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While AMD's new Phenom II chips can also support DDR2 and are compatible with existing AM2+ boards, their full potential is only realized when equipped with a few sticks of fast DDR3. Unfortunately, so far, the pool of available DDR3-enabled AM3 boards has been rather small with only a few choices. The majority of available DDR3 equipped AM3 boards also lack the multiple PCI-E x16 slots necessary to support CrossFireX.
Letzte Woche hatten wir mit dem ASUS M4A78T-E ein ordentlich ausgestattetes Mainboard für AMDs Sockel AM3-Prozessoren präsentiert, welches auf dem AMD 790GX Chipsatz basiert. Dieser Chipsatz verteilt 16 PCI-Express 2.0 Lanes auf maximal zwei Grafikkarten, was ambitionierte Spieler wahrscheinlich nicht zufrieden stellen wird. Für diese Zielgruppe dürfte das MSI 790FX GD70 eine vielversprechendere Grundlage sein, da es auf dem AMD 790FX Chipsatz aufbaut und bis zu vier Grafikkarten beherbergen kann.
Today we have the opportunity to look at one of the many AM3 boards that popped out on the market: the MSI 790FX-GD70. We will see if it makes a good candidate for breaking new world records. As you probably know by its name, it is based on the 790FX chipset. It sports 4 PCI-E x16 2.0 to allow quad CrossfireX.
Today we’re going to be taking a look at one of MSI’s higher-end socket AM3 motherboards; the 790FX-GD70. Unlike many of the mainstream 790GX platform offerings, the GD70 employ’s AMD’s top-end, enthusiast offering; the 790FX/SB750 chipset combo. Although the 790FX is a discrete graphics solution and doesn’t include AMD’s very capable HD 3300 integrated graphics processor, it gets quite an army of PCI-Express lanes in exchange. MSI has certainly taken advantage of these available lanes and implemented – yes you heard it right – four PCI-E slots for Quad-Crossfire-X support.
We have the opportunity to look at another AMD Socket AM3 motherboard in our review today. This one is the 790FX-GD70 from MSI and it is poised to be the flagship motherboard of the AM3 lineup for MSI. MSI has been around for quite some time, and so it is no stranger to competing in the motherboard business. This board sports the 790FX/SB750 combination of chipsets, so it is the best that you can get now in the AM3 scene.
The MSI 790FX-GD70 offers some of the same features as the GIGABYTE (GA-MA790FXT-UD5P) and ASUS (M4A79T Deluxe) boards we previously reviewed. The catch is that it offers these features at a slightly lower price than those aforementioned motherboard manufacturers. Will this provide a good value to those loyal to or looking to jump onto the AMD platform? We’ll have to find out.
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