MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition EXCLUSIVE Review

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Packaging & Initial Impressions

The MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition arrives in a rather enthusiastic designed box. The front of the box is left fairly plain in terms of text, aside its product name and its status as a "Military Class Mainboard"...whatever that means.

MSI 870A Fuzion     MSI 870A Fuzion

 The back of the box is a little more busy, detailing all the key features of the board.

In terms of accessories, MSI are pretty generous. Aside an I/O shield and a number of comprehensive manuals pertaining its features, you also receive four SATA cables, two molex to SATA adapters, a rear USB bracket and a front 3.25" USB 3.0 bracket. Annoyingly the MSI bracket is coloured in deep blue; this is likely to be an eye sore on many cases.

MSI 870A Fuzion     MSI 870A Fuzion

MSI 870A Fuzion

Then we get to the motherboard itself. The Power Edition version of the 870A Fuzion greatly resembles its inferior brother with the exception of its heatsinks. Now obviously the key difference between the two is the implementation of a 10 + 1 phase VRM power design but of course, chunkier heatsinks are required as well. Also note that the Lucid Hydra has been moved away from the Northbridge and closer to the Southbridge.

MSI 870A Fuzion      MSI 870A Fuzion

At the rear you will find a reasonably comprehensive I/O configuration, including six USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, SPDIF + 7.1 Audio, PS/2, Firewire and a CMOS clear button

MSI 870A Fuzion     MSI 870A Fuzion

We're a little unsure of the internally mounted "external" USB 3.0 port. You may either use an extender to mount the port at the rear with a PCI backplate or at the front with the blue 3.25" adapter. While it is great to have been offered the option to place a high speed USB port at the front of a computer, it just seems a little bit inconvenient (and a waste of a PCI position) should you wish to have a second USB 3.0 at the rear.

MSI 870A Fuzion

The motherboard layout itself seems to have been well thought out, particularly in terms of the PCI-Express spacings. Thus far we remain impressed by the 870A Fuzion Power Edition.

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Most Recent Comments

24-09-2010, 06:12:43

tinytomlogan
Any ideas what makes it so special? Read on...

Continue Reading

24-09-2010, 07:28:41

silenthill
MSI have really got a winner with this M/B, for that price I'm thinking of buying one and building a AMD system to play around with.

24-09-2010, 08:50:09

SnW
And for how long did that OC genie work ?

great looking board....

24-09-2010, 08:57:06

El Gappo
When he pressed the OC genie button it automatically opened up an msn chat with me

Cheers for the heads up tom, board looks mental.

24-09-2010, 09:03:52

lemel
"The 870A Fuzion is akin to engines such as VW Group's 1.4TSI Petrol. Upon face value, it is a bog standard 4 cylinder engine with not a lot going for it. However, with its Turbo Charger + Super Charger combo setup, it pushes out peak performance (~175bhp) similar to many 2.0 engines." -That is the engine i have in my Seat Leon!! Love it! If this board is the same...it really rules! ;-)

24-09-2010, 09:03:56

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by El Gappo View Post

When he pressed the OC genie button it automatically opened up an msn chat with me
Aaaa it opened up the fridge here i was wondering when he was going to close it again

I have the MSI P55-GD65 and the OC genie button works like Poo

24-09-2010, 09:39:00

F-alienware
It's days like this that remind me what utter rip off merchants Intel are.

Fantastic as ever guys, and a special thanks to Mul for absolutely kicking the s**t out of it.

Fabulous stuff.

24-09-2010, 11:57:16

SiN
Quote:
Originally Posted by El Gappo View Post

When he pressed the OC genie button it automatically opened up an msn chat with me

Cheers for the heads up tom, board looks mental.
Dude, I didn't know you were on here! It's D3FiN3 SiN/firestormcomputers from OCN .

24-09-2010, 12:18:54

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SiN View Post

Dude, I didn't know you were on here! It's D3FiN3 SiN/firestormcomputers from OCN .
All the cool kids are here

24-09-2010, 12:21:43

nepas
Quote:
Originally Posted by SiN View Post

Dude, I didn't know you were on here! It's D3FiN3 SiN/firestormcomputers from OCN .
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

All the cool kids are here
Annnnnd another one comes over

24-09-2010, 13:04:45

AMDFTW
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

All the cool kids are here
they are cool now they are hear

24-09-2010, 14:29:47

Todd
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

All the cool kids are here
Lovable beast!

24-09-2010, 14:35:58

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

All the cool kids are here
Aaaa i love you , you just called me a "kid" i feel 10years younger now

24-09-2010, 14:59:13

Delusion77
I guess this board really surprised you guys

25-09-2010, 00:01:57

SiN
Mr. El Gappo is an AMD legend.

And yes, I am now a cool kid .

25-09-2010, 08:31:53

murphy7801
This going to be great for cheap builds

25-09-2010, 08:42:18

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delusion77 View Post

I guess this board really surprised you guys
Well not really.. its nice you can use NvidiA/Ati in it

25-09-2010, 10:53:58

sunjoo
for a board that has the lucid hydra chip its cheap

28-09-2010, 17:44:19

El Gappo
LOL Hey Sin!

TTl your cpu-z sig is looking much healthier now

29-09-2010, 11:53:30

Zeals
What's the best heat sink for this if i want to fill all memory slots, the RAM is 35mm tall.

Also can I run 2x460 SLI on this motherboard?

29-09-2010, 11:59:32

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeals View Post

What's the best heat sink for this if i want to fill all memory slots, the RAM is 35mm tall.

Also can I run 2x460 SLI on this motherboard?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mul View Post
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (16x/16x Dual CrossfireX, SLI, ATi + nVidia)

2 x PCIe 1x

1 x PCI
The Noctua NH14 will clear regular ram. It only has issues with Dominator ram.

29-09-2010, 12:07:54

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

The Noctua NH14 will clear regular ram. It only has issues with Dominator ram.
Incorrect it only has issues with oversized ram. If the taller heatsink like on the domGT's can be removed your fine.

29-09-2010, 12:11:19

F-alienware
Ah OK. Well I was right about the 'regular' ram bit.

I wasn't aware that loads of companies made oversized tbh. I know Gskill do that Ripjaw stuff.

30-09-2010, 02:35:56

Zeals
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but if i get a ATI and Nvidia graphics card, does the Lucid chip allow me to use Phyx?

30-09-2010, 03:48:31

F-alienware
Yes. Infact, you can use an Nvidia card for Physx with *any* motherboard and any ATI card.

You do need to run a Physx mod/hack (mod is a nicer word) but yes, you can.

You might need to run that mod for this board, I don't know. Usually Nvidia disables Physx when it sees an ATI card present. And the way it does this is the driver looks at the Device manager and then at the DEV_ID for the graphics cards. If it sees the ATI DEV number (1002 as the vendor code) then it simply disables the Physx function. However, this is easy to get around using GenL Physx Mod 1.04ff.

Google is your friend

30-09-2010, 03:57:43

tinytomlogan
With Lucid set up right then yes you will be able to go into the Nvid driver panel and set it to PhysX
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