Early in 2008, AMD launched its high-end 790FX + SB600 chipset in ATX form factor which comes with CrossFire X16+X16 architecture.
However, due to the high price (around 160-200USD), the high-end 790FX chipset is not very popular in the market.
In March, AMD introduces the latest low-end entry level 780G + SB700 South Bridge which is catered for the Micro-ATX solution.
Built-in Radeon HD 3200 GPU and DVI+HDMI output support, it is suitable for users,
who need smaller chassis also need the performance, and specifications are good choices. Price is more acceptable around 75-100USD.
But AMD only introduced two high-end and low-end products;
AMD launched the 790GX + SB750 South Bridge in September.
That is providing full-range product solution; the 790GX chipset supports CrossFire technology,
built-in high performance HD3300, and combined into Micro-ATX and ATX form factor.
It is a better flexible combination. The price is also different due to the different form factors.
The ATX version is about 120-160USD while the Micro-ATX solution is 100-130USD.
This time we get high-end MSI DKA 790GX Platinum motherboard for testing.
The ATX version is priced at about 160USD.
Positioned at high-end version, the quality of the package is good.
There are users manual, XP/VISTA driver installation CD, two CF bridges and USB extension port.
MSI DKA790GX Platinum motherboard
2 x PCI-E X16 (In CrossfireX mode, two slots run at x8 mode)
2 X PCI-E X1
2 X PCI
1 X Floppy
Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN controller, Realtek ALC888 HD Audio Codec, 8-channels
5 X SATAII (South Bridge SB750)
1 X IDE
Power/Reset/Clear CMOS button usually use in high-end product.
4-DIMM DDR2, supports 533/667/800MHz, and Phenom can up to 1066MHz
Processor utilizes the 4+1 phase power supply, full support 140W Phenom processor.
Support MSIs exclusive DrMOS energy-saving technology.
6 X USB 2.0
1 X eSATA(SB750)
1 X 1394
1 X S/PDIF optical output
Mouse port change to 2 USB ports
Built-in VGA HD3300, total have D-Sub/DVI/HDMI three output interface.
The cooling device is very special.