Friday, December 11th 2009

MSI Readies First AMD 890-FX Based Motherboard

Here it is - the industry's first motherboard ready for market, based on the AMD 890FX chipset. This socket AM3 motherboard features a platform overhaul with its new chipset, support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps, and as many as six PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. The electrical configuration of these slots isn't known as yet, but seeing that there are only two apparent groups of external PCI-Express lane switching, four of these could be electrical x8. The carries the markings of "quad-CrossFireX graphics support", which leads us to believe that at least four out of six of these are wired to the new northbridge.

The CPU is powered by a 5+1 phase VRM, with a large heatsink cooling both the VRM areas and the northbridge.Besides the six PCI-Express x16 slots, there is a lone PCI slot. This is also perhaps the first motherboard with native SATA 6 Gbps support, with as many as six SATA 6 Gbps ports. An additional controller seems to be in place for a couple of extra SATA 3 Gbps ports, and an IDE controller (indicating that the chipset has given up native IDE support). An additional NEC controller provides two USB 3.0 ports color-coded blue, on the rear panel. Its neighbours include powered eSATA, 8-channel audio with optical and co-axial SPDIF, a number of other USB 2.0 ports, FireWire one Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth. There is no word on the pricing or availability, though hopefully more could be learned about 890FX-based motherboards at the upcoming CES event.
Source: Coolaler
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85 Comments on MSI Readies First AMD 890-FX Based Motherboard

#51
jessicafae
I'm really hoping that MSI releases a microATX form factor of this 890FX board with three x16 PCIe slots like this....(a photoshop mod I just made)
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#52
buggalugs
Guys those PCI-E slots are not just for graphics cards. Any 1X/4X PCI-E card works like a sound card or TV card or whatever. Theres not many add in cards that need X16 or even X8 apart from a graphics card.
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#53
PP Mguire
Read page one, weve already established this :laugh:
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#54
Zubasa
buggalugs, post: 1672908"
Guys those PCI-E slots are not just for graphics cards. Any 1X/4X PCI-E card works like a sound card or TV card or whatever. Theres not many add in cards that need X16 or even X8 apart from a graphics card.
I think everybody knows this, it is more of a question on how the board handles the lanes.
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#55
theubersmurf
buggalugs, post: 1672908"
Guys those PCI-E slots are not just for graphics cards. Any 1X/4X PCI-E card works like a sound card or TV card or whatever. Theres not many add in cards that need X16 or even X8 apart from a graphics card.
OFF TOPIC: You know, the more I've thought about it, the more I think they should do away with the x1 and x8 (not x4 and x16) physical pci-e slot types. Bandwidth can be whatever, but it would simplify board layout and functionality to have the slots be more general purpose. The x1 slot in particular is a pain, things hang out of it precariously, and the x8 seems rare except on servers...though maybe on servers it serves a more substantial purpose.
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#56
Jstn7477
It's cool to see that RD890 solutions are beginning to appear, but I am still happy with my Crosshair III Formula (especially since I bought it just about 3.5 months ago, and it is an expensive motherboard.)

Anyways, I'm wondering like everyone else about how this board spreads the PCIe lanes. Also, I hope that the 8xx series brings some much better IGPs (the HD3200 was somewhat revolutionary, but it's time for an upgrade.)
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#57
GSquadron
The price of this would be catastrophic, i think about >400$. Anyway 6 pci e slots are totally useless. I am waiting for the most powerful 890gx, so it would end up more than 400$ maybe.
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#58
TheGuruStud
It doesn't matter if they're 8x or 16x. This is pcie 2.0. Pcie 2.0 8x = pcie 1.0 16x.
That's plenty of bandwidth for any single GPU card.
Even if you're using two 5970s you only need two of the three slots. There's plenty of room for various configs. This is an excellent board.

And screw asus.
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#59
Zubasa
Aleksander Dishnica, post: 1673278"
The price of this would be catastrophic, i think about >400$. Anyway 6 pci e slots are totally useless. I am waiting for the most powerful 890gx, so it would end up more than 400$ maybe.
This is the highest end chipset for AMD.
The 790FX is a the top chipset, the 790X and 790GX comes after it.

It is very unlikely to cost any where near $400, and not even the X58 boards cost this much.
There are very few boards over $400, so far its some of the EVGA and Asus boards.
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#60
Kei
lol, I think he wasn't referring to US dollars $400 as he's in Albania. :)

I wish the other companies would take off the covers and show us what they've got hiding as well! I'm getting anxious now... :o

Kei
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#61
PP Mguire
TheGuruStud, post: 1673383"
It doesn't matter if they're 8x or 16x. This is pcie 2.0. Pcie 2.0 8x = pcie 1.0 16x.
That's plenty of bandwidth for any single GPU card.
Even if you're using two 5970s you only need two of the three slots. There's plenty of room for various configs. This is an excellent board.

And screw asus.
Exactly. Not even my P55 board runs dual 16x and my 280s ran fine.
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#62
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Nice setup n all, but with Dual Slot videocards, you still can't utilize all your slots, I say ATX standard needs to change, Unless if you want to run single slot cards throughout the motherboard. Course TBH I wouldnt recommend more than 2 videocards anyway since scaling beyond 2 is horrible.
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#63
r9
That is nice but for me every time I think of i5 750 MSI P55 and 5850 I start to daydream. :D
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#64
Zubasa
PP Mguire, post: 1673515"
Exactly. Not even my P55 board runs dual 16x and my 280s ran fine.
Yes it should.
On the other hand, the main purpose of this particular chipset is full speed graphics slot.
That is why AMD released the 790X chipset because that is all that you usually need. ;)
I would expect a 890X chipset later.
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#65
buggalugs
theubersmurf, post: 1673246"
OFF TOPIC: You know, the more I've thought about it, the more I think they should do away with the x1 and x8 (not x4 and x16) physical pci-e slot types. Bandwidth can be whatever, but it would simplify board layout and functionality to have the slots be more general purpose. .
I agree. It gives the consumer the MOST options to use various cards.
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#67
PP Mguire
Zubasa, post: 1673799"
Yes it should.
On the other hand, the main purpose of this particular chipset is full speed graphics slot.
That is why AMD released the 790X chipset because that is all that you usually need. ;)
I would expect a 890X chipset later.
What do you mean yes it should? I already said that while populating both 16x slots on my MSI GD70 and having my Xfi in another slot both 4870s ran in 16x mode. Id say it was working right and this board should be no different. As for the P55 boards, well they ARE supposed to be mainstream so running dual cards you would expect an 8x configuration. But as i said before, running 2 280s in 8x didnt bottleneck at all so it really dosent matter unless you plan on running 2 GTX380s or something. If you can afford that though, you shouldnt be buying low grade boards or mainstream chipsets.
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#68
Hayder_Master
very nice before 3 days ago i was searching about new AMD chipsets where they release cuz i sell my q6600 and think about upgrade , now they rising and i wait for asus and gigabyte too what they release
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#69
zithe
It'd be amazing if it could push both SLI and crossfire. I'd go AM3 this summer lol.
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#70
Zubasa
PP Mguire, post: 1673954"
What do you mean yes it should? I already said that while populating both 16x slots on my MSI GD70 and having my Xfi in another slot both 4870s ran in 16x mode. Id say it was working right and this board should be no different. As for the P55 boards, well they ARE supposed to be mainstream so running dual cards you would expect an 8x configuration. But as i said before, running 2 280s in 8x didnt bottleneck at all so it really dosent matter unless you plan on running 2 GTX380s or something. If you can afford that though, you shouldnt be buying low grade boards or mainstream chipsets.
Dude, you seems to over react quite often. :respect:
What I meant is the GTX 280 should work fine in a x8 slot.
You did mention that the board is working right, and its good to know.

On the other hand, this thread is about this new board for the AMD platform, I am not even discussing how the P55 works.
The major difference between the 790FX and the 790X chipset is the number of PCI-Express lane avaliable.
So AMD will most likely some something similar and release a 890X.
If you don't care about running on x8 you might as well grab something that is one step down and save some cash.
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#71
shagg
IINexusII, post: 1671918"
asus please release a crosshair 4 looking as sexy as the maximus iii :D:D
Asus seems to be concentrating on Intel these days. Gigabyte seems to be answering the call of the underdog.
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#72
MilkyWay
Never liked MSI used to years ago but not now, and Gigabyte look cheap to me!

Never thought id go ASUS because of price premium but here i am... the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO is like a value enthusiast board.

If ASUS could do something along those lines with the new chipset i would be all over it but no one really needs to go to the new chipset just yet i would leave it a while longer.
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#73
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Haven't had anything but trouble out of Asus, So I don't use them at all. It's fact of them releasing so many boards that it appears they take no time to improve on the current ones with bios code.
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#74
Semi-Lobster
Does anybody know what IGP the 800s motherboards are going to use yet?
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#75
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Semi-Lobster, post: 1674738"
Does anybody know what IGP the 800s motherboards are going to use yet?
Proably a lowend 5000 series IGP, in the 890GX
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