shots

The AM3 platform isn't all we grabbed a look at. Turn over for a preview of the new X58.    

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Most Recent Comments

19-03-2010, 12:01:06

I was lucky enough to meet MSI on Thursday, and while they were busy ordering coffee I got you all some shots of their up coming AM3 and 1366 motherboards.

Continue ReadingQuote

19-03-2010, 13:59:52

that GD70 is on my list for a purchase in the near future, just an absoulutly stunning motherboard!Quote

19-03-2010, 14:55:10


thanks to a combination of a some wool, a teapot, a unicycle, a pair of braces, a photograph of the Queen Mother and a stringless banjo we've obtained rumours that there will be a Lightning version of the upcoming nVidia Fermi

The mind boggles!!

Great preview Tom. Really like the new look MSI stuff. Definitely a force to be reckoned with if they all perform like the GD85 did.Quote

19-03-2010, 15:18:46

Indeed matey, they do look the nads. A rising force maybe the others should start worrying.

Fermi Lightning will be epic aswell

Did I forget to say Ive got the 5870 lightning here now !Quote

19-03-2010, 16:13:08

Thanks for the preview Tom. Glad to see you were sent away with a parting gift too, can't wait for the review.Quote

20-03-2010, 12:50:46

hmmm msi have they made a board thats screamed amazing for a long time? i honestly cant think of a msi board without thinking? about time they make an impression ?Quote

20-03-2010, 13:02:18

Looks Like The GD70 will be something to mull over vs the Asus ROG 890fx ExtremeQuote

20-03-2010, 15:33:17

Originally Posted by name='WelshD1K'
hmmm msi have they made a board thats screamed amazing for a long time? i honestly cant think of a msi board without thinking? about time they make an impression ?
May I point you to the recent P55-GD85 review?

As I said in the review, dispense your preconceptions.Quote

20-03-2010, 15:43:33

Hasn't the big bang been out for a while and doing quite well?

Saw it on offer with a so called free hawk gpu on scan the other weekQuote

20-03-2010, 19:46:10

Big Bang is just like 'Republic of Gamers' its like a sub brand within msi now, afaik its just a top of the line badge that may have extra pcie lanes thanks to an Nf200 Nvidia chip, unless its the trinergy cos thats got a Lucid chip aswell.Quote

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