MSI 890FXA-GD70 Review

Introduction and Technical Specs

MSI 890GXM-GD70 Review

Introduction

Recently we took a look at an offering from MSI of a mATX motherboard that utilises all the latest technology as well as having on-board graphics. It was nearly all things to all men and we were very impressed.

Today we're looking at the top of the MSI 890 model range, the GD70. Very similar to the G65, nonetheless this is more aimed at those who want a full-sized and fully featured board.

It certainly isn't a board that wants for lastability, as with Hi-c CAP with Tantalum cores used around the CPU socket. Ferrite core "Icy" chokes and more normal Aluminium core solid CAPs there definitely shouldn't be any heat or reliability issues in long-term usage. Hopefully all this pukka power circuitry will also ensure lots of stability and better overclocking.

However I don't want to spoil the forthcoming attractions, so let's take a look at the technical specifications before we move on to the main event.

Technical Specifications

Direct from the MSI website to your eyes...

Socket AM3
CPU (Max Support) Phenom II
AM3 CPU Ready Y
FSB/Hyper Transport
up to 5200MT/s
Chipset AMD® RD890+SB850
DDR2 Memory N/A
DDR3 Memory DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2133*(OC)
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 16
PCI-Ex16 5
PCI-E Gen Gen2 (2x16, 2x8, 1x4)
PCI-Ex4 N/A
PCI-Ex1 1
PCI 1
IDE 1
SATAIII 6
SATAII 1
RAID 0/1/5/10
LAN 10/100/1000*2
TPM 1
USB 3.0 ports (Rear) 2
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 6
Audio ports (Rear) 6+Coaxial SPDIF/Optical SPDIF
Serial ports (Rear) N/A
Parallel ports (Rear) N/A
1394 ports (Rear) N/A
eSATA 1
Form Factor ATX
DrMOS Y
APS Y
CrossFire Y
Hybrid CrossFire N/A
D-LED2 N/A
Green Power Genie Y

 

So we know roughly what we're getting in terms of hardware and features. So let's actually have a look at the GD70 in the flesh.

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18-06-2010, 04:57:53

tinytomlogan
Last month we took a look at the latest mATX motherboard from MSI. Today we look at the high-end ATX version, the GD70. Is it as good?

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