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MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 Motherboard Review



Well, when it comes down to the wire, apples to apples, the DDR3 memory support does give the AM3 processors a bit of a lead. In just about every test there was an increase when using a 790GX based board with DDR3 memory support over DDR2 memory support. If you are in the market for a new system, then I highly suggest going the AM3 route. However, in my opinion, if you are already running a strong DDR2 based AMD system, then the cost does not justify the minimal increases that you will currently get. All of that aside the MSI 790GX-G65 is a rock solid board with great features that will make any enthusiast smile. The overclocking on this board was very easy and has been one of the stablest I have seen with minimal tweaking. The added ability to overclock using hardware dip switches will allow even a novice the added joy of pushing their hardware beyond the limits.

When it comes to overall feeling of the MSI 790GX-G65, I am finally glad to see AMD based systems moving to the faster DDR3 specifications. While the current AMD Phenom II processors are having trouble at higher DDR3 speeds, this board supports up tp 1600MHz overclocked, so you have plenty of room for pushing your hardware to their breaking point. My only quirk for this board is that the area around the CPU and memory is really tight. When running only two sticks of memory, the manual says they have to be placed in the first channel closest to the CPU to boot which makes having wide large CPU heatsinks hard to install if at all. Even with a stock AMD heatsink I managed to scratch my RAM heatsinks when installing them, because they are right up against the CPU heatsink with no room to breathe. MSI has put together a board that performs well for a reasonable price. What more do you need?



  • Supports faster DDR3 memory
  • Overclocking ability better than most AM2+ boards
  • Sideport Memory
  • Supports CrossFire and CrossFireX
  • Active Phase Switching
  • Price



  • Memory slots too close to the CPU area
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  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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