Alright, check it out. This is the Phenom II board,
from MSI that’s out there for the overclockers. Now, we’ve already discussed
some slightly lower models such as the G65. But this is the G70. Definitely the board to have if you
want to do some overclocking. If you’re going to be doing some
hard core gaming or some overclocking you’re going to like the features
that come with this thing. Check out the layout. Incredible.
Four PCI Express 2.0 slots. Phenom II.
Really fast memory support, and I’m talking about
really fast memory support. Remember, the new memories
that are out there now are going above 2,000 MHz
if you can do more than 1.65 volts, which a lot of people
are concentrating on at Intel and stuff aren’t
really remembering that if you go above 2.2 or 2.1 volts you can crank out some
nasty frequency from DDR3. Also, on top of that,
you can check out, obviously, the big big Northbridge
and Southbridge coolers. There is an integrated
heat pipe coming through here, I don’t know if you can see it,
there you go, it comes all the way over here,
all the way to your Southbridge. Now this is the SP750 Southbridge. And this is the 790 Northbridge,
up here. It’s actually called the RD790. It is socket AM3.
It is 140 watt support. So you can do any Phenom II
that you want up here; X3 and X4, your 940, your 950,
all that good stuff are going to work on here. Even the big ones, the 955 are only
125 watts, and this will do up to 140. So this is a great combination of
Northbridge and Southbridge. You also have a host
of overclocking features that I will talk to you
about in a second. But before that let’s get all
the basics out of the way. Now, this is HyperTransport 3.0 up to 5200 MT/s,
which is about 2600MHz. That’s the latest System Bus from AMB
for the Dragon platform. Up to 16GB of DDR3.
We already talked about how fast it is. Let’s get specific now.
16GB. 1333, 1600, and 2000 MHz are native. And you can go all the way
up to 2133 via overclocking if you want to get down
and dirty and do it you can. Tons of voltage.
2 phase power for the memory, as you can see right here. You’ve got two sets of caps and chokes. So dual phase power. The CPU socket for overclocking,
let’s talk about phase there, is actually a little different. It’s got something called
Active Phase Switching. It’s a hardware based phase switch. So, very good for efficiency.
Very good for overclocking. We’ll talk about that more with the
overclocking features in a second. Let’s continue though on the basics. Let’s talk about SATA ports. Now, looking over here,
you got six SATA ports right there. You have another two right here. And they’re actually
on a different hardware. This is a hardware ray chip, right here. These are the software ones.
So these are going off the SB750. These are going off of a separate
controller, so if you want to do RAID 0, really nice off of these. Everything else can go through here. But you
can also do RAID 0, 0+1, 5, and JBOD through here, which is really nice. Slots. This is where
this board is phenomenal. Four PCI Express x16 slots on this board. If you fully populate them
and you want to do CrossFireX, which is what this board
is designed to do, you’ll be able to do
Quad Crossfire X support and it’s going to give you x16/x16/x8/x8
throughput and bandwidth. Um so that’s what you’re going to get.
You’re also going to get two PCI, regular standard PCIs,
and a PCI Express x1, which are all very very nice. And, I also discovered,
by looking at this board, I don’t know if you can see it,
but over here, if you read the inside of the slot, yeah you can’t read it, it says, “Foxconn.” So you know that Foxconn
builds these boards for MSI in their factory, which I hope you guys
know that Foxconn builds boards for a lot of people. Now, let’s take a look
at the back panel because there’s a lot of
good stuff back there too. Check it out. Starting from the top,
very very nice. You have dual PS2s,
which are useful occasionally when you’re setting up
a new computer. You have your multi channel audio outputs coaxial analog and your SPDIF,
which is your optical that uses the toslink cable. That USB 2.0 and eSATA is right here. More FireWires and USB 2.0s,
Dual Gigabit Ethernet is also right here
so you got double and you can team those
together if you want, or you can set up
a separate network. You can do a bunch of different stuff
with two Dual Gigabit LANS. And then this is your audio.
Again this is very nice audio. This is not regular audio. I doubt you can see it
but the chip is right there, that’s the ALC889A.
Very nice on board audio. It’s one of the few chips that
will actually do true Blu-ray audio and they’re very proud of it obviously
because they listed it right there. They’re very proud of that.
Even the newer boards on there that have all these SPDIFS and stuff
still don’t do true Blu-ray audio and HD. So that’s very important to
know that you have that. Now, let’s talk about these overclocking
features that I was . . . I was all so happy about. First of all, DrMOS system obviously
high-end VRMs and VOS-MOSFETs. All of the nicest hardware
you can imagine. So pretty much everything
you can think of. Ferrite core chokes hidden underneath there,
don’t know if you can see them. Right there, ferrite core chokes. The caps that are in front of them,
all these caps, all solid-state,
with the ferrite core chokes in the back. They are all very very nice. It’s obviously using DrMOS instead
of the traditional MOSFETs. So that’s slightly different. Multiple discreet chips versus,
like, one big one. Also on here, very nice,
besides the cooling, if you come all the way
down here to the bottom. I’m going to show you this is more buttons
than you’ve probably have ever seen. You have got quite a few besides
power, reset, and clear CMOS. You’ve got Green Power
for energy savings and you have the OC Gear button, which is actually going to let you
overclock your front side bus on the fly. So you’re going to hold the button and
you’re going to crank it over to the right or to the left to overdrive your . . . pretty much your front side bus. Now, here’s the thing though.
What’s special about this is it’s . . . it’s integrated into the hardware. So, you’re actually overclocking
without resetting the BIOS, without resetting the computer,
without doing anything. It’s actually overclocking on the fly. Another cool feature that
you’re going to see, obviously, that is becoming very
common in these things is a LCD poster. So that’s going to give
you all your post codes. It’s going to tell you
if anything is wrong. Another one, it’s a feature
that you can’t see, but between all your memory slots, between up here by your DRAM memory,
by your processor, by your VRMs,
your Northbridge and your Southbridge they are all LED indicators. They are very small.
You can’t really see them. But, they will tell you how much
voltage you’re running through here, how much frequency. And you get a bunch of
interesting stuff on here. So you’re always knowing,
you always have an idea of how hard you’re running your system
and how far you’re overclocking. So, definitely very nice stuff. Also a very nice BIOS. And multiple BIOS chips as well
are going to be really useful if you’re overclocking on this board. That combined with the
Active Phase Switching and the DrMOS, which is a very nice way of . . . and elegant way of doing
your MOSFET design. It’s got a bunch of
different little chips instead of one big
integrated circuit. And that increases your efficiency, it helps with overclocking, it gives you better more stable current. Really good stuff. You get a ton of PCI Express slots,
you have a great BIOS for oveclocking and of course it supports
the Phenom II platform, which is a great overclocker in itself. It’s really easy to get to 4.25
on a Phenom Quad-Core, on just a crappy little air cooler. And on water, um, you can probably
get close to 5GHz on water, which is really really impressive. You can’t do that at all with Intel, especially with Intel Core i7,
they run really hot and they just don’t
overclock that far. And, if you get extreme
with a board like this and you’re doing liquid nitrogen you can definitely get into the
above 6GHz range, which is huge. And, and that’s something
that a board like this is worth it. If you’re not going to be
overclocking extensively get the 65, the G65,
you don’t need the G70. But, if you want to have
a gaming monster with a lot of PCI Express connectivity,
very fast memory support, lots of Active Phase Switching
for the CPU, lots of power options,
DrMOS, all this good stuff. This board is . . .
you’re going to love it, it’s great. It’s the GD70 from the 790FX line from MSI. Very good stuff.
This is what’s replacing their Platinum. They got over that naming system.
They have a new naming system. And this is pretty much
one of their better 790 boards. So, awesome stuff. If you have any questions on it email me,
and I will see you guys next time. For more information on the
MSI 790FX GD70 Motherboard type in M452-6060
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