MSI Details Its Phenom-supporting 790FX Motherboard

AMDs latest and greatest chipset is available, even if the processors aren't.

Please do not adjust your monitors, we really do have some non-Intel news for you. While we’ve yet to get our hands on any of AMD’s upcoming Phenom processors, we do at least now know that we’ll have motherboards to plug them into once they arrive. Coming from MSI, the K9A2 Platinum uses AMD’s 790FX chipset, which is being put forward as AMD’s answer to Intel’s X38.

On offer, then, is support for Phenom, Athlon and Sempron processors, up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR2 RAM and four x16 PCI Express slots. The latter can be configured as either two x16 electrical lanes for dual GPU CrossFire setups, or as four x8 lanes for Quad CrossFire when (and if) it becomes available. Two PCI and a single PCI Express x1 slot are also available.

Elsewhere the board sports Gigabit Ethernet, 10 USB ports, 7.1-channel surround sound and MSI’s Circu-Pipe heatsink array. Less promising is the use of the older SB600 southbridge which powers the two PCI slots and six SATA ports. Two of these are running from an on-board PCI chip hard-wired to the southbridge, while the remaining four are directly linked to it. Finally a single IDE slot should accommodate the optical drive needs of most users.

While we rather expect that most people have given up waiting for Phenom by now and jumped on the Core 2 bandwagon, the K9A2 should offer a decent solution for those die-hard AMD fans that have held of until now. And of course if you already have an X2 processor but need, or want, a new board it solves that dilemma too.

MSI press release.