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post #19031 of 28706
Hmm one of the reviews I was reading last night said the GD70 was lacking in the CPU Phase power circuitry but was stable none the less. The review said the GD70 only had 5 phase. I'll see if I can dig up that review again and quote it...
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Hmm one of the reviews I was reading last night said the GD70 was lacking in the CPU Phase power circuitry but was stable none the less. The review said the GD70 only had 5 phase. I'll see if I can dig up that review again and quote it...
It's a 5 physical + 3 Virtual.

Has something to deal with that Dr.Mos stuff.

One reviewer really explains it. I'll PM it to you if I find it.
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Well I just found the review I spoke of earlier. Here is the review and below is the reviews final thought to rap it up...


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If you are after the highest-end chipset from AMD for gaming and overclocking, you need to look no further than the AM3 790FX. It promises the best performance, most overclocking headroom and full CrossFireX support, putting it well above other AMD chipsets if you are looking to build a top-end gaming rig. Unfortunately there aren't exactly a plethora of retail options available at the moment. At the time of this writing, we only counted four available AM3 790FX boards and half of them didn't implement the FX's full set of features, missing things like four PCI-E x16 slots for quad-CrossFireX support. One of the two available AM3 790FX boards implementing the full FX feature set is the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe, the other is the MSI 790FX-GD70. Judging from our initial impressions from this evaluation, the 790FX-GD70 looks extremely promising.

The 790FX-GD70 not only performed just as well, if not slightly better than the M4A79T out of the box, but our overclocking trial suggests it's very overclockable as well. The MSI board also comes at a slightly lower price than the ASUS board, as the 790FX-GD70 is currently offered for around $175, about $15 less than the M4A79T Deluxe. Despite the lower price, the 790FX-GD70 misses nothing in terms of features. It comes with all the juicy extras you expect from a high-end board, like automatic phase switching, all solid capacitors, shielded chokes, competitive power saving features and full CrossFireX support with four physical PCI-E x16 slots, not to mention a decent bundle of accessories. The only area where the 790FX-GD70 doesn't quite stack up to the competition is in the number of power phases available to the processor.

While it is standard these days for most enthusiast motherboards to feature 8-phase power designs, with some sporting as many as 16, the 790FX-GD70 only gets 5. Ultimately though, the number of power phases available doesn't have a particularly notable effect on performance so it's not of crucial importance in the big picture and pales to insignificance next to the GD70's many strengths.

Overall MSI has created a very competitive board with the 790FX-GD70. It features an excellent layout, well designed functional cooling system, CrossFireX support with four PCI-E x16 slots, excellent overclocking ability and useful features like the innovative OC Dial. While many users may be better served by cheaper 790GX based solutions like MSI's DKA790GX, those of you looking for a high-end enthusiast board to pair up with your brand new AM3 Phenom II processor should definitely consider the MSI 790FX-GD70.

Edited by N2Gaming - 10/10/09 at 11:55am
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post #19034 of 28706
Messed up your quote tag a bit N2.

Either way, the power phase design is again that has a +3 Virtual phase on it. It's part of the reason why the board is cheaper.

I'm not sure how much it really effects the whole design, but if it was only 5 Phase it wouldn't be able to deliver enough power for a 140watt CPU.
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Trying to fix the quote atm.

edit: Ok fixed quote tab and yeah I was like what only 5. My old as dirt M2N32 SLI Deluxe mobo's are AM2 and they have 8+2 Phase just like it's brother mobo A8N32 SLI Deluxe.
Edited by N2Gaming - 10/10/09 at 11:57am
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Well finally got it put together. Now that I'm not getting interupted every 20 seconds
Here's the link

Also, just for kicks and giggles I put on the stock cooler. it actually does ...somewhat OK. lol.

As for the OC dial, you can actually set it to what the increments are, at least that is what I gathered from the manual.

Setting the GD70 up was a beeze, I like the layout for the most part with the exeption of the FDD port. Although, most people wont even use it. I only have to, to set up RAID in XP.

SO far so good. As for the GD70 itself, I have read some mixed reviews. Some say it was just as good as the DFI, others have put it right up there with the UD5P.

Overall, the board looks very good. The BIOS has lots of features, I haven't even begun to delve into the overclocking options, and there does seem to be quite a bit. Also, the manual was pretty good. Definitely better than what I'm used to. It actually explains stuff (well some of it anyway). However, it didn't really cover RAID. The downloadable one does in fact go deeper in to RAID and whatnot.

The only thing that peeved me about the board, which I would have liked to know before I bought it was that when running CFX with 2 cards, you have to use the 1st and 3rd slots. I would've much rather have been able to use the first 2.


Tator, if you find that more in depth review send it to me too.
Edited by BlackOmega - 10/10/09 at 12:08pm
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Well finally got it put together. Now that I'm not getting interupted every 20 seconds
Here's the link

Also, just for kicks and giggles I put on the stock cooler. it actually does ...somewhat OK. lol.

As for the OC dial, you can actually set it to what the increments are, at last that is what I gathered from the manual.

Setting the GD70 up was a beeze, I like the layout for the most part with the exeption of the FDD port. Although, most people wont even use it. I only have to, to set up RAID in XP.

SO far so good. As for the GD70 itself, I have read some mixed reviews. Some say it was just as good as the DFI, others have put it right up there with the UD5P.

Overall, the board looks very good. The BIOS has lots of features, I haven't even begun to delve into the overclocking options, and there does seem to be quite a bit. Also, the manual was pretty good. Definitely better than what I'm used to. It actually explains stuff (well some of it anyway). However, it didn't really cover RAID. The downloadable one does in fact go deeper in to RAID and whatnot.

The only thing that peeved me about the board, which I would have liked to know before I bought it was that when running CFX with 2 cards, you have to sue the 1st and 3rd slots. I would've much rather have been able to use the first 2.


Tator, if you find that more in depth review send it to me too.
There's like 300 reviews of that board lol

But yeah, the options an manual are good.

Like I said, if you get it, you won't be dissapointed as it's a very solid board. But when you start working back to back with the same setup just changing boards out the Gigabyte really shows it self to be a god among boards.

The MSI has 1 strait lead on the rest of the boards though, Looks & Layout. They only could have been better with a Grey/Black layout.
Not saying that their blue is bad. But I'm just not a blue fan.

I've always like White/Orange/Red/Green.
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Whaaa? Tator Tot Blue is my favorite color.
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Whaaa? Tator Tot Blue is my favorite color.
I like warm colors, not cool colors.

Warm = Red/Orange/Yellow
Cool = Blue/Purple/Green.

Though, it has a bit more discrepancy from that if you really get technical for that.
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There's like 300 reviews of that board lol

But yeah, the options an manual are good.

Like I said, if you get it, you won't be dissapointed as it's a very solid board. But when you start working back to back with the same setup just changing boards out the Gigabyte really shows it self to be a god among boards.

The MSI has 1 strait lead on the rest of the boards though, Looks & Layout. They only could have been better with a Grey/Black layout.
Not saying that their blue is bad. But I'm just not a blue fan.

I've always like White/Orange/Red/Green.
Well the board's already in and running I just have to figure which cooler I'm going to use. Either my lapped BT or my DK, but it looks as though with either of them I'm going to need to devise some sort of mounting as the ram sinks are fairly tall.

Also, what's a good temp monitoring software for the PHII's? I have coretemp but I'm not sure if it works properly with the 45nm chips.
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