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The MSi 790FX-GD70 is a motherboard capable of supporting a 64bit AMD Phenom II CPU.

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can unlock X2 and X3 disabled cores, potentially creating a big boost in performance

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OC Dial makes it easy to toy with overclocking settings on the fly

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physical layout makes sense, nothing overlaps awkwardly

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4 separate PCI-E x16 slots enables some high-end multiple-GPU setups

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BIOS is very rich, offers lots of overclocking options

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plenty of SATA ports built in for a quick RAID configuration

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included CD software is buggy, need to grab the latest version from the website instead

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bottom PCI-E x16 slot only accepts single-slot cards in most cases

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The MSi 790FX-GD70 is a motherboard capable of supporting a 64bit AMD Phenom II CPU. Becuase of limitations in the chipset, it does not support Windows 98 or ME. This mortherboard comes with Active Phase Switching, which controls the power demand by switching dynamically for a more efficient power usage. It comes with Xpress Cool, which offers a lower temperature when its working. It comes with a HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed of up to 5200MT/s. It comes equipped with the AMD 790FX and SB750 chipset. This motherboard can handle up to 16GB of memory. This model features loss-less content protection technology and full-rate audio enjoyment from Blu-ray disc.

  • motherboard
  • 64bit AMD Phenom II CPU
  • does NOT support Windows 98 or ME
  • Active Phase Switching enabled
  • Xpress Cool
  • HyperTransport 3.0
  • AMD 790FX and SB750 chipsets
  • 16GB memory
  • loss-less content protection technology
  • Live Update 4
  • universal charger utility for Apple iPod, iPad, and iPhone
  • Unlock CPU Core
  • Cool'nQuiet technology
  • ports for: keyboard, mouse, 6in1 audio jack, 6 USB 2.0 ports, LAN jack
  • 9 mounting holes
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