MSI 990FXA Gam­ing

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Mov­ing up the price scale we have an en­try from MSI’s Gam­ing range, which was re­leased late last year and ticks all the right boxes for those want­ing to build the ul­ti­mate AMDbased per­for­mance and gam­ing sys­tem.

The 990FXA Gam­ing is an AM3+ Socket mother­board that, along with six SATA 6Gbps con­nec­tors, fea­tures four DDR3 mem­ory slots, three PCIe x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots and a sin­gle legacy PCI slot.

The rear I/ O back­plate houses a sin­gle PS/ 2 key­board and mouse port, eight USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.1 ports, gi­ga­bit ‘ Killer’ Eth­er­net, op­ti­cal S/ PDIF out and a six­port au­dio block. The ea­gleeyed among you will have un­doubt­edly no­ticed that the rear I/ O is sadly lack­ing in any video out­puts, which is a shame, as you’re now locked into buy­ing a graph­ics card as op­posed to util­is­ing the, re­al­is­ti­cally half- de­cent, AMD APU tech­nol­ogy.

As we men­tioned above, this is a per­for­mance mother­board, de­signed for multi- GPU gam­ing set­ups and ex­treme over­clock­ing. As such, MSI has sup­plied the 990FXA with an arse­nal of gam­ing fea­tures. The likes of Au­dio Boost offers high­qual­ity sound pro­duc­tion, along with EMI shield­ing and the Killer gam­ing LAN port is said to elim­i­nate lag, boost­ing in- game com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween your PC and the server by pri­ori­tis­ing the gam­ing spe­cific traf­fic.

In de­sign, the 990FXA has mil­i­tary class com­po­nents, ad­her­ing to MSI’s strict fo­cus on qual­ity. And of course the over­all de­sign and lay­out of the mother­board bears a sporty, ag­gres­sive gam­ing look, com­plete with MSI dragon badge south­bridge and a black and red theme through­out with a red LED in­di­cat­ing the iso­lated au­dio PCB.

Along­side the hard­ware and looks, MSI’s Click BIOS 4 makes an ap­pear­ance. This is one of the best UEFI BIOS ex­am­ples cur­rently avail­able, although in all fair­ness it does lack the hand- hold­ing el­e­ment that the Gi­ga­byte UEFI BIOS has. Within Click BIOS 4 you can set all man­ner of over­clocked or cus­tom set­tings quickly and eas­ily, as well as var­i­ous pro­files that can be ac­ti­vated with a click of a mouse but­ton.

The MSI 990FXA Gam­ing is cer­tainly an im­pres­sive mother­board. It has ev­ery­thing a per­for­mance sys­tem builder is look­ing for in a mother­board and it only costs in the re­gion of £ 135. How­ever, by its gam­ing na­ture it has alien­ated it­self from the vast ma­jor­ity of other sys­tem builders, those who still want a per­for­mance sys­tem but re­quire el­e­ments such as rear I/ O video out­puts, for ex­am­ple.

Still, for the price, there’s a lot to like about the MSI 990FXA Gam­ing mother­board.

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