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MSI 990FXA-GD80 Socket AM3+ Motherboard Detailed

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Earlier referred to as "Big Bang Conqueror", MSI's next top-end AMD platform motherboard has emerged under its final name, 990FXA-GD80. The socket AM3+ motherboard that supports AMD's upcoming FX series processors, is based on the AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset. The CPU is powered by a 10-phase VRM that makes use of tantalum-core capacitors, and SFC chokes (that don't whine), driver-MOSFETs (DrMOS). Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 2.0 x16, supporting NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX; two PCI-E x1, and a PCI.

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I had no doubts in my mind that MSI would be the next to respond to ASUS' "leak".

Anyway, this being the successor to my mobo, so I must ask if it also has the blue phase indicator LEDs on it?

What would you guys say about how this stacks up against the Crosshair V, spec + price wise?
I'm trying to decide between the 2...:)
 
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What's wrong with eSATA?
whats the use ?
I hardly see devices that use it, and when they do they support usb too, which is just easier, and plug n play, esata got much hassle alot of the time, just add a IO bracket like gigabyte did back in the day and you got esata then its your choice!

6 internal sata..
High end boards need 8, my DFI mobo from 2006 had 8 FFS! dfi lanparty UT NF4-Expert and Venus.
 
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Looks like im going Asus this time, either Sabertooth/Crosshair:

Native support for 1866 mhz ram vs having to oc to get that speed
Ide/floppy connector, anyone using that anymore? come'on its 2011.
More sata connectors
A dedicated x4 pci-e for ssds

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whats the use ?
I hardly see devices that use it, and when they do they support usb too, which is just easier, and plug n play, esata got much hassle alot of the time, just add a IO bracket like gigabyte did back in the day and you got esata then its your choice!

6 internal sata..
High end boards need 8, my DFI mobo from 2006 had 8 FFS! dfi lanparty UT NF4-Expert and Venus.
Pretty sure if a system runs on AHCI mode it can hot swap a hard drive so you could just plug in a sata drive into a esata port and get going.
 
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Looks like im going Asus this time, either Sabertooth/Crosshair:

Native support for 1866 mhz ram vs having to oc to get that speed
Ide/floppy connector, anyone using that anymore? come'on its 2011.
More sata connectors
A dedicated x4 pci-e for ssds

Just my 2 cents
msi and Asus is what I go for nowadays.

this board got 1866 mhz too, its based on CPU and not on motherboard FYI.

Mobo just need a bios option to support it, with the correct cpu.
 
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Pretty sure if a system runs on AHCI mode it can hot swap a hard drive so you could just plug in a sata drive into a esata port and get going.
from outside to inside, and it's just a big mess, other way around to a IO bracked is muuuch better :D
 
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You did notice that this board has eSATAp ports though, right? As in powered eSATA ports that are also USB combo ports.
 
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This time around, I preffer this board to Asus
 
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Ill stick with Asus. I had some big problems with my last MSI mobo.
 

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yea same ill stick to Gigabyte for any boards ill buy, to many issues with the 790fx and 890fx boards from MSI catching fire when systems were overclocked, since i run my rig 24.7 all the assurances in the world of how good MSI is wont make me forget the numbers of boards that burst into flames.
 

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That NB heatsink looks inadequate.
 
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That NB heatsink looks inadequate.
yep its kinda pretty plain or MSI has secret recipe to make the NB cooler than before :rolleyes:
 
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yep its kinda pretty plain or MSI has secret recipe to make the NB cooler than before :rolleyes:
The secret is that heat pipe coming out of the side into the larger heatsink.

I thought the sides of the CPU cooler attachment brackets are suppose to be gone now. Did MSI not get the memo?
 
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The secret is that hea pipe coming out of the side into the larger heatsink.

I thought the sides of the CPU cooler attachment brackets are suppose to be gone now. Did MSI not get the memo?
the office dog ate it, I think :laugh:
also, they are too lazy to cut the cpu bracket, or make a new one, and they got a huge stack of these cpu bracket leftover

these boards can run bulldozer correct?

990 chipset=bulldozer?
indeed it is, and if it's not support bulldozer, no one would buy it.

Finally, AMD realizes that it is stupid to keep the old RAM-socket configuration and went Intel-like.
 
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Finally, AMD realizes that it is stupid to keep the old RAM-socket configuration and went Intel-like.
Good luck fitting tall ram under a decent air cooler.
You will just end up with single channel memory.
Guess which way is stupid now? :laugh:
 
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Getting close. Looks good
 

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Like the look. The HS are a little small though. Dont see the memory sockets either to know how they are laid out.
 
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so msi's using some surplus socket plastic :D

anyway, gotta love the angled usb 3.0 header..
This! ....omfg I hate the standard USB 3.0 header location on the P67 boards...sucks rocks.