|MSI 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 19 October 2011|
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MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard Review
Manufacturer: Micro-Star International (MSI)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by MSI.
AMD's 900 series chipsets preceded the introduction of their Bulldozer processors by several months. While this chipset offers no additional functionality to non-Bulldozer CPUs, manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon anyway, perhaps because Bulldozer was expected a little sooner than it was actually released, and MSI was one of the first. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at how MSI's 990FX-GD80 motherboard works, and we even use a Bulldozer CPU.
While our recent Bulldozer FX-8150 test results may have disappointed those who were hoping for AMD to unleash a Sandy Bridge killer, there are still reasons to prefer an Bulldozer system over a Sandy Bridge system. Perhaps you like the 42 full PCI-E lanes, or the many overclocking options. AMD's backwards compatibility is much better than Intels', who (most of the time) can't even be bothered to keep the same CPU cooler mounting holes. Then there are things like the six SATA6 ports or maybe you're just an Intel-hating AMD fanboy. I can relate. And so can MSI, with their top-of-the-line 990FX motherboard.
Micro-Star International is one of the top three motherboard and video card manufacturers in the world, and manufacturers a complete line of products ranging from motherboards, video cards, servers, PCs, tablets, and all-in-one computers.