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Good Price on MSI 990XA-GD55 - Should I Bite?

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This is at Fry's Electronics for $89.99 after a $30 rebate. I have an X4 980 BE right now and might go for Steamroller if/when they come out. I read about issues with voltage being locked fairly low on MSI boards hampering overclocking (like around 1.45v). I've also read that MSI is very paranoid about customers damaging their hardware and purposely throttle CPUs at the first sign of higher VRM temps. Is there any truth to these claims? Should I just spend a bit more on ASUS or Gigabyte? Is the 990XA-GD55 even a good buy @ $120 with $30 MIR? Thanks.
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According to this sticky thread you should be ok.

http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboard-vrm-information-list
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Sometimes wonder about my ability to search these forums. wink.gif Here's an post from Tator Tot in that thread about that particular board. Think I should pass regardless of the deal.

http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database/690#post_15184521
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If you can get a rev1.1 or rev4.0 of the Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3, go for that instead. rev3.0 has VRM cooling problems, which honestly should be fine for your current CPU, but has throttling issues when OC'ing 8 core FX cpu's. Of course you can ghetto mod a 60 or 80mm fan on the VRM heatsink that supposedly fixes that.
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