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MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 Motherboard Review

Price: $129.99


We have seen a lot of DDR3 based boards for the Intel platforms over the past few months. However, now the DDR3 flavors are also arising for the AMD followers. These new boards use the proven chipsets that were used for the DDR2 based processors, but with support for the faster memory speeds DDR3 has to offer. One of these chipsets is the tried and true 790GX platform. The 790GX based boards brought radical new technology to the table and have shown great potential time and time again, so it is no surprise to see them used as a basis for the new socket AM3 motherboard designs. One of these new boards is the MSI 790GX-G65 motherboard which supports the new AM3 line of processors including the AM3 Phenom II X3 and X4. This particular board has support for DDR3 memory up to 1600MHz. However, currently the Phenom series processors only support up to 1333MHz, which is a big bummer considering the potential of this chipset. The MSI 790GX-G65 also supports processors up to 140 watts and adds some unique features that should make overclocking fun and easy for everyone from noob to novice.


Closer Look:

The MSI 790GX-G65 motherboard comes boxed in a sleek white package with a flame-like design. The front of the package features several logos sporting off the technology that the board uses and supports. On the back side of the packaging MSI has highlighted several of the great features that the 790GX-G65 brings to your rig including Active Phase Switching, Sideport Memory, and more.





Inside the box there is a wealth of goodies that will help you in building your system. When you open the box you can see the care that went into packaging the board and accessories. Included with the MSI 790GX-G65 is the manual, software CD, quick install guide, and IDE cable, four SATA cables, two 4-pin Molex to SATA power adapters, a set of quick connect headers, I/O shield plate, and a CrossFire bridge.



Now that everything is out of the box we can get a better look at the motherboard itself.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS Continued
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis-Warhead
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  16. Testing: Dead Space
  17. Testing: Fallout 3
  18. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  19. Testing: 3DMark06
  20. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  21. Conclusion
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