AMD Phenom II 555 X2 BE
Dynatron Genius G950
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
MSI R5670 Cyclone 1G
XFX 9600GSO 768M
500Gb Seagate 7200.10
Sony Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
Ultra X3 800W
Windows 7 64bit HP
MSI states that the biggest benefit for the 870A Fuzion is its versatility. Being able to run dual nVidia cards on an AMD system is something previously only available to those willing to accept two year old chipset technology, eg. the 750a/780a and rebranded 980a boards. However other than MSI's own NF980-G65 and NF750-G55 and a pair of ASUS offerings, the AMD share of the nVidia chipset market has pretty much dried up completely. And of course prior to the Fuzion, AMD chipsets only supported CrossFire technology. The fact that with HydraLogix you can also mix one nVidia with one ATI card only sweetens the deal.
The two CDs that come with the 870A Fuzion contain drivers and software for the system. The first contains the official motherboard drivers pertaining to the AMD chipset, the Realtek controllers and NEC USB. It also has MSI's usual collection of system utilities such as Live Update 4, Control Center, AMD OverDrive and Norton Anti-Virus. The second CD will install the HydraLogix driver version 1.5.109 however MSI recommended that I visit Lucid's website for the most up to date release.
Sure enough, there was a newer version 1.6.106 which just came out at the end of July, and had not been included on the CD that ships with the board. As with any new technology there will likely be frequent updates at first and users should always check to see if they have the most recent one. In fact, towards the end of this review I checked driver availability again and discovered a more recent 1.6.108 update.
With the OS and drivers installed, now let's have a look at some of the BIOS settings.