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MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:32 am

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

MSI's 890FXA-GD70 motherboard is based on the AMD 890FX and SB850 chipsets. These are the latest and greatest chipsets from AMD, so that means this ATX board is designed to run socket AM3 Phenom II, Athlon II and Sempron 100 Series processors. With MSI’s DrMOS and OC Genie, this motherboard should be overclocking friendly and even have some power saving features!

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Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the MSI 890FXA-GD70. Why you may ask. It does exactly what it is supposed to do with out complaining. Sure the performance was slightly behind that of the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula, but it isn't the kind of performance difference you will notice on a day to day basis. What you may notice on a day to day basis, is the price difference. At the time of this writing the MSI 890FXA-GD70 is $179.99 after rebate. That puts the MSI 890FXA-GD70 thirty bucks below the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula. That's an extra thirty bucks you can invest into a better graphics card or processor.


Article Title: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review
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Pricing At Time of Print: $199.99 after rebate
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Re: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby skier » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:53 am

should get some more airflow and see how far your 1055T can really go :) what temperatures were you getting because i could run a 1024M @ 4.11GHz and a 32M @4.25GHz with my 1055with temps getting up to 56 (304MHz x14, 6T used)

and as far as not even breaking 290MHz bus: http://twitpic.com/28eaov should be able to break 300 at least as i said i ran it at 304 x14 for a wprime 6thread run and thats just with an 890GX chipset

it may seem like its the CPU itself limiting the clocks, but it's most likely temps (mine idles 3.8GHz 6threads: 25C)
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Re: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby XstollieX » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:10 pm

I was hitting 71 degrees at 4GHz. According to AMD's site 62 is the Max :shock:
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Re: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby skier » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:42 pm

XstollieX wrote:I was hitting 71 degrees at 4GHz. According to AMD's site 62 is the Max :shock:


HA yea thats is deffinitely too warm :lol: there are some great coolers out there under $50 i also use a window fan and a 120mm fan on the NB and another on the PWM (yes, loud as heck, but so is my 5770 @75% benching) i'm currently loading at 50C @4018MHz during 3DMark06, 51 in vantage

at that high im actually amazed it even runs, mine blue screens at 59C, dependably
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Re: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:49 am

XstollieX wrote:I was hitting 71 degrees at 4GHz. According to AMD's site 62 is the Max :shock:


I’m pretty sure that “max temp” means maximum ambient it can operate in… that’s not the max CPU core temp.
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Re: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby skier » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:16 pm

Apoptosis wrote:
XstollieX wrote:I was hitting 71 degrees at 4GHz. According to AMD's site 62 is the Max :shock:


I’m pretty sure that “max temp” means maximum ambient it can operate in… that’s not the max CPU core temp.


well my phenom II's always crash before 62C so it could really be either way (this one doesnt like anything above 58C and my X2 always crashed right at 62C) OR, it could be the, you know, 1.7v vcore i'm feeding it 8-[
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Re: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:18 pm

From AMD just now for a better answer:

The Power and Thermal Data sheet is here:

http://support.amd.com/us/Processor_TechDocs/43375.pdf

We don’t disclose the max die temp because it is irrelevant… it’s under our lid (certainly, it is higher than the max temp we publicly spec). That max temp we spec is the max temp that our CPU’s lid should be allowed to reach. All partners need to know when they’re designing their heatsinks and cases is that the temperature of that CPU lid for that processor should not be allowed to exceed 62 degrees celcius for that PII X6 T. The “Max Temp” we quote publicly for our lidded CPU processors is what we call internally (and on thermal data sheets) Tcase temp. Now, recommended ambient is different… that’s the ambient temperature that we recommend not exceeding inside a chassis. That is lower than an undisclosed max die temp or our “max temp” (Tcase) that we publicly disclose. And we disclose that in our power and thermal data sheets, somewhere, too (Document number 43375, table 7, page 21).
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