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MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard Review

MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI K9A2 Platinum is built on AMDs venerable 790FX and SB600 chipsets, which incorporate Hypertransport 3.0 and bus speeds of up to 2600MHz.
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Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark 05, Conclusions

Futuremark PCMark05 1.1.0 Source:FutureMark

PCMark05 is a premium tool for measuring both normal home use and simple 3D performance of the latest PC hardware. There are 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportPCMark05:
Overall Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 8276
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 6643
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 6729
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 6707
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 6496
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 6809
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 6915
MSI K9A2 Platinum (AMD790 200/800) 7037
CPU Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 5313
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 5694
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 5706
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 5729
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 5716
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 5761
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 5727
MSI K9A2 Platinum (AMD790 200/800) 5766
Memory Points Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 4121
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 5085
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800) 5183
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 5216
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 5072
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 5066
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 5196
MSI K9A2 Platinum (AMD790 200/800) 5231

PCMark05 results for the MSI K9A2 Platinum are in the middle of the pack. It's good, but the motherboard can't really separate itself from the rest of these AMD platforms either.

Conclusions - How does MSI's K9A2 Platinum Motherboard stack up?

When it comes to building and AMD socket AM2 computer system for gaming or general computing needs, value is the key word. The MSI K9A2 Platinum holds up well against comparable motherboards, and most importantly offers a lot of value, particularly for users in search of a 2/3/4-way Crossfire friendly platform.

As an AMD platform, the AMD 790FX chipset offers a suitable number of PCI Express lanes for dual graphics cards to run with 16 PCI Express lanes apiece, and in the benchmarks the board competes well against. When faced off against an Intel Core 2 Duo platform, well.... AMD's obvious handicaps become visible. Still, in the world of value gaming platforms, AMD processors and boards like the MSI K9A2 Platinum (retailing for about $160) have a lot to offer.

The MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard is aimed squarely at value conscious gamers who realistically want to run a pair of ATI videocards in Crossfire with their existing Socket AM2 AMD Phenom/Sempron/Athlon64 processor. The board can accommodate up to 4-way Crossfire, but in our opinion this isn't a very realistic usage scenario (cost of the four videocards and suitable power supply is very high). The K9A2 Platinum more than meets the needs of gamers.

In terms of integrated features, on the K9A2 Platinum you'll find Gigabit networking, 7.1 channel High Definition Azalia audio, IEEE 1394a, Serial ATA II (6 internal, 2 external) and plenty of USB 2.0. There are two PCI Express x16 slots care of the AMD 790FX chipset that operate in x16/x16 mode with dual Crossfire videocards, a further two which operate in x8/x8 mode for other PCI Express devices, two PCI slots for legacy gear and one PCI Express x1 slot.

MSI Computer has included all the necessary gear with this board, though we do wish it had supplied more brackets.... There are three USB headers, but only one USB bracket. If you run into problems, the User's Manual is well written and easy to read. The passive chipset cooling system works very well, and best of all is totally quiet.

In terms of performance the MSI K9A2 Platinum handled like every other Socket AM2 motherboard that PCSTATS has tested recently. That doesn't mean it's bad, it just explains why the results are so flat. While AMD's processors have lost the lustre they once commanded over Intel's processor offerings, for those who already have a socket AM2 chip and want the capability of running twin AMD Crossfire compatible videocards at a full 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes each the MSI K9A2 Platinum delivers. As a value conscious gaming platform, it makes a good upgrade option for any user who want to migrate from single-GPU to multi-GPU gaming and reap the advantages that all that extra gaming hardware entails!

PCSTATS Best Value Award

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Contents of Article: MSI K9A2 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FarCry, Doom3
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark 05, Conclusions

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