MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition EXCLUSIVE Review

Testbed, BIOS & OC Genie


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


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, 07:28:41

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

And for how long did that OC genie work ?

great looking board....Quote

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.Quote

24-09-2010, 09:03:52

"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 really rules! ;-)Quote

24-09-2010, 09:03:56

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 Quote

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