MSI DKA790GX Platinum Reviewajmatson - October 26, 2008
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This board was a pleasure to work with. It was very stable and overclocks very easily with either the dip switches, via the BIOS, or using the AMD overclocking utility. The scores speak for themselves this board was built for gamers in mind. The 790GX and SB750 combination provide the power needed to run any system and MSI takes that combination and puts it in a very solid platform for your computing pleasure. The Circu-Pipe heatsink design keeps the DKA790GX Platinum at safe operating temperatures even while overclocked as far as I had it. Not once did it get too hot or did I need to add extra fans to cool it down. Having the memory on the outside slots also helped keep the air flowing well. I was kind of scratching my head as to why they place four of the SATA ports at 90 degree angles and not the fifth one. With large video cards this could pose a problem. This board is a very stable platform for any gamer or power user and with a great chipset you could not go wrong.
Also the integrated graphics while not built for gaming provide a rich computing experience when used for general computer use such as web surfing and watching your favorite movies. Add this to an HD 3450 for Hybrid CrossFireX and you can even play some games at low to medium resolutions. This would make the perfect HTPC platform for anyone wanting a solid board with great options and room for future expansion. If you are looking for an excellent board with good onboard video then the MSI DKA790GX will do you well. Even if you are not going to use the integrated video this is a very solid board with a great platform supporting it.
- Very easy to overclock with switches
- DrMOS for power efficiency
- Sideport memory buffer for integrated video
- Circu-Pipe cooling system
- Integrated HD 3300 Video
- ATI Unified Video Decoder and AVIVO technology
- One SATA port not 90 degrees.