MSI 990FXA-GD80 is currently the highest-end solution in company's Socket AM3+ series. As such it has and supports everything MSI can offer today. Nonetheless, this motherboard is practical and reasonable enough, without features you could classify as marketing padding. It will attract those users who need the best in technology.
MSI 990FXA-GD80 has 4 PCI Express x16 slots and supports both CrossFire and SLI to the max, as NVIDIA has allowed licensing hardware SLI support for the AMD 990FX chipset. Well, they did it earlier than that, but the capability itself has gained wide support starting with AMD's 900 chipset family. Anyway, the motherboard can provide full bandwidth to two PCIe x16 graphics slots, and if you install the third card, you'll get an x16+x8+x8 configuration. And the last slot works as x4, allowing you to install your favorite physics accelerator.
The motherboard offers an optimal layout of case fan connectors. In other aspects, there's nothing extraordinary. Power/Reset buttons and POST LEDs can now be found on much cheaper boards.
The back panel offers a complete set of interfaces you might need today as well as a CMOS Reset button. However, there are only USB 3.0 ports while many counterparts have four. Other USB 3.0 connectors include an onboard header for two more ports. There is no second Ethernet port, but there are two eSATAp ones (or eSATA/USB combo), so the total number of ports is still impressive.
- PU: Socket AM3+/ AM3
- Memory: 4x DDR3-2133(OC)/ 1800(OC)/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066/ 800 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 32GB
- Slots: 4x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots, 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots, 1x PCI Slot
- SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports
- Ports: 4x USB 3.0 Ports (2 rear, 2 via header), 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 4 via headers), 2x eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo, 1x PS/2 keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x IEEE1394 Port, 1x Coaxial SPDIF-out, 1x Optical SPDIF-out, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
- Form Factor: ATX
- CPU: Socket AM3+; Supports 64bit AMD Phenom II X8/X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 and Sempron Processors; Supports HyperTransport 3.0 speeds up to 5200 MT/s
MSI 990FXA-GD80 supports processors with TDPs up to 140W and offers a certain overclocking leeway.
The 990FXA-GD80, as its name suggests, is equipped with AMD’s latest 990FX chipset; combined with a black socket, this means that it’s compatible with AMD’s forthcoming Zambezi CPUs. The area around the CPU socket is particularly clean, and should allow even the largest of coolers to be used without any issues.
For overclocking, under Thuban the 990FXA-GD80 performed well giving respectable numbers. However while using the Bulldozer processor we were severely limited in terms of voltages and base frequency adjustments, limiting the range to which the overclocks can be performed. More on this is detailed in the Overclocking section.
The three primary 16x slots are well spaced. While the lane configuration is the standard affair: the first two slots offer 16 lanes of bandwidth, but if you use the third as well, the secondary and tertiary slots each provide eight lanes of bandwidth. The fourth slot offers only four PCI-E lanes, while there are also two 1x PCI-E slots and a PCI slot.
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