While the APU such as the Kaveri is the talk of the town, the range of CPU from AMD shouldn’t be ignored as they’re still the main core of AMD’s processing powerhouse.
With 6-core / 8-core high powered CPU like the FX 6 and 8 series, and even the 9 series, one shouldn’t skimp on the choice of board to get the best of power delivery and the MSI 990FXA-GD80 is one such board.
Even from the photo above, you’ll see how the board is fitted with rather huge heatsinks around the socket area, of which fortunately it is of a good size that does not obstruct other installation. What I didn’t like about it was that the CPU12V socket is placed in very close proximity to the heatsink, and furthermore it’s blocking the chassis fan connector.
Nothing unusual here.
Forward facing SATA slots are great as they don’t obstruct GPU installation, I like the forward facing USB 3.0 connector too but it’s on the lower side of the board of which I think it’s not as optimal if it was placed say somewhere towards the middle point between one end to the other.
The southbridge cooler looks nice but the blue piece that holds the brand MSI tends to peel.
What’s neat about this board is that it comes with LED indicator.
There’s also ample PCI-E slot for your modding, though the PCI-E lanes at the bottom are very close so going for quad graphic card is not a good idea. There’s also the various buttons nearby the last PCI-E slot for convenient access and configuration.
Lastly, a good set of I/O ports. On the down side, there’s only 2x USB 3.0 and they didn’t continue the tradition of having dual-LAN port like the 790FX-GD70.
More details of at the official product page.
The board retails at around RM 600, which is a very good price for a board with many features.