Originally Posted by chrisjames61
Originally Posted by cssorkinman
I've been poking around , reading what others have posted about it, there are several things that lead me to believe they did quite a few changes in the power delivery /management.
Hardware and bios included.
I'll let you know , but I want to do a mini review as it is shipped from the factory first - I recommend patience and a sense of humor ( and lowered expectations of the reviewer lol )
Do you think the new MSI 990FXA Gaming will generally be inferior to the GD80 V2? MSI's current AMD boards are visually appealing and marketed well but they sure do get a mixed bag of reviews from end users. I would say 60/40 negative.
I'm thinking it will be different, probably run a bit warmer than the GD 80 , but from what others have said it seems to be limiting V-droop.
MSI's lower end board get panned pretty hard, especially in forums like this one. Interestingly , when I went shopping for my 3rd 990 board - the newegg reviews the GD - 65 and GD - 80 had better scores among verified owners than the UD 7, CHV-Z or Fatality pro. I realize that newegg reviewers are a mixed lot, but they all should of had a fairly equal chance to garner good or bad reviews on an individual basis.
Many of the bad experiences people have with msi boards is because they run cooler, giving the enthusiast a false sense of security and they don't protect themselves when you turn off the features most people do when overclocking. And, as you have found, the limit voltage to the cpu in bios unless you jump through a couple extra hoops, many people aren't aware of this and some who are, don't want to be bothered with it.
I really don't have much of an issue with the GD- 80's onboard sound , but my Z87 Mpower's headphone amp is really nice and the 990 gaming is supposed to be on par or better than it in that dept. USB 3.1 should be good and I'll be paying attention to the Killer NIC's performance vs the old board too.
I should start messing with it next weekend-stay tuned.