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MSI 790FX-GD70 and Phenom II 955BE

by on29 April 2009


AMD 790FX/SB750
4+1 phase integrated MOSFET VRM
Realtek ALC889
2x Realtek RTL8111DL PCIe Gb LAN controller
JMicro JMB322 SATA II RAID 0, 1 port multiplier
VIA VT1315N PCIe Firewire controller
Fintek F71889FG  super I/O controller
RTM880N clock generator
passive cooling of chipsets/VRM
8Mb BIOS, version  1.1, 1.2b4, 1.3b2, 1.3b3, 1.3b5, 1.3b6RC
Mainboard Revision: 1.00


4x PCIe 2.0 x16
1x PCIe x1
2x PCI

4x Dual-Channel DDR3-slots for PC2-10667U memory up to 8GB

5-Port SATA II featuring RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD
1-Port IDE
2-Port SATA II RAID 0, 1, JBOD
1-Port Floppy
1-Port eSATA

Backpanel ports:
1x PS/2 keyboard
1x PS/2 mouse
2x Gb LAN
5x USB 2.0
1x Firewire 400
7.1 analog output
1x digital audio optical out
1x digital audio coaxial out


4x SATA cable with clips
1x IDE cable
1x 2-port USB 2.0 bracket
2x HDD-power to SATA-power
1x MSI M-connector package
2x Crossfire Bridges

BIOS features:
Bus Speeds: Auto, 200MHz to 600MHz in 1MHz increments
Memory Ratios: Auto, 667, 800, 1066, 1333, 1600
HT Link Speeds: Auto, x1 to x20 in x1 increments
Adjust PCIe Speed: 100MHz to 150MHz in 1MHz increments
DRAM command rate: Auto, 1T, 2T
DRAM timing control: Auto, manual
CPU Clock Multiplier: Auto, 4x to 32.5x in 0.5x increments
CPU NB Clock Multiplier: Auto, 4x to 20x in 1x increments
CPU Voltage: Auto, 1.100V to 2.000V in 0.01V increments
CPU VDD Voltage: Auto, 1.1000V to 1.5500V in 0.01 increments, depanding  on CPU
CPU PLL Voltage:  various
CPU NB Voltage: Auto, 1.1000V to 1.5500V in 0.01V increments
DRAM Voltage: Auto, 1.50V to 2.00V in 0.05V increments, 2.20V, 2.30V
Northbridge Voltage: Auto, 1.10V to 1.60V in 0.05V increments
HT Link Voltage: Auto, 1.10V to 1.50V in 0.05V increments


MSI 790GX-GD70 (provided by MSI)
AMD 790GX/SB750
MSI DKA790GX (provided by MSI)
AMD 790GX/SB750
ECS Elitegroup A790GXM-AD3 (provided by Elitegroup)
AMD 790GX/SB750

AMD Phenom II 720BE (provided by AMD)
AMD Phenom II 810 (provided by AMD)
AMD Phenom II 940BE (provided by AMD)
AMD Phenom II 955BE (provided by AMD)

Scythe Andy Kabuto (provided by Scythe-Europe)

Kingston 3GB Kit (only 2 used) PC3-16000U KHX16000D3T1K3/3GX (provided by Kingston)
CL7-7-7-20 CR1T at 1.50V or mainboard default

Graphics Card:
MSI R4850-2D1G-OC (provided by MSI)

Power supply:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W (provided by PC Power & Cooling)

Hard disk:
Western Digital WD4000KD (provided by Ditech)

Case fans:
SilenX iXtrema Pro 14dB(A) (provided by
Scythe DFS122512LS

Cooler Master Stacker 831 Lite (provided by Cooler Master)

Because we don't like broken operating systems such as Vista, all tests are performed with XP SP3. While 64-bit software is still not very common, we also stick with the 32-bit version.

Last modified on 01 June 2009
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