MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition EXCLUSIVE Review
Yes, indeed the MSI 870A Power Edition is a bit of an odd ball. For a motherboard that is in essense, a tarted up AMD 870 motherboard it has offered astonishing levels of performance. Not only was our sample capable of reaching dizzy HTT frequencies in the region of 400MHz, we were able to obtain a bootable 4.50GHz out of our X6 1090T processor.
Then we have the Lucid Hydra module. Not only can the board operate dual 16x lane PCI-Express modes, we were able to successfully operate 3DMark Vantage with ATi and nVidia graphics cards functioning together, with promising gains. Also one must remember that this is new hardware and there is every possibility that we can see further performance enhancements with a driver update.
The insanity doesn't end just yet as we haven't even discussed price yet. MSI have informed us that the 870A Power Edition will be priced in the region of £120; this is just £20 more than the inferior vanilla edition. At this price point, it sits alongside the cheaper 890FX motherboards, such as the Biostar TA890FXE, ASRock 890FX Extreme and Asus M4A89TD PRO. Yet in terms of its feature set and the performance it has offered us today, we would place this board squarely as an Asus Crosshair IV series competitor, which is priced at £170 upwards.
This means two things. The MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition is able to offer class leading performance but also at a price that is more in line with midrange choices. It is rare that this tends to happen and with this in mind, we are proud to issue the board the OC3D Gold and Value for Money awards.
Well done MSI.
- Anticipated Price Tag
- Class leading overclocking ability
- Board layout
- Lucid Hydra performs very well
- Automated Overclocking Feature