9th November 2007

Gigabyte, MSI and Asus start listing 790FX and 790X motherboards

posted by Eric C. in Hardware, Motherboards |

Gigabyte, MSI and Asus are all now listing 790FX motherboards on their respective webpages, with MSI and Gigabyte also listing 790X boards. Most of the info about the 790FX motherboards was already available since they had already been announced. Something that’s listed on all the manufacturers webpages that wasn’t in the earlier announcements is official 1066MHz memory support is listed for all the motherboards except for the MSI 790X board which only lists up to 800MHz. The 790X chipset is a slightly cut down version of the 790FX chipset, with the motherboards having only two x16 slots rather than four like the 790FX. Being the lower cost chipset, the manufacturers are using normal heatsinks rather than elaborate heatpipe solutions. Currently, only the GA-MA790FX-DQ6 is listed on Gigabyte’s US page and without pictures but all three models are listed with pictures on their Taiwan webpage.

Links are as follows:
Gigabyte – GA-MA790FX-DQ6, GA-MA790FX-DS5, GA-MA790X-DS4
MSI – K9A2 Platinum, K9A2 CF
Asus – M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP, M3A32-MVP Deluxe

gigabyte-ga-ma790fx-dq6_big.jpg GA-MA790FX-DQ6
gigabyte-ga-ma790fx-dq6_big-backplate.jpg GA-MA790FX-DQ6 ATX I/O Plate

gigabyte-ga-ma790fx-ds5_big.jpg GA-MA790FX-DS5
gigabyte-ga-ma790fx-ds5_big-backplate.jpg GA-MA790FX-DS5 ATX I/O Plate

gigabyte-ga-ma790x-ds4_big.jpg GA-MA790X-DS4

msi-k9a2-platinum.jpg MSI K9A2 Platinum

msi-k9a2-cf.jpg MSI K9A2 CF

asus-m3a32-mvp-deluxeslashwifi-ap.jpg Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP

asus-m3a32-mvp-deluxe.jpg Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe

All motherboard pictures courtesy of their respective manufacturers

There are currently 4 responses to “Gigabyte, MSI and Asus start listing 790FX and 790X motherboards”

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  1. 1 On November 9th, 2007, craigbru said:

    These boards have been a long time coming… I can’t wait to see the first reviews!

  2. 2 On November 9th, 2007, Doomzilla said:

    I cannot believe how elaborate the chipset coolers are getting with these elaborate copper heatpipe monstrosities. I understand the need to cool everything, but with cooler running CPUs you would think that we could get motherboards that run cooler as well. Honestly, I think the new coolers look great, but it just seems like too much. Also, if you wanted to use a specific aftermarket Northbridge heatsink, you can’t because that would require removing the entire cooling apparatus. Oh well… at least the performance should be impressive.

  3. 3 On November 9th, 2007, Eric Chevallier said:

    the 790 chipsets are supposed to be very low watt, so it makes it even funnier that these boards have these huge heatpipe heatsinks. I think it’s more about looking cool than actually requiring all that cooling. Why would you want to switch to an after market heatsink when the one that the motherboard manufacturer put no there is already overkill?

    CrystalCowboy over on the Sudhian formums spotted the board on newegg link

  4. 4 On November 10th, 2007, dasfiend said:

    so normally I like gigabyte, but I think they really messed up with the slot design on the GA-MA790FX-DQ6. So someone is really supposed to have quad crossfire but all single slot cards? What are the odds of that?

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