MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition EXCLUSIVE Review

Testbed, BIOS & OC Genie

Testbed

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE 3.20GHz Processor
MSI 870A FUZION Power Edition Motherboard
Corsair Dominator GT 4GB 2000mhz
ATi Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
ATi Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
nVidia GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card
Corsair AX1200w PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64

BIOS

Unlike a number of manufacturers, MSI use the Phoenix BIOS style layout. Regardless, it is easy enough to navigate around its sub menu's. MSI have also used relatively generic parameter names, making it simpler to identify them.

      MSI 870A Fuzion

MSI 870A Fuzion     MSI 870A Fuzion

The 870A FUZION offers plenty of scope within BIOS to reach high frequencies, both by offering large Base HTT and Overvoltage ranges. Much like how the slowest of cars have speedometers that go all the way to 140mph, we don't as yet know if the 870A can max itself out. I suppose you can guess what we're about to do next...

Automated Overclocking - OC Genie

Let's get the boring bit out of the way - automatic overclocking. In fairness, not all of us have the time to navigate through BIOS, engage in the trial and error process of overclocking and then waste hours on end verifying stability. Instead, MSI offer an automated tool which will do all of the work for you. So we pressed the big glowing button and we found this...

 MSI 870A Fuzion

After the OC Genie had finished having its way with our system, it finally left our 1090T processor with an overall frequency of 3.62GHz; roughly a 400MHz boost over its default frequency. Obviously, the end result won't be quite as good as a manually configured overclock but for a quick and cheap performance boost it does the job very well.

Next stop, Manual overclocking.

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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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