Thursday, January 22nd 2009

MSI Unveils New AM3 Socket 790FX and 790GX Motherboards

MSI, the world’s leading motherboard manufacturer, today unveils its AMD AM3 motherboard 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65. MSI AM3 motherboard fully supports AMD latest 45nm Phenom II processor and DDR3 memory. In addition, it comes with the AM3 processor which is optimized for the “second-generation DrMOS technology” and “APS (Active Phase Switching) technology”, both in high and low loading, MSI AM3 series motherboard offers the highest power conversion efficiency and effectively reduces the heat. Not only that, Gaming series motherboard even comes with OC Dial and MAX FSB advanced overclocking technologies, as well as M-Flash BIOS update mechanism protection. OC Dial and MAX FSB overclocking enable users to overclock easily and become an expert in a short period of time; M-Flash enables user to load the BIOS files from USB drive to boot up. In addition, the full range products feature full support for multimedia applications, Blu-ray high-definition hardware audio, eSATA/USB combo port, and complete display output interface to provide Full HD and high-performance 3D display capabilities. This motherboard is simply one of the best solutions for gamers and multimedia users.

5-phase DrMOS Power Design and APS(Active Phase Switching)

MSI DrMOS and APS technology had been proved as one of the industry’s first energy-saving technologies by Tom’s Hardware. Therefore, MSI 790GX-GD70 utilized the optimized AM3 processor with true 5-phase DrMOS Power Design. That can support the high-performance 140W quad-core processors, and will enhance the power conversion efficiency up to 93.6%. MSI’s unique power design not only improves the power quality and provides a more stable power, but also further reduces the heat.

MSI has implements the exclusive APS (Active Phase Switching) technology further in the processor, chipset and memory power design. MSI APS technology, a BIOS-level power-saving technology, is the key features to reduce the waste of the motherboard power supply. When the system is in high-load, APS technology will open the whole power phase to supply the adequate power; When the system is in low-load, the APS technology will close the redundant power supply phase to reduce the power consumption. Recently Tom’s Hardware proved that both DrMOS and APS really save a lot of power, it is best solution in the world.

OC Dial & Max FSB advanced overclocking technology. M-Flash provides the complete BIOS protection and update features.

MSI 790FX-GD70 motherboards fully support OC Dial and MAX FSB advanced overclocking technology. Simply rotate the OC Dial knob to enable user to check the FSB clock state immediately under BIOS or operation system. Both of 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65 are equipped MAX FSB overclocking technology provides entry-user the most instant overclocking way. The motherboards will according to the hardware and provide the highest FSB clock to reach the gamers overclocking target. When user needs to update the BIOS, they only need to save the updated BIOS files in the USB drive. The M-Flash feature in the BIOS can easily update the BIOS. In addition, it also offers a complete BIOS protection. When the BIOS damaged, users can simply load the BIOS file from the USB drive and boot to repair the BIOS.

Utilized the Blu-ray high-definition audio, eSATA/USB combo port

MSI 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65 motherboard provides the Blu-ray high-Definition audio; completely provide a Blu-ray audio output, supports 7.1-channel stereo surround sound. Both in game or high-definition video, it provide you the more pure sound quality. The eSATA/USB combo port is a combination of eSATA and USB hardware features. The convenience design allows users to have greater flexibility in eSATA / USB application.

Supporting ATI CrossFire and Hybrid CrossFireX

MSI 790FX-GD70 motherboard is the best choice for gamers. It also supports 4 xPCI-E 2.0 x16 cards, enabling 4 high-end graphics card to work at the same time. ATI CrossFire technology enhances 3D game performance, making the MSI 790FX-GD70 is the best choice of gaming enthusiasts.

MSI 790GX-G65 motherboard utilizes AMD 790GX integrated chipset (IGP), built-in Radeon HD3300 GPU, offers powerful 3D display computing capability that can support the DirectX 10, DVI, HDMI and D-Sub.

For better display performance, 790GX-G65 is equipped with 1Gbit DDR3 1333MHz SidePort memory. Users can buy another independent MSI R3400 series graphics card; they simply need to open the Hybrid CrossFireX synergy function to enjoy improved display performance.

MSI 790FX-GD70
  • AMD 790FX/SB750 Chipset
  • Supports AMD Socket AM3 (941-pin) Phenom II / Athlon processor
  • 4 x PCI-E x16 slots support ATI CrossFireX Technology
  • Supports four dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory slots up to 16GB
  • Utilizes DrMOS chipset
  • APS(Active Phase Switching)
  • Dual 10/100/1000 Mb/s LAN Ports
  • High-quality 7.1-channel audio
  • 8 SATAII and 1 eSATA hard disk interface, support RAID 0/1/0+1/5
  • 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI slots
  • 12 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE1394a
MSI 790GX-G65
  • AMD 790GX/SB750 Chipset
  • Supports AMD Socket AM3 (941-pin) Phenom II / Athlon processor
  • 2 x PCI-E x16 slots support ATI CrossFireX / Hybrid CrossFireX Technology
  • Supports four dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory slots up to 16GB
  • APS(Active Phase Switching)
  • 10/100/1000 Mb/s LAN Port
  • High-quality 7.1-channel audio
  • 5 SATAII and 1 eSATA hard disk interface, support RAID 0/1/0+1/5
  • 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI slots
  • 12 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE1394a (optional)
  • Built-in 1Gbit IGP display dedicated memory
Source: MSI
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42 Comments on MSI Unveils New AM3 Socket 790FX and 790GX Motherboards

#1
zithe
Engrish galore! Nowhere near as bad as some of my old motherboard manuals. XD

Thanks. I'm excited to see this come out. (The FX I'm interested in)

Is that quad crossfire with all cards at 16x? I don't think it says.

unrelated: Are MSI boards usually good overclockers?

That packaging is great.
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#2
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I like the look of the FX... nice!
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#3
ASharp
by: InnocentCriminal
I like the look of the FX... nice!
Agreed! That's a really slick board they have there.
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#4
nafets
by: zithe
Engrish galore! Nowhere near as bad as some of my old motherboard manuals. XD

Thanks. I'm excited to see this come out. (The FX I'm interested in)

Is that quad crossfire with all cards at 16x? I don't think it says.

unrelated: Are MSI boards usually good overclockers?

That packaging is great.
Quad Crossfire runs at 8x-8x-8x-8x electrical...
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#5
OnBoard
That's got to be the greatest and worst looking motherboard in the 'same' picture :cool: Black & blue sexeeh, but brown, pink and babyblue, seriously :eek:
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#6
kid41212003
by: InnocentCriminal
I like the look of the FX... nice!
It looks like an intel board :laugh:.
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#7
ShadowFold
I love the 790GX board! I hope more companies get more AM3 boards out.
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#8
$ReaPeR$
this is really great! do we know anything about their price tags?
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#9
ShadowFold
by: $ReaPeR$
this is really great! do we know anything about their price tags?
If I had to guess.. 200$ for the 790FX and 150$ for the 790GX. Maybe a little higher due to DDR3 but the controller is on the CPU so it shouldn't cost that much more.
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#10
Urbklr
I'm so getting that 790FX board, that is mighty fine and will look beautiful with the blue tracers I will be getting:)
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#11
johnnyfiive
Nice! Bout time MSI made some GOOD LOOKING motherboards! I may have to hold out for a AM3 Deneb now. I might as well just keep waiting.
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#12
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
OOOooooooo!

i think i might do an Amd rig soon :cool:
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#13
Silverel
by: Fitseries3
OOOooooooo!

i think i might do an Amd rig soon :cool:
Lol, you so crazy.

One of the few people out there that would go from an i7 to a PII for novelty sake. :toast:

Rock on sir. :rockout:
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#14
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
i just wish i could run SLI on this board :(
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#15
jbunch07
Damn that is one sexy FX board...I should have waited to buy a new board!
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#16
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I hate how AMD did not make this able to take AM2+ cpus. Just adding in that one more pen and adding DDR3 killed it. I guess an AM2+ chip could never have run DDR3 anyway.
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#17
HolyCow02
Sweeet! I like my MSI board now... so it looks like im getting one for my AM3 setup!!! That FX looks niiiiiiiiice. Definitely a front runner. Now to see what DFI dishes out...
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#18
Gam'ster
by: InnocentCriminal
I like the look of the FX... nice!
+1, Thats one nice mobo bout time too.
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#19
Super XP
Wow nice motherboards by MSI. Not bad at all, I like the fact they have 7 pci slots (5 PCIe and 2 PCI v2.2). I really like this motherboards layout. It looks like you will be able to fit a nice big Heatsink and Fan without having the DDR memory in the way.

Just wondering though, it says its compatable with current AM2+ with DDR2. Is this so? Does this take DDR2 when AM2+ is installed and DDR3 when AM3 is installed?

If so I may pick one up :D
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#20
Polarman
They do look great but...

Again, they should put that small 1X Pcie thingy in the first place. Putting a big GFX card can leave that slot pretty much useless.
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#21
roofsniper
has anyone noticed that a lot if not all am3 motherboards have the northbridge next to the mosfets instead of its normal location below the cpu socket? i have seen that on multiple am3 motherboards so far and im wondering what the advantage of that is. i love the looks tho it would look perfect in my system.
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#22
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
hopefully this time unlike on the K9A2 platinum they have covered all of the mosfets with the big old HS and some way to easily actively cool it would be nice like asus does with there stuff



but congrats MSI for a very very nice looking mobo hopefully it is as popular as the K9A2 platinum and clocks even better
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#24
Marineborn
RELEASE DATE!!!! *throws keyboard threw monitor*
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#25
zithe
by: Polarman
They do look great but...

Again, they should put that small 1X Pcie thingy in the first place. Putting a big GFX card can leave that slot pretty much useless.
You do know you can put PCI-e x1 cards in x16 slots, right? You can just use one of those if you're only running 1, 2, or 3 cards.
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