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The MSi 890FXA-GD70 is a premium M-ATX motherboard with an AM3 socket geared for a Phenom II or Athlon II CPU.

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Pros

feels solid, not a lot of flex in it

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crossfire support built into the motherboard itself, makes expansion easier

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BIOS design makes it very easy to overclock

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rarely conflicts with any compatible hardware, fairly reliable

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Cons

installing a pair of cards in Crossfire covers up other PCI slots

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no SLI compatibility, Crossfire only

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no IDE connectors are available for older hard drives

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The MSi 890FXA-GD70 is a premium M-ATX motherboard with an AM3 socket geared for a Phenom II or Athlon II CPU. Featured is support for SATA II and III drives, USB 2.0 and 3.0, optical audio, Crossfire/SLI, Hybrid Crossfire, and Gigabit LAN. Critics hail it for its superior gaming applications (including 3D games) and have noted that its mATX form factor could make it ideal for a home-theater PC. Plus its built-in ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics supports full video and audio connectivity, including HDMI. Featured also is an Easy Overclocking Switch for overclocking without having to enter the BIOS, and support for all AM3 processors (including those with a 140W TDP). Again though there is the complaint that the board (like many MSI peers) isn’t the strongest overclocker.

Features
  • M-ATX Motherboard
  • AM3 Socket
  • Geared for Phenom II CPU
  • All Supports Athlon II
  • AMD 890 890GX+SB850 Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory Only (Dual Channel)
  • Four DIMM Slots (16GB Max)
  • PCI-Ex16 x2
  • PCI-E Gen2 (1x16), (1x8)
  • PCI-Ex1 x1
  • PCI x1
  • IDE x1
  • SATA-III x5
  • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • 10/100/1000 LAN
  • 6 Audio Ports + Optical SPDIF
  • USB 3.0 x2
  • USB 2.0 x4
  • ESATA x1
  • VGA x1
  • HDMI x1
  • DVI x1
  • DirectX 10.1
  • Crossfire/SLI
  • Hybrid CrossFire
  • Active Phase Switching
  • OC Genie Lite
  • Unlock CPU Core
  • DrMos
  • 140W Support
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