MSI 890GXM-G65 Reviewjlqrb -
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The AMD 890GX chipset was released just over a month ago and since that time we here at OCC have managed to get our hands on the majority of these newly released boards, with the exception of just a few. So, to close that gap, the good folks over at MSI sent us a sample of its offering based on this chipset. As a 890GX motherboard, the MSI 890GXM-G65 does have a lot in common with the other boards we reviewed, such as native SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 support, but it does come with one major difference - it uses the mATX form factor. This smaller size could actually be quite the silver lining for this boardm as the 890GX chipset is geared toward and offers a wide array of features for the home theater crowd. This will make it easily fit in most HTPC cases, which tend to be smaller in order to fit more discreetly in entertainment centers without taking up all the room of a conventional style PC. In our previous tests, the 890GX chipset has proven to be a worthwhile successor to the phased out 790GX, but will this smaller form factor from MSI hurt or help this versatile chipset?
The MSI 890GXM-G65 comes packaged in a small white box with a large fiery "G" found on the left side. Next to this fiery letter is the name of the board and icons listing support and features, both above and below the 890GXM-G65 name. Turning the box over, you find the specifications for the board and some in-depth explanations of the motherboard's support and features.
MSI packages the inner contents of the 890GXM with the accessories on top of the motherboard and separated by a cardboard layer. The accessories that are included are one SATA cable, one IDE cable, one SATA adapter, the rear I/O, a manual, a quick install guide, and a drivers disk. This is realy light when it comes to accessories, but as the board is priced for the mainstream market, it is acceptable. Once the accessories and cardboard layer are out, you have access to the motherboard, which comes wrapped in an anti-static bag resting on a layer of protective foam padding.
Now that we have everything out of the box, we can get a closer look at the board and see what the 890GXM-G65 has to offer.