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Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6  (Source: Gigabyte)

ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi  (Source: ASUS)
Gigabyte and ASUS debut new RD790-based boards.

ASUS and Gigabyte both announced boards based on AMD's 790FX chipset. The AMD 790FX is the successor to AMD's dated 580X chipset and serves as AMD's new primary single and dual-processor platform. The new boards come with support for AMD's latest features, including compatability with AMD's upcoming Quad-Core desktop Phenom processors.

ASUS officially launched its M3A-MVP Deluxe WiFi, which comes with the latest bells and whistles. Highlights of the board include support for HyperTransport 3.0, 8-channel HD Audio, and Crossfire-support.

The most unique feature of the board, though, is its cooling system. Avid overclockers will be please to know that the board's memory slots come fitted with heatsinks that are connected to the central cooling system. The board's entire cooling system is passive, translating to less overall system noise, and is made of copper.

In addition to ASUS, Gigabyte is also releasing its first RD790 board, the Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6 Ultra Durable motherboard.

The board features support for AMD AM2+ Phenom desktop processors along with support for AM2 Athlon 64 processors and HyperTransport 3.0. The board also comes with 4 PCIe 2.0 slots, meaning it support ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology.

Similar to the M3A-MVP, the GA-MA790FX-DQ6 also comes based on a passive cooling system made out of copper, however, it doesn't include cooling for memory. 
Gigabyte will also introduce two slightly cut down version of RD790, the GA-MA790FX-DS5 and the GA-MA780X-DS4.  The GA-MA780X-DS4 will only feature a single PCIe x16 lane.

MSI previously also announced its 790FX-based motherboard. The board supports Triple-Play Technology along with ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology.

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memory cooling
By mdogs444 on 10/26/2007 10:37:04 AM , Rating: 4
I think the memory cooling part LOOKS really nice. Especially through a case window....but if your memory already has heat spreaders (which most do, and removing them voids the warranty), then what good is the memory cooling part?

RE: memory cooling
By Lightning III on 10/26/2007 10:59:07 AM , Rating: 3
naah looks like it will clamp down on eather side of you existing heat spreaders doent extreme overcloccking void the warrenty anyway

RE: memory cooling
By Lightning III on 10/26/2007 11:02:20 AM , Rating: 2
although it does seem like alot of overkill for a 8 watt tdp chipset, I guess it will overclock like a monster

RE: memory cooling
By mdogs444 on 10/26/2007 11:09:41 AM , Rating: 2
No, if it did that, there would no use for it because it would not dissapate heat.

It is meant to tighten down directly on the memory chips themselves to dissapate heat. Its plain to see that.

Who says you have to overclock the memory to use the cooling feature on the board? You would have to remove the heatspreaders just to use the board cooling - regardless if you are OC'ing or not.

RE: memory cooling
By ioKain on 10/26/2007 11:17:32 AM , Rating: 2
Looks a little crowded around the cpu. Might be difficult to get an after-market heatsink in there.

RE: memory cooling
By Screwballl on 10/26/2007 1:15:33 PM , Rating: 2
the board's memory slots come fitted with heatsinks that are connected to the central cooling system.

the problem is that many DDR2/3 sticks already have heatsinks/spreaders on them so I am curious if you will be limited to memory that has open chip faces???

RE: memory cooling
By nitrous9200 on 10/26/2007 4:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't look like they are removable. That's unfortunate considering it is a nice feature if you can use it but it's in the way if you can't.

Memory Cooling ?
By rgsaunders on 10/26/2007 12:27:03 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the lack of objective testing on memory heatsinks this appears to be just another marketing tool. I have only seen one website test the efficiency of memory heatsinks on standard ATX boards, and that test indicated that the heatsinks actually caused the memory to run hotter. Its time for Anandtech or some other reputable site to do a definitive test on the cooling efficiency of memory heatsinks on the popular brands to see which if any really do anything besides add bling to the product and raise the price. I suspect most people would be better served by increased airflow over the memory instead of these cosmetic heatsinks.

RE: Memory Cooling ?
By Canizorro on 10/26/2007 1:36:55 PM , Rating: 3
That was the problem with the memory I bought from OCZ. I bought some platinum DDR memory kits that filled up all four memory bank slots. I couldn't get it to run and after calling the tech support they stated it was designed to run only on two slots because the heat sinks needed room for airflow. So I decided to remove two of the heat sinks and left the other two on. That got my system running, but it was still freezing up during game play when at full load. So I removed the other two heat sinks and tada!, system ran fine afterwards. Can't overclock it any either. :(

Phenom numbers?
By gramboh on 10/26/2007 1:16:58 PM , Rating: 2
Why aren't there benchmarks of the Phenom out yet? I can find some server benchmarks on the Opteron part but that is it. I'm curious to know if it will compete with Penryn at all. I hope it does, for the sake of competition.

RE: Phenom numbers?
By Le Québécois on 10/26/2007 3:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
That's because the Phenom has yet to launch...

Fusion Block System
By ACEkombatkiwi on 10/26/2007 10:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think that they should have applied the fusion water cooling option on the ASUS mobo hopefully they will do that on the ROG edition would be alot better at cooling all those parts instead of just relying on air itself

differences between nForce and RD790
By Xajel on 10/27/2007 4:34:57 AM , Rating: 2
I already own ASUS M2N32-SLI Delxue WiFi, and I very like the features that nForce 590 SLI chipsets hides, some of them RD790 doesn't have

so I wonder what nVIDIA will have for AM2+ and what ASUS will bring to it, it may be M3N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi...

BTW, I like the RAM cooling idea, this is cooool :D
but I always wondered how can we install water cooling on these mobos ( cooling the chipsets too ) !!

I'm always thinking about what can AM2+ mobos give to AM2+ CPU's in performance comparing to AM2 mobos.
so if I have a Phenom 9xxx CPU on my M2N32-SLI, will it will be worth to go for AM2+ mobo. is the performance difference will worth the money ?

InStock!! 11/08/07
By ComfyNumb on 11/8/2007 4:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
GA-MA790FX-DQ6 in stock at newegg!!

No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By Mitch101 on 10/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By GreenEnvt on 10/26/2007 12:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
Um, boards without integrated video don't have any video out ports. Hence the lack of video out ports on these boards.

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By sviola on 10/26/2007 12:14:49 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think it has on-board video.

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By Mitch101 on 10/26/2007 12:26:16 PM , Rating: 1
Didnt anyone notice the HDMI port before voting down my post?

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By Myrandex on 10/26/2007 12:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
I believe that you are referring to the ESATA port under the firewire port??

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By Mitch101 on 10/26/2007 1:06:13 PM , Rating: 1
You sure? That looks like an HDMI port to me. If so thats has to be the first time I have seen that on a motherboard.

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By calyth on 10/26/2007 1:16:05 PM , Rating: 2
If that's the first time you've seen a eSATA port on a motherboard, you should go read more reviews.

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By Mitch101 on 10/26/2007 2:19:56 PM , Rating: 1
I have to admit it is the first time I have seen one. Seems like a waste since USB is perfectly fine and has been on nearly every motherboard since. What would the benefit be?

If I get a eSATA device its not like I can take it to a friends house but a USB drive I can.

By Le Québécois on 10/26/2007 3:39:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it's a little bit like "The chicken or the egg?"...

You have to begin somewhere. The more motherboard comes with eSATA, the more people will use it. Yes, USB is ok, but eSATA is even better and don't need any "bridges" in the external drive enclosure, you just need a adapter.

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By robber98 on 10/27/2007 12:28:09 AM , Rating: 2
Many eSata enclosure come with USB 2.0 port.

RE: No more VGA/DVI ports EVER!
By bdewong on 10/26/2007 1:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
This thread just made my morning.

Thanks. :)

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