MSI lets slip AMD 790FX mobo
RD790 real-world moniker revealed
Motherboard maker MSI has pipped its rivals to the post and unveiled its first chipset based on AMD's as yet unannounced 790FX chipset - better known as the RD790.
MSI's K9A2 Platinum supports Socket AM2 and Socket AM2+ processors, including the upcoming four-core Phenom range of CPUs. Four DIMM slots allow up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR 2 memory in dual-channel configuration to be added.
MSI's K9A2 Platinum: AMD's 790FX chipset on board
The board has a pair of PCI Express x16 slots of CrossFire-connected graphics cards, and two more PCIe x8 slots to allow four x8 graphics cards to be installed, if multi-monitor gaming is your thing. A pair of PCI slots and an PCIe x1 slot complete the board's opportunities for add-ins.
The K9A2 has six 3Gbps SATA slots capable of hosting drives in RAID 0, 1, 5 and 0+1 configurations. There are ten USB 2.0 ports, a pair of Firewire connectors and a single Gigabit Ethernet port.
The chipset's components receive passive cooling from the K9A2's array of heatpipe-connected heatsinks.
MSI didn't say when the K9A2 Premium will go on sale, or how much it's likely to cost.
4th, 5th, 6th?! Touch!!!!
Bah Humbug! If it ain't got FireWire it's not a proper iPod!
So that unfortunatly limits my chooses to the first Three Generations then.
How the heck need a Color Screen and Movies + Wi-Fi on there DAP?!
Turn the thing on and stick it in your Coat Pocket and be done with it...
...Speaking of Coats... Where did I leave mine?!?!
Re: go PCI-E?
**Sory for the doubble post Plese feel free to meld this in w/the last One**
Going PCIe could be an option, IF I WAS NOT LIMITED TO DVB-**T**.
Sadly A DVB-T Tuner would be about as useful to me as a useless thing.
Sadly I'm just a wee bit out of the Signal Rage of DTT Freeview, seeing as I live here in Germany, and have almost no interest in the platform, as I have more of a taste in Pay-TV.
Is Sky really ~that bad?!~ granted I'd take the BBC over most things certainly over the ARD ANYDAY OF THE WEEK!
But, I still think the US Systems' the best model in the World...
Is that chipset/regulator heatpipe passively cooled? I hope there isn't a fan hiding behind that round MSI logo... I've had to replace those things on customer's boards before when they get filled with dust and the bearings go.
Also bear in mind that the latest ones only sync over USB anyway; you can only use Firewire as a fancy charger with a 5th or 6th Gen.
> I'm looking into building a HTPC with 1x 1394a (for the iPod),
As Steve Foster said. It has onboard Firewire, so you won't need one. At worse case, a Sonnet Allegro Express FW400 will probably do fine (what I have in my HTPC, not wanting to waste a PCI slot on the mach).
> 1x DVB-C and 2x DVB-S2 all PCI Cards of course.
Using two Lifeview FlyTV Express X1 MST-STA² and using either one of the remaining two PCI slots for your DVB-C tuner should do nicely (although I admit, I find that Lifeview makes great hardware, but the software's crap as hell). Although I'd either do as most suggest and pick a different motherboard that fits your need, or wait until cablecard comes out (hoping that by then, PCI-e tuner cards will probably be more common in the market).