Wednesday, May 6th 2015

MSI Unleashes 990FXA GAMING Socket AM3+ Motherboard

MSI, world leading in motherboard design, debuts the world's first USB 3.1 featured AMD GAMING motherboard, the 990FXA GAMING. Delivering blazing fast USB performance, up to 2 times faster than USB 3.0, the new 990FXA GAMING motherboard offers two USB 3.1 ports, which are fully backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.

Inheriting the outstanding DNA of MSI's award winning GAMING family, the new MSI AM3+ 990FXA GAMING motherboard features Killer LAN for the best online GAMING experience, Audio Boost 2 powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 for astonishing sound quality that gives you the upper hand on the battlefield, USB Audio Power and a completely new hardware and software design for enhanced gaming performance. Get ready for high-end AMD GAMING with MSI.
USB 3.1 - 2X Faster
USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gbps, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. USB 3.1 is even faster than SATA III! Transferring your favorite games, albums and movies over USB has never been faster. The new 990FXA GAMING motherboard features 2 front USB 3.1 connectors for more convenience.

Lethal competitive gaming with Killer LAN
Whether you are a casual or professional gamer, network lag kills. MSI GAMING motherboards feature Killer high-performance networking and provide the highest level of control and network speed for video streaming and gaming. A Smooth, stutterfree network is a must in today's world of online gaming, where a single packet of network data can make the difference between a win or a loss, Killer makes sure that it arrives.

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 Audio
MSI Audio Boost 2 takes on-board audio to the next level. Powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, Audio Boost 2 combines a revolutionary hardware layout for audio on the motherboard with the best customizable audio options like Multi-Channel Speaker Calibration and headphone profiles that dramatically enhance your audio experience. The Sound hardware is not only EMI shielded and separated from the motherboard, the power to the high quality amplifiers and audio components is delivered through ultra stable design. Ensuring clean power delivery for the audio components combined with the electrical shielding provides the highest level of on board audio ever experienced.

Supports AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI
The MSI 990FXA GAMING motherboard is optimized for multi-GPU use with enough space between the PCI-Express slots for optimal airflow for your graphics cards. That way, there is no need to worry about heat issues and you are ensured to enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerates jumping off your screen when running an NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.

World's first AMD motherboard with NVMe support
The new 990FXA GAMING motherboard is the world's first AMD motherboard to fully support the next generation in storage control, NVM Express. The 990FXA GAMING motherboard supports NVMe devices as primary storage under Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit and fully support NVMe booting. Enjoy lower latency, lower power consumption and increased transfer speeds with MSI and NVMe.

GAMING engineered to perfection
MSI continues to showcase its love for GAMING products by crafting each GAMING motherboard to perfection. From the inspiring new heat sink with GAMING DNA, a cleaner layout around the CPU socket, matte black PCB across the entire line-up and impressive M-Shield I/O panel cover, it's an inspiring sight for gamers. Details make all the difference.

The most stable and power efficient motherboards
MSI uses award-winning Military Class 4 components. Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. Hi-C CAPs, Solid CAPs, Dark CAPs, together with SFC and Dark Chokes, ensure your PC runs stable under extreme conditions. These key components have all passed extreme testing, ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments. The core of Military Class 4 is based on GuardPro, a set of tools which increases your stability in the most challenging conditions, featuring ECO power, circuit protection, humidity protection, high temperature protection, EMI protection and ESD protection. ECO power features MSI ECO Center which allows you to physically cut the power to unused chips to reduce power usage up to 29%.

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17 Comments on MSI Unleashes 990FXA GAMING Socket AM3+ Motherboard

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I wish it came with an M.2 slot like ASRock 990FX Fatal1ty Killer, though.
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Well, it looks very clean, i'll give 'em that. Now if it comes at a reasonable price...
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Ah fuck you MSI, now I'm I know I dont need it but I'm tempted again, even if I know it's a dead socket.
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What about PCIExpress 3.0?? Or is that not possible on a 990FX chipset?
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VulkanBrosWhat about PCIExpress 3.0?? Or is that not possible on a 990FX chipset?
That is correct. It's a chipset limitiation.
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Zen is coming in early 2016. I can't imagine anyone paying for this.
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INSTG8RThat is correct. It's a chipset limitiation.
too bad, at least they should put little bit and support pciex 3.0
so its not like old brand new
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Would love to have M.2 and please ditch the Killer NIC
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PS/2 and PCI still going strong. They really need to remove legacy hardware.
Someday I will have to test that Military Class 4 components.
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Farmer Boe
Ahh...I wish I actually needed an AMD mobo. MSI are making them look so good these days but the performance with the current gen processors just isn't there. Makes this AMD fan sad....
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New board for dead socket with USB 3.1
Now I can say this and no one will try to argue that AM3+ hasn't been a dead socket for 3 years
Cybrnook2002Would love to have M.2 and please ditch the Killer NIC
Its just an Atheros nic with shit Killer software just like the realtek codecs that did creative x-fi
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Who knows, someone might comes across a good deal.

Years ago I was given a Pentium 4 D so I bought a board so that I could use it. Would have never done it otherwise, but with a free CPU the price was right. Kind of like investing in AM3+ at this point in time. Buying completely new probably isn't a good idea, but that's not always the situation. Leftover parts in our closets, eBay, For Sale forums, etc.
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I would buy this board if it was cheap.
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Batou1986New board for dead socket with USB 3.1
Now I can say this and no one will try to argue that AM3+ hasn't been a dead socket for 3 years

Its just an Atheros nic with shit Killer software just like the realtek codecs that did creative x-fi
I know, that's why I say drop it. As soon as I was once prompted to open Internet Explorer and install plugins to get my NIC card working (Killer software shiat) I said NOPE! Intel NIC all the way...
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Somebody bought 9xx chipsets for cheap!!
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VulkanBrosWhat about PCIExpress 3.0?? Or is that not possible on a 990FX chipset?
Yes, 990FX does not natively support PCIe 3.0. The only FX based board that supported PCIe 3.0 (that I'm aware of) was the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Gen3. A board that I happen to have. Basically, it's a workaround, or hack if you will. However it was also a limited run board, no longer available.

At this point, for current GPU's, PCIe 3.0 is still not needed. If you want the support on the AMD side of the fence, then you either need to invest in a FM2+ based system (A88X) or wait for Zen.
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