MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard

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Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're here to lety you that we have just posted a new article in which we take a look at the latest AMD 790FX based motherboard to hit our test bench, the MSI K9A2 Platinum.  Built around AMD's 790FX chipset, the K9A2 Platinum offers four-way CrossFireX support, in addition to support for HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0, while MSI also throws in some additional customizations of their own to raise the board to "Platinum" status.  Whether users are looking to upgrade the foundation of a current Athlon-based system or want to go all out for the full Spider experience, MSI thinks it has a solid candidate on its hands.  Click the link below to see if they are correct in their assumption...

MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard
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I own this board . you said it was a see saw battle. i beg to differ. i bought this board almost 3 months ago. This board has better overclocking . you wouldnt know that because you tested two crapy cpus at 2.6 ghz. with this board overclocked 100 more mhz then my last board which was only 3 months old. i was able to hit a perfect 3.5 ghz on my athlon 6400 and my other 6000 cpu. in fact. i put the cpu multy to 14 and raised to FSB. my other mobo hit 3.4 ghz and 970 mhz on ram. while this new mobo hit 3.5 and a 1000 mhz even on ddr2 ram* Zalman 9700 led air cooler*. prob higher but i think my cheap gskill was maxed at 1000. this board his a higher peak then the other board. great review just though id add what i found while using this board.( sorryfor the typos. im tring to get this done fastas my internet is out till monday , im outsiding borrowing a signal. even in FL is cold as amofo in Feb.) This is a great Mobo and the spacing of the 4 pciE 2.0 slots are perfect. u can use 4 double slot cards on this mobo . most mobo put the other 2 pcie slots close together making it where u can only use 3 pcie slots becuase the 4th is block by the 3rd. gota go. Great review. over clock this a bit using high end cpus not crap and see what happens. youll think more of this mobo. good day. oh and one more thing. im using apowercolor 3850 512 . using the new overclocked settings on this mobo i am able to play COD4 with everything maxed without a single hitch. at 3.4 ghz and 970 ram itgs stil a slight bit choppy.  to me that made all the differnce

 

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I've bought this Mobo right nowand thinking about chipset pipe cooling and basic physics. Do you thing it is important how the board is mounted, horizontally or vertically. My understanding is the hottest part (SB ?) of piping should be lower than coolest part (cooler close to CPU?).

I didn!t find any comments till now, is there anybody who knows physics better than me?

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I have this mobo with a phenom quad core, and just use a 2 GN video card and a big HDD. And an soundblaster FX card, I can only use 2 RAM slots with 2 GB Patriot chips, But I want to use my other 2 for 8 gb ram. So now I have a 2 TB HDD, and a full win 7 64 bit. The driver cds only came with xp and vista, so I hope the vista drivers will work. I am having a hard time installing the 2 TB HDD and the win 7 64 bit. I am trying using only 2 of the 2 gb ram ships but when I boot the new hdd to the win 7 64 bit dvd, it just keeps saying insert the boot program and hit a button, over and over. I went to the biod and loaded the default settings, and set it to pick up the dvd or and other device to boot from. I dont get it. When I build the pc, it was simple..I installed xp, the vista upgrade, and the win 7 32 bit upgrade. Then the mobo drivers, vid and sound drivers. it was simple. Why is it not simple putting in a new hdd and a full fersion of win 7 64? It should act the same as when I first built it. I want to finally use 8 gb RAM.. I have 4 nice 2 GB patriot RAM chips that have heat fins on them. I dont seem to know how to do it anymore, Oh, and the heatsink I ised that fit in the tight spot was the butterfly one, with a red led light on it. I have a nice glass side, untra case... and It of course wouldnt fir the tube for fresh aur frim the glass side, but a nice little led lit fan screwed right is. The power supply is even clear and can be chanced to 3 different colors. But anyway, I need to know how to install this new 2 terabite hard drive, and win 7 64 bit on it. Then I will add the other 2 two GB RAM cards.I need the order to do it. I even have bothe hard drives hooked up now but cannot access the new hdd, Is there any step by step instructions to put in a new hard drive, with a new version on win 7 64 bit? I really need to know from setting the bios, down to the drivers. and if I need to put a jumper on the hdd. The 6 sata poers are confusing because 4 are purple and 2 are red. why the different color sata ports? which ones for the hdd and which for the dvd? I am totally confused right now. If you have a link or can copy and past step by step for replacing the hddd and a new instalatio of win 7 64 bit full version, You are a genious and it would reall help me. Thanks in advance.

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also, I would like to learn how tho overclock it, but not so much that it is in danger. I have 2 fans on the power supply, the buf fan on the heat sink that id sideways to fit.. it;s a huge butterfly heatsink, the one on the glass side, and there is a filtered fan in the front bottom.Tye video card even has a fan in it.Then I have a large output fan on the back. so it is plenty cool. The Patriot RAM cards even have heat sink fans on them.

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I just need step by step on installind the new 2 TB HDD and the new win 7 64 bit op system, and what order to do things like the drivers for the video and sound... but mostly the mobo driverss.

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I think if I can get the hdd in and the win 7 64 installed, I can get the 64 bit drivers off the net...I hope. But I love this motherboard. I used to have 2 1 gb video cards on it in spider mode... but when I upgraded to win 7 from vista, they didnt work so I had to ger a new vid card, and it was so fat it takes 2 soaces. AMD radeon 4850.I did have 2 HD 3870's. I am so confused right now.

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JHightower why don't you  edit your posts intead of double / multi posting O_o

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