It was a few months ago that we reviewed the MSI 890GXM-G65
micro-ATX AM3 motherboard, and while the 890GX was the first of AMD's newest chipsets to be released this year, it was far from the last. The latest to join the 800-series lineup are the 880G and 870 mainstream boards, as well as the flagship 890FX. While the 890GX and FX share the same model number, the GX has more in common with its little 880G brother than it does the FX. Both offer integrated HD42xx graphics on the 55nm RS880/D chipset, are available in micro-ATX format and have 26 PCI-e 2.0 lanes, 16 of which are dedicated for external graphics. In comparison, the 890FX is much like the previous 790FX, it has no onboard graphics, uses the 65nm RD890 chipset, is available as a full-size ATX board only and offers 42 PCI-e lanes, with 32 reserved for up to Quad-CrossFireX graphics, in a 2x16, 1x16/2x8 or 4x8 lane configuration.
MSI's implementation of the 890FX chipset offers many of the same features that the 890GXM does, such as their Heatpipe Thermal Design, Military Class Components, OC Genie Technology, 140W CPU Support and Active Phase Switching for better power efficiency. Even so, they've reserved a few special features just for their flagship model, like DrMOS for superior power handling capability, improved Military Class Components, Unlock CPU Core support, Real Time OC Dial and Winki, a Linux-based instant-on OS.
Join me as I take a closer look at the MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 motherboard.