Originally Posted by anubis44
F3ERS 2 ASH3S, I'd be interested to know what you think about your MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 motherboard. My 8350 is being shipped as we speak, and I still haven't made a final decision about the right motherboard for it. I want to overclock it using a good closed-loop system or possibly an easy do-it-yourself custom water system (as I've never built one before). Most important considerations for me are:
-adequate cooling of VRMs/northbridge
-adequate spacing between x16 PCI-E slots for 2 graphics cards (I'm just not going to go past 2 given the lack of scaling I see)
-reasonable price - (I'll pay more for genuine benefits for the above characteristics, but I'm not interested in paying top dollar for e-peen cred. - eg. I don't need an Asus Formula X Maximus Imperial Republic of Gaming Death Star motherboard for $300 because it has glow-in-the-dark reset button right on the motherboard for overclocking on cryogenic-grade liquid nitrogen. Excellent VRM/northbridge temps and top performance on water with a small, non-illuminated reset button will do me just fine! I want performance, not glam)
My current choice is ending up as the Gigabyte 990FX-UD7, but before I pull the trigger on that board, I just wanted to hear from a current MSI user running a Vishera chip so as to leave no stone unturned. Also, if you could put your finger on your northbridge chip after the machine has been on for a while and tell me whether you fear receiving 2nd degree burns, I'd really appreciate it. The Gigabyte 990FX-UD3 I tried gave me that fear.
Thanks! Really appreciate it!
I love it.. however I currently am having issues with a stability but I don't think that its based on the board.. The BIOS is decent with a lot of options
The only downfall is that in order to make sure you don't loose your oc if you have a bad oc and it wont post is you have to back it up to a usb.. other than that I haven't had any issues.. at least that I have narrowed down.. Tonight Im going to test a few things to see if I am at a psu issue.
The northbridge gets warm but not blazing hot.. if you leave your finger on it you get the feeling of hey you should take it off but nothing like actually getting burns... however the hs are held on by screws and no the cheapy plastic clips. so if you interesed the after make stuff looks appealing..
I have to say at this point i am satisfied with it..
~Seems to do great so far once a solid oc is hit it doesn't have issues no Vdroop
-adequate cooling of VRMs/northbridge
~VRMS stay cool NB a bit warm but nothing scary
-adequate spacing between x16 PCI-E slots for 2 graphics cards
~yes plenty of room I have SLI 460's and the convieniently placed a pcie 1x inbetween
Originally Posted by cssorkinman
Anubis, I'd put the MSI 990FXA GD-80 up against any board out there. The only thing it lacks is LLC , which bothers some people. The chip is going to need whatever voltage it needs to run at a certain speed, if you use LLC to up the volts at load or if you simply compensate by upping the voltage otherwise , to counter Vdroop it really doesn't matter when at load. You will run higher volts at idle, but without a load I don't see that as a huge deal because very little heat is being generated. As for the 65, some reviews have it giving the same clocks as the Crosshair V Formula - didnt find a review vs the Giga 7 though.
^I looked at reviews with the same regards and thats why i bought it
the gd65 doesn't have LLC but I have noticed that the actual voltage options adjust for the .03 that gets lost.. and as far as Vdroop I haven't seen anything more than the .03
Kepp in mind I had another post that im having issues running stable but i think its the PSU after thinking about it...
so far this board is solid and keeps cool NB is really the only think that seems to get any sort of heat. even the VRMs seem to remain cool..
Clocking the GD65 is interesting in itself compared the the M5A88v-evo I had biggest downfall and I reapeat is that if you have a failed oc it rocoveres 10% of the time, you normally have to clear cmos and start again.. but if you are smart and save your OC profile to USB then you are goldenEdited by F3ERS 2 ASH3S - 11/14/12 at 8:25am