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MSI announces its first RD790-based board

MSI today announced its K9A2 Platinum Motherboard based on AMD’s RD790 chipset, officially dubbed the 790FX. The 790FX serves as AMD’s primary single and dual-processor platform and replaces AMD’s antiquated 580X chipset. The new MSI board comes with support for a host of new features, including support for AMD quad-core processors and Crossfire X.

The K9A2 Platinum supports all AM2+ processors, which means it will work with AMD’s upcoming Phenom quad-core, tri-core and dual-core desktop processors. Existing AM2 processors are also supported by the newest board BIOS.

The 790FX also brings 41 PCIe 2.0 lanes to AMD’s AM2+ platform, allowing manufacturers flexibility in the number of PCIe slots integrated on the board. The K9A2 comes with four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and supports AMD’s Triple-Play Technology. In addition, MSI goes a step further by offering Quad Crossfire capability on the mainboard. 

As of right now, AMD has not officially launched Triple-Play technology. MSI indicates, however, the official debut should take place soon. AMD guidance claims ATI RV670, Phenom and RD790 will simultaneously launch together next month.


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AM2+
By Visual on 10/10/2007 6:27:56 AM , Rating: 2
so is the socket fully am2+ on this board? meaning it supports all the new features of the am2+ chips?
hypertransport 3, with all its features? higher, independent, reconfigurable clockspeeds, power management, etc?
independent power planes for each cpu core and all that?

what is the price and when will it be available?
got any words on dual-socket boards coming too?




RE: AM2+
By dm0r on 10/10/2007 7:53:02 AM , Rating: 2
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The K9A2 Platinum supports all AM2+ processors, which means it will work with AMD’s upcoming Phenom quad-core, tri-core and dual-core desktop processors. Existing AM2 processors are also supported by the newest board BIOS.


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RE: AM2+
By Visual on 10/10/2007 8:25:55 AM , Rating: 2
That is not an answer - yes, AM2+ processors are supported, meaning they will work at least basically. But are all their features supported?
Even a lot of current AM2 boards will "support" the new AM2+ chips after a bios update, just not with all the bells and whistles. This is why I am asking.


RE: AM2+
By murphyslabrat on 10/10/2007 12:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it will support all of the features. This chipset, RD790FX, is the flagship socket AM2+ chipset. Undoubtedly, it will support all of the new features, ?assuming that the bios supports it?


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