MSI presents motherboard with AMD's new 890FX chipset
At the CES in Las Vegas MSI presented a socket AM3 motherboard with AMD's new high-end chipset 890FX. It offers SATA 3, USB 3.0 and additional features.
The 890FX-GD70 from MSI supports, in contrast to most other socket AM3 motherboards, SATA 3 (SATA 6 GBit/s) and USB 3.0. MSI couldn't answer the question if the new chipset can deal with the two standards natively or if additional controllers from Marvell or NEC are used.
Like it has been the case for the popular predecessor, the 790FX-GD70, the new motherboard will be equipped with the highly durable Dr Mos components. Furthermore it offers the power saving feature APS (Active Phase Switching) which automatically adjusts the phases of the CPU power supply. A thick heatpipe, which MSI calls Superpipe, is used for the cooling solution. The five PCI Express slots can be used for Quad-Crossfire. Up to now it has not been revealed if four graphics cards will be linked via eight (as it is the case with the 790FX chip) or possibly more PCI-E 2.0 lanes. MSI also advertises that the deactivated core of triple-core processors is supposed to be reactivated easily. This is possible with several new socket AM3 boards.
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