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MSI DKA790GX Platinum Review

ajmatson    -   October 26, 2008
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Specifications:

 

CPU:
AMD® Phenom/Athlon/Sempron CPU.
Chipset:
AMD® 790GX and SB750 Chipset
HyperTransport Bus:
HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 5200MT/s
AM2 CPU supports HyperTransport 1.0/2.0
AM2+ CPU supports HyperTransport 3.0
Memory:
Supports Dual DDR2 667/800/1066(only for AM2+)
4 DDR2 DIMMs (240pin / 1.8V)
Supports a maximum memory size up to 8GB.
Expansion Slots:
1 mazarine PCI Express x16 slot with x16 operation (PCI Express Bus SPEC V2.0 compliant)
1 light-blue PCI Express x16 slot with x8 operation (PCI Express Bus SPEC V2.0 compliant)
When 2 PCI Express x16 slots are all installed, the PCIE x 16 lanes will auto arrange form x16/ x0 to x8/ x8. Do not use the light-blue slot when only one PCI Express x16 card is installed.
2 PCI Express x1 slots
2 PCI slots, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface.
Storage
On-Board IDE
One IDE port by AMD® SB750
Supports Ultra DMA 66/100/133 mode
Supports PIO, Bus Master operation mode
Can connect up to two IDE devices

On-Board SATA
5 SATA II (1~5) ports by AMD® SB750
1 eSATA port by AMD® SB750
Supports storage and data transfers at up to 3Gb/s

RAID Function
SATA II 1~5 support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 or JBOD mode by AMD® SB750
Audio:
Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC888
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
Ethernet:
Realtek PCI-E GbLAN controller 8111C
Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in single chip
Supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s and 1000Mb/s
Compliance with PCI-Express Bus specification v1.0a
IEEE 1394/FireWire:
Chipset integrated by JMicron® JMB381
Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps
Rear Panel:
1 x PS/2 keyboard or mouse
1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x optical SPDIF-out port
1 x eSATA port
1 x IEEE1394 Port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x Graphic Card port
1 x HDMI port 
Internal I/O:
ATX 24-pin power connector
ATX 4-pin 12V CPU power connector
CPU x 1 / System x 2 FAN connectors
CD-in connector
Front panel audio connector
Front panel connector
Chassis intrusion switch connector
3 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 6 ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
5 x Serial ATA II connectors
1 x ATA133 HD connectors
Serial port connector
Clear CMOS button
Power button
Reset button
OC switch
1 x Wake on LAN connector
1 x TPM module header
Mounting:
9 mounting holes
Dimensions:
30.4cm(L) x 24.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor

 

 

Features:

  • Sideport Memory
  • Equipped additional 1Gbit (128MB) DDR3 1333MHz IGP memory to accelerate onboard VGA 3D performance up to 15%.
    Independent IGP memory can reduce the consumption of system memory.

  • 3DMark Vantage
    The 3DMark Vantage is the newest benchmark software which is from Futuremark Corporation and generally used on analyzing a PC performance of DirectX® 3D visualization, especially a valuable guideline for gaming users as reference.
    Hardware equipment required: [CPU] AMD Phenom 9850(2.5GHz), [Memory] DDR2 1066(1GBx2)
    Software equipment required: [Benchmark] 3DMark Vantage, [Resolution] Entry Mode (no AA, no AF, 32bpp),[OS] Windows Vista 32-bit.

  • Easy OC Switch
    Help end-users upgrade CPU FSB directly
    Buy an essential CPU but want to reach higher performance
    Skip the complicated BIOS OC setting and enjoy the higher level CPU performance

  • DrMOS
    Excellent energy-saving capability and offers high-computing performance.
    Provide superior energy-saving function and maintain an ultimate low temperature operation.
    Comes with three incredible features.

  • All Solid Capacitors
    Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors
    Endurable to operation under higher frequency & temperature
    Avoid exploding capacitors to cause mainboards failure

  • All Shielded Choke
    A choke is an inductor responsible for storing power and regulates the current.
    All shielded choke could reduce core power loss, lower EMI interference.
    Store energy longer at higher frequency, achieving higher efficiency.

  • M-Connectors
    Easy connect to front panel & chassis cable
    2x USB, IEEE 1394, front panel (JFP1/2)& audio(JAUD1) M-connector in the package
    Easy to tell the definition of each pin

  • CrossFireX Support
    Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, ATI CrossFire Ready.
    The ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform.
    Provides 2.7x faster performance than single graphic card solution.

  • Green Power Design
    With Multi-phase PWM IC, which lead to better power converting, reducing noise and expand the lifespan and stability.

  • User Friendly Design
    Functions designed with button to be easy use.
    Help power-users tweaking process in-chasis enviornment
    Onboard SATA ports are stacked on the mainboard to avoid mechanical issue with giant graphic cards like 8800 Ultra.

  • Dual Core Center
    Key components status hardware monitor.
    Monitor the Dual Core CPU each unit status.
    Optimize System status define.
    Auto speed up with system loading change.

  • MSI Advanced Live Update Online
    The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.

  • Live Update 3 Standard
    Live Update 3 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.

  • Cool'n'quiet
    AMD Cool'n'Quiet™ technology that based on famous PowerNow™ technology just brings fresh air to hot-fighting desktop platform. Cool'n'Quiet technology can automatically adjust processor ratio to throttle.

 

 

All information on this page is courtesy of MSI @ http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=DKA790GX_Platinum&class=mb




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis & WinRAR
  9. Testing: Specview 10 & PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, & HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Extras:
  21. Conclusion
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