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AMD's latest flagship chipset, the 890FX, has arrived in the form of the MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard. This socket AM3 mainboard is designed from the ground up for performance enthusiasts and promises innovations like native SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, increased PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth...
Today we're looking at MSI's foray into the USB 3.0 and SATA III market with their premium AM3 board, the 890FXA-GD70. This new board looks to build upon the success of MSI's recent product offerings, bringing some enthusiast features into the mix through the 890FX chipset to the Phenom faithful.
Although the 890GX has got an IGP upgrade, the 890FX has much less new. The only new part in there is the Input/Output Memory Management Unit (IOMMU). Its purpose is to allow system devices to access virtual memory adressing. Virtual memory adresses are those which processes work with; they are not the real memory adresses. It is the memory controller's duty to convert virtual adresses to physical ones.
AMD 890FX is the new high-end chipset for AMD processors and MSI 890FXA-GD70 (a.k.a. MS-7640) is a high-end motherboard based on this new chipset, bringing features like five PCI Express x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, SMD (a.k.a. Hi-c) capacitors, lots of unlocking features and more. Check it out.
With plenty of AMD 890FX based boards to chose from, it’s becoming quite the task to pick the right premium 890FX board from the plethora of vendors. ASRock, ASUS, Biostar and Gigabyte all have their own variants of AMD’s latest enthusiast chipset, so making a choice is a bit difficult. In addition to those choices, MSI also has their own option with the 890FXA-GD70.
This is the basis and infrastructure of your PC, the 890 FX chipset. It's that kind of flexibility that allows ODMs like MSI to make little gems motherboards out of that chipset. MSI's 890FXA-GD70 is loaded with features like the aforementioned, but also USB 3.0, automated overclock options and even five (physical) PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality from within the BIOS.
"Like all motherboards all such class, MSI 890FXA-GD70 offers a few nice extras like a POST indicator and onboard controls. Controls, by the way, are touch-activated. Aside from the Power and Reset buttons, there's one that enables dynamic CPU VRM phase management, and a dial for fine-tuning clock rates."
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