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MSI DKA790GX Platinum review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £124
inc VAT


AM2+, ATX, AMD 790GX chipset, supports: Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Phenom, Phenom II

MSI’s DKA790GX Platinum is one of the first motherboards designed for the Phenom II processor.

Its high scores in our tests, conducted with a Phenom II 940, make a convincing case for its AMD 790GX Northbridge chipset. It has an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics processor and supports the Hybrid CrossFireX standard, which lets you combine the power of your integrated graphics processor with the onboard chip. With 128MB of GDDR3 Sideport memory, the graphics processor doesn’t need to share the main RAM. The motherboard has HDMI, DVI and VGA video outputs, so you won’t have to fiddle with any awkward converters.

Two PCI Express x16 slots provide room for a pair of discrete graphics cards in Crossfire configuration, although a single dual-chip card is a better choice. The pair of PCI Express x1 slots enable you to fit modern sound cards and TV tuners, and there are two PCI slots for older hardware.

The board includes five SATA connectors, an eSATA port, FireWire, six USB ports and three internal USB headers. There’s an IDE port for an older hard disk and even a floppy connector.

The DKA790GX Platinum performed brilliantly and is well priced for an AMD 790 board. It’s ideal if you want to upgrade to AMD’s new processor or provide room for upgrade at a later date.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor socket AM2+
Form factor ATX
Size 304x245mm
Processor support Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Phenom, Phenom II
Processor external bus 266MHz (1,066MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridge AMD 790GX
Chipset south bridge AMD SB750
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR2 667/800/1066
Maximum memory speed PC2-8500
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 8GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £124

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 2
Dual graphics architecture CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 2
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 3
Floppy ports 1
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 5
RAID chipset (max disks) AMD SB750 (6x SATA II, RAID 0, 1, 10)


Wired network ports 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC888 (HDMI, optical S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 6/3
Firewire ports / headers 1/0
Legacy ports 1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports VGA, DVI, HDMI, eSATA
Cables included 4x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x floppy, 2x Molex to SATA power
Brackets included 2x USB2
Software included HDD Backup

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 600MHz

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