MSI 990FXA-GD65 Socket AM3+ Motherboard

Recently we raved about the value for money that the Socket AM3+ AMD FX-8350 provides: Octo Core CPU, each core running at 4GHz, delivering fantastic multi-tasking and video editing capabilities. So, you might have wondered how much a Socket AM3+ motherboard will cost.

Only R1 124 for the Asus M5A78L-M LX or R1 279 for the MSI 970A-G46 we reviewed. Yes, that’s the thing about AM3+ technology; the motherboards and the CPUs are made for return on investment.

In the case of the MSI 990FXA-GD65, which runs on runs on the AMD 990FX and SB950 chipset, the price is a very manageable R1 720

MSI 990FXA-GD65 motherboard

What do you get for your money when you buy the MSI 990FXA-GD65?

A motherboard with AMD CrossFire for multi-GPU gaming or, if you prefer, with SLI technology so that you can run multiple nVidia cards. There’s Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio and a bunch of other features but we’ll guess many will be most interested in OC Genie II to unlock and overclock an AMD FX Series CPU in only 1 second!

MSI’s OC Genie II completely automates advanced overclocking functions and offers up to 248% higher performance with the simple click of a button. It does not matter if you’re a first time hardware owner, or a veteran overclocker, activating MSI OC Genie II will unlock your hidden CPU cores, overclock your CPU and your memory to simply give you the best and stable performance for free on MSI AMD 9-Series motherboard available.

A hard-working motherboard

The MSI 990FXA-GD65 is, as mentioned, built around the AMD 990FX Northbridge and SB950 Southbridge chipset. Plug in a FX-Series CPU and graphics card/s of your choice and you will find that your computer will run smoothly with multiple programmes open at the same time – including your YouTube playbacks, Facebook wall feeds, printers and whatever else you have plugged into the 10 USB ports (2 USB ports are internal). This motherboard is built to work hard.

MSI 990FXA-GD65 ports

MSI 990FXA-GD65 specifications

Chipset
• AMD® 990FX and SB950 Chipset

CPU
• 64bit AMD® FX, Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 and Sempron CPU in AM3 / AM3+ package.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.

Hyper Transport Bus
• HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 5200MT/s

Main Memory
• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866*/2133* (OC) DRAM, 32GB Max

Slots
• 2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
• 4 PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
• 1 PCI slot, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface.

On-Board SATA
• 6 SATA III (1~6) ports by AMD® SB950
– Supports storage and data transfers at up to 6Gb/s

RAID Function
– SATA III 1~6 support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 mode by AMD® SB950

USB 3.0
• 2 USB 3.0 ports by NEC® D720200

Audio
• Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC892
– True Blu-ray Audio Support
– Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
– Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec

LAN
• Realtek PCI-E GbLAN controller 8111E
– Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in single chip
– Supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s and 1000Mb/s
– Compliance with PCI-Express Bus specification v1.0a

Internal I/O Connectors
– 1 x ATX 24-pin power connector
– 1 x ATX 8-pin 12V CPU power connector
– CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
– 1 x Front panel audio connector
– 1 x Front panel connector
– 1 x Chassis intrusion switch connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
– 6 x Serial ATA III connectors
– 1 x Serial port connector
– 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
– 1 x SPDIF-out connector
– 1 x TPM module connector

Back Panel I/O Ports
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
– 1 x Claer CMOS button
– 1 x Coaxial SPDIF-out
– 1 x Optical SPDIF-out
– 8 x USB 2.0 ports
– 2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue)
– 1 x RJ45 LAN Jacks
– 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack

Dimensions
• 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) ATX Form Factor

Mounting
• 9 mounting holes.

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Date: 26 Mar 2014