MSI DKA790GX Platinum Reviewajmatson - October 26, 2008
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Recently we took a look at the Foxconn A7DA-S motherboard which introduced us to one of the newest chipsets from AMD the 790GX. The 790GX platform brought us new and updated technology designed to maximize our computing experience but the most notable addition was the inclusion of Sideport Memory used to boost the onboard graphics. The Sideport Memory helps increase the graphics processing by giving you a faster frame buffer before using the shared system memory. This feature however only works when using the onboard video or a discrete card paired with the onboard video in Hybrid CrossFireX. The 790GX also offers dual PCI Express 2.0 slots for CrossFire combination's that will make your mouth water.
Today we are looking at another 790GX based board from MSI the DKA790GX Platinum. The MSI 790GX series boards come in four flavors the KA790GX, the KA790GX-M which adds Sideport memory, the DKA790GX which adds DrMOS with no Sideport memory, and the DKA790GX Platinum which has both DrMOS and the Sideport memory. This boards Sideport memory comes in as a 1Gbit (128MB) DDR3 1333MHz chip directly soldered to the motherboard ready to add a fast performance increase to your onboard video, up to 15%. This is only the tip of what the MSI DKA790GX Platinum has to offer so let's get into the review to learn all about it.
This motherboard comes packaged in a gamer oriented design featuring a grizzly mascot ready to tear stuff up. Along side him are logos of hardware supported including 140w processors, Quad Core CPU's, and the ATI chipset. There is also a box showing what the DrMOS supports to keep your system more efficient. On the back of the box there are pictures of highlighted features on the DKA790GX Platinum motherboard as well as an overall picture of the board itself.
Once you get the box opened up you can get a look of what is included with the DKA790GX Platinum. Inside are the quick install guides and manuals, three CD's for Vista/XP drivers and additional software, four SATA cables, a floppy cable, an IDE cable, two 4-pin to SATA power adapters, a USB header bracket, two CrossFire bridges, and the M-Connectors.
Now that we have everything out of the box let's move on and get a better look at the board itself.