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November 28, 2012 7:44:18 PM

I currently have an older MSI 760GM-P35 and I've been happy with the quality of MSI thus far. But, now I want a newer FX chip as well as being able to run an SLI set up, gobs of RAM, USB 3.0, and obviously as much bells and whistles I get for sub $200. Newegg has this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 990FXA-GD80V2 that looks like it would be a good deal, but I've been reading that there's a cap on CPU voltage?


Anyone running this board? You like it? Plenty of BIOS options? Can you tell me which FX chip (not interested in Phenom) you are running and what your highest stable OC is? I'm still debating on which chip to get, but it'll either be the 6 core AMD FX-6300 Vishera, OR the 8 core AMD FX-8320 Vishera. I like having the option to OC as far as it'll go and still be stable, so a voltage cap might be a deal breaker for me if it severely limits how far it'll allow for OC.


I did notice that the 6 core Vishera is only 95 watt, while the 8 core is 125 watt. Does that mean in theory the 95 watt 6300 could OC higher as there is less of a power demand? I'll probably lean towards the 6 core as it should be PLENTY for the next couple years of gaming and anything else for that matter.

Hopefully some of you speak up as I'd like to buy this soon, thanks!

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November 28, 2012 8:41:57 PM

Why are you going AMD?
I think its a bit obvious that you have the money for something more, like intel.
Well, I wouldn't worry about the CPU Voltage cap, if there is one its set pretty high, it is there to protect your CPU so it doesn't short out when you feel adventurous with overclocking, (Atleast thats what I believe a CPU Voltage cap does).
Those are PCI 2.0 Slots, I recommend 3.0 slots, because thats what the next, and most current generation cards, are at right now, the cards are backwards compatible, but you will get a speed increase with 3.0 slots.
You said you want the most bells and whistles on it you can get, I recommend more USB 3.0 slots, and less 2.0 slots, because again, you just want more bells and whistles.

Anyway, tell me if you want to go intel, I'll whip up something good for you.
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November 28, 2012 9:23:16 PM

I'm sticking with AMD atm. Is the PCIe 3.0 speed gains noticeable with what's currently available? What's a good AMD board right now? Would like to stick with MSI, but open to good brands with redundant BIOS to avoid bad flashes.
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November 28, 2012 10:16:08 PM

Looks like I'm just going to go with a 990FXA-GD80V2 as it seems to be the best offering for AMD chipsets from MSI as I can't seem to find anything better on MSI's site. At this point, everything I currently have will be a direct fit and it'll definitely be a better board than I currently have. 3.0 USB would only be needed by me for a USB stick transfer (rarely use) and possibly a game pad. If after swapping, upgrading to FX 6300 , OC, SLI, it's a complete dog, I'll consider selling and going the Intel route. Apparently the PCI 3.0 stuff is only available for Intel chips and there's only like 1 video card that's 3.0, so would rather wait for the technology to be more mainstream before worrying about it.
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November 28, 2012 10:40:54 PM

I have similar Q should I go with MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 or GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX. what is better? I bout a wrong motherboard which is 970-ds3 rev 1.1. for my AMD fx-8350 :( .
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November 29, 2012 4:10:33 PM

mohammed_43 said:
I have similar Q should I go with MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 or GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX. what is better? I bout a wrong motherboard which is 970-ds3 rev 1.1. for my AMD fx-8350 :( .



After looking at the specs for the Gigabyte board, I'd go with the MSI board as it has the faster PCIe 2.0 whereas the Gigabyte apparently only offers normal PCIe slots. We don't have the PCIe 3.0 yet like the Intel guys for AMD stuff, so 2.0 is the best for us. Also, that Gigabyte board has 3 USB 3.0 but apparently the rest of the USB connectors are normal USB (not even lucky enough to have USB 2.0). Spend a couple $$ more and get something a little better.
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January 26, 2013 2:46:08 PM

I have a question about the BIOS offered on the 990fx gd80v2
I am looking to upgrade but i want to make sure it is running the uefi bios and not still using efi... most of their other boards say they are running click bios but this one doesnt make note of it anywhere.
ive had problems in the past with bad bios
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March 24, 2013 6:22:27 AM

Well, I finally bought the 990FXA-GD80v2 and 8350. Had to install Win 7's service pack 1 in order to install both KB2645594 (install that one 1st) and KB2646060 hot fixes which are needed to get 8350 up to speed. As a bonus, everything in Win 7's benchmark went up a solid point except the HD at stock speeds. Even my old GTX 550Ti went up to a 7.4 at stock clocks. RAM went from 7.7 to 7.8, CPU went to 7.8 as well. Both RAM and GPU were a solid point lower before the hot fixes AND with the previous board and CPU.

Huge improvement with FPS in games like BO2, AC3, etc. I can now up everything with BO2 and run a constant 60+ FPS. With the old Athlon II x2 250 @ 3.9Ghz, this was NOT possible and that cpu was pegged hard causing in-game issues. I also like to play PCSX2 (PS2 emulator) but found certain games were almost unplayable with low fps (60 fps in PS2 emulator is vital as the game speed itself will actually slow down if lower than 60 fps) like MGS2, Ratchet and Clank, MX vs. ATV Unleashed, etc. At stock speeds, the FX 8350 finally allows me to play these and then some at solid 60 fps (some games aren't affected by the cpu, and PCSX2 needs bugs worked out or better coding). Very pleased with it. Was seriously going to get a 3770k but decided I'd give this a try instead, and absolutely no complaints with the actual 8350. Cinebench @4.8Ghz showed a 1.25 individual core score which is 5 points BETTER than an Intel Xeon W5590 @3.33Ghz (8 core, 16 thread). It also scored an 8.09 with all cores running, (Intel Xeon was 11.69- more cores/threads) which beat the 12 core Opteron's 7.95, and obliterates the older i7 960's (3.20Ghz) 5.48 score.

Trouble didn't rear it's ugly head until I tried OCing. Apparently the "11.13" bios the board shipped with is NERFED @ 1.42 volt for the cpu, which means 4.5Ghz is about the highest overclock you'll see and be stable enough to pass any stress tests, especially Prime. I did get it to boot and load Win 7 @4.8Ghz. Was even able to run Cinebench, 3DMark, play BO2, etc. but Prime crashed the system as soon as I tried it, so not exactly stable when all threads are getting maxed 100%. (might be a work around by dropping a core and trying as a 6 core if you just want speed as it won't consume as much power) Apparently there's an issue with the board itself, and MSI's response is to just nerf it. Board has been out for awhile now, and I've found virtually no info on this. Extremely disappointed with this. Had I known, I would have bought an Asus or Gigabyte equivalent and be rocking a 5Ghz+, but instead I get a nerfed board and 4.5 stable. Only thing that's favorable (trying to find a silver lining with this nerfed board) is I can easily boot to the EFI bios (everything is clickable with a mouse, finally out of the dark ages) and select an OC save state from the OC profile, load it and go. Meaning it's super easy to run stock everything for web browsing, watching movies (which I do a lot of on PC) listening to music, visit forums, etc. without worrying about how hot everything is or much power is being wasted from running it at a constant speed. Also a bonus is the lifespan of the cpu isn't diminished so much. Then, when planning on doing some serious gaming, just pull up an OC save state, load it and go. Another issue was the 11.13 bios is only available for download if you visit the link for the non "v2" version of the board. When checking for bios updates on the "v2" downloads, it starts with 11.0, then 11.1, 11.2, etc. stopping at 11.9, which makes it look like the "11.13" it shipped with seem as though it's an older off-shoot of the "11.1" bios. Whomever is in charge at MSI needs a smacking for allowing this, as well as offering 2 identical boards with different "v" numbers when they're apparently the same and not offering all the same bios updates evenly between them. I complained in MSI's forum and the mod was a true jerk about it, even go so far as deleting some of my complaint so others couldn't read it. They also pulled the link for the "v2" boards after complaining last night. (I was only able to still find the "v2" links by manually adding the address in the address bar as there was no way to find the page otherwise. Really shady if you ask me if that's the length they'll go through to hide something.

If you're looking for a decent cpu that handles games VERY well, and don't want to invest the extra $$$ for an Intel, this will do the job and then some, even with a weaker gpu. Was actually going to get a 670 or something but after the huge improvement in fps, I realize just how much the old cpu was holding the rig back, not the gpu. If you have your mind set on OCing an 8350 beyond 4.5Ghz, avoid this board. You *can* try and flash an older bios before the nerfing took place, but you'll run the risk of damaging your cpu or equally as bad bricking the board if the flash doesn't take.
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December 12, 2014 4:07:51 PM

BobCharlie said:
Well, I finally bought the 990FXA-GD80v2 and 8350. Had to install Win 7's service pack 1 in order to install both KB2645594 (install that one 1st) and KB2646060 hot fixes which are needed to get 8350 up to speed. As a bonus, everything in Win 7's benchmark went up a solid point except the HD at stock speeds. Even my old GTX 550Ti went up to a 7.4 at stock clocks. RAM went from 7.7 to 7.8, CPU went to 7.8 as well. Both RAM and GPU were a solid point lower before the hot fixes AND with the previous board and CPU.

Huge improvement with FPS in games like BO2, AC3, etc. I can now up everything with BO2 and run a constant 60+ FPS. With the old Athlon II x2 250 @ 3.9Ghz, this was NOT possible and that cpu was pegged hard causing in-game issues. I also like to play PCSX2 (PS2 emulator) but found certain games were almost unplayable with low fps (60 fps in PS2 emulator is vital as the game speed itself will actually slow down if lower than 60 fps) like MGS2, Ratchet and Clank, MX vs. ATV Unleashed, etc. At stock speeds, the FX 8350 finally allows me to play these and then some at solid 60 fps (some games aren't affected by the cpu, and PCSX2 needs bugs worked out or better coding). Very pleased with it. Was seriously going to get a 3770k but decided I'd give this a try instead, and absolutely no complaints with the actual 8350. Cinebench @4.8Ghz showed a 1.25 individual core score which is 5 points BETTER than an Intel Xeon W5590 @3.33Ghz (8 core, 16 thread). It also scored an 8.09 with all cores running, (Intel Xeon was 11.69- more cores/threads) which beat the 12 core Opteron's 7.95, and obliterates the older i7 960's (3.20Ghz) 5.48 score.

Trouble didn't rear it's ugly head until I tried OCing. Apparently the "11.13" bios the board shipped with is NERFED @ 1.42 volt for the cpu, which means 4.5Ghz is about the highest overclock you'll see and be stable enough to pass any stress tests, especially Prime. I did get it to boot and load Win 7 @4.8Ghz. Was even able to run Cinebench, 3DMark, play BO2, etc. but Prime crashed the system as soon as I tried it, so not exactly stable when all threads are getting maxed 100%. (might be a work around by dropping a core and trying as a 6 core if you just want speed as it won't consume as much power) Apparently there's an issue with the board itself, and MSI's response is to just nerf it. Board has been out for awhile now, and I've found virtually no info on this. Extremely disappointed with this. Had I known, I would have bought an Asus or Gigabyte equivalent and be rocking a 5Ghz+, but instead I get a nerfed board and 4.5 stable. Only thing that's favorable (trying to find a silver lining with this nerfed board) is I can easily boot to the EFI bios (everything is clickable with a mouse, finally out of the dark ages) and select an OC save state from the OC profile, load it and go. Meaning it's super easy to run stock everything for web browsing, watching movies (which I do a lot of on PC) listening to music, visit forums, etc. without worrying about how hot everything is or much power is being wasted from running it at a constant speed. Also a bonus is the lifespan of the cpu isn't diminished so much. Then, when planning on doing some serious gaming, just pull up an OC save state, load it and go. Another issue was the 11.13 bios is only available for download if you visit the link for the non "v2" version of the board. When checking for bios updates on the "v2" downloads, it starts with 11.0, then 11.1, 11.2, etc. stopping at 11.9, which makes it look like the "11.13" it shipped with seem as though it's an older off-shoot of the "11.1" bios. Whomever is in charge at MSI needs a smacking for allowing this, as well as offering 2 identical boards with different "v" numbers when they're apparently the same and not offering all the same bios updates evenly between them. I complained in MSI's forum and the mod was a true jerk about it, even go so far as deleting some of my complaint so others couldn't read it. They also pulled the link for the "v2" boards after complaining last night. (I was only able to still find the "v2" links by manually adding the address in the address bar as there was no way to find the page otherwise. Really shady if you ask me if that's the length they'll go through to hide something.

If you're looking for a decent cpu that handles games VERY well, and don't want to invest the extra $$$ for an Intel, this will do the job and then some, even with a weaker gpu. Was actually going to get a 670 or something but after the huge improvement in fps, I realize just how much the old cpu was holding the rig back, not the gpu. If you have your mind set on OCing an 8350 beyond 4.5Ghz, avoid this board. You *can* try and flash an older bios before the nerfing took place, but you'll run the risk of damaging your cpu or equally as bad bricking the board if the flash doesn't take.



I know this post is well dead but after seeing your complaints about the voltage limits I couldn't help but post. All you need to do is power off your PC, hit the clear CMOS button on the I/O panel. After that you will enter the overclocking menu and it unlocks the CPU voltage. With the Vdroop on this MB when the CPU is under load, I confidently got to 1.5v or even slightly higher.

Note that after you go out of the BIOS from the clear CMOS, next time you enter the bios the voltage will be capped again. All you need to do to work around this is save the profiles with any voltage over the capped limit and it will stay uncapped. Every time you enter the OC menu in the BIOS it will reset it to the 1.45v or whatever it is but the options to go to higher voltage will still be there.

Before I figured this out I could only get a stable 4.5GHz OC, now I have a stable 4.8GHz OC with air cooling and now heat issues what so ever.

Im guessing you may have figured this by now but thought I would throw this in there for shits and giggles
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December 13, 2014 1:41:59 AM

Loose Goose said:

I know this post is well dead but after seeing your complaints about the voltage limits I couldn't help but post. All you need to do is power off your PC, hit the clear CMOS button on the I/O panel. After that you will enter the overclocking menu and it unlocks the CPU voltage. With the Vdroop on this MB when the CPU is under load, I confidently got to 1.5v or even slightly higher.

Note that after you go out of the BIOS from the clear CMOS, next time you enter the bios the voltage will be capped again. All you need to do to work around this is save the profiles with any voltage over the capped limit and it will stay uncapped. Every time you enter the OC menu in the BIOS it will reset it to the 1.45v or whatever it is but the options to go to higher voltage will still be there.

Before I figured this out I could only get a stable 4.5GHz OC, now I have a stable 4.8GHz OC with air cooling and now heat issues what so ever.

Im guessing you may have figured this by now but thought I would throw this in there for shits and giggles



I never figured that out as I never messed with the onboard buttons and never needed to clear CMOS that way. The best I ever I got was a 4.8, but it wasn't stable. 4.5ghz was stable, but I had to make too many sacrifices with RAM timing, etc. Settled with 4.4ghz, which allowed the RAM sticks to remain at stock settings IIRC, and didn't have to make sacrifices to keep it 100% stable. Never bothered stress testing as it obviously posts and every game has played w/o issues, and for the rare time when all cores are running near max, it's yet to crash or BSOD, so just settled with that as it wasn't worth the headache of getting a new board for a slight number bump. I did however, manage to get 5ghz but it took deactivating some threads/cores and wasn't worth the effort to keep it stable with less cores/threads. IF the board actually offered deactivating the threads independently of the cores, I might have tried harder to run it as a true 4 core or something.

Thanks for the tips on clear CMOS. I'll have to try this soon and see where it ends up as even getting a 4.9 over a 4.4 should help a little bit. Never bothered to update the bios from whatever it shipped with, and have yet to run into any issues with that either, other than the sometimes buggy interface which makes you wonder how that got past QA. And the fact they forced a point of no return with the BIOS revisions wasn't very reassuring. I was just really irritated after buying this as early buyers were hitting 5ghz with relative ease which was a draw for me over a more expensive Intel, then MSI silently slipped in a capped bios that made it impossible to even get close to what others were getting, and it was apparently a design flaw they were hoping people wouldn't notice. Anyways, thanks again and I'll have to give it a try
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February 10, 2015 7:38:14 AM

I finally got around to trying this, and it's not working? Verbatim, I shut the PC off, pressed the CMOS button on the rear, booted it up, went into the BIOS, tried adjusting the "CPU Voltage" but it still won't go beyond 1.449v (think that's the number). I tried using the space bar as well as the " + " key as both will increment the voltage values from the main list. It'll hit the cap like usual then roll over. I also tried double-clicking the voltage header to open the secondary box with the voltage values, and they only go to the capped voltage there as well. There aren't any grayed out values either. I also tried to see if it'd allow inputting actual values via the number keys but it won't accept that at all.

Did you possibly leave a step out in your instructions? Which BIOS version are running?


Anyone else running a 990FXA-GD80v2 and found a way to raise the voltage like Loose Goose stated above? I'd really like to see this thing finally hit 5ghz just to see how much of a difference there might be between the mild OC it's basically stuck at. If the board had a built-in back up BIOS (think board companies should make that MANDATORY) I'd consider trying an earlier BIOS from before the cap.....
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February 10, 2015 1:15:28 PM

From what I can guess, mine must be patched as the CMOS clear apparently works for others.


Took forever, but finally found a link mentioning "Control Center" as a viable way to increase the voltage past the cap. Surprisingly, there was very little about it on google. MSI's most current version was of course CAPPED. After realizing it was offered on the factory disc, dug mine out and it was an older issue. Went ahead and loaded and it'll go up to 1.9v LOL. Go figure. Oddly enough "CLICKBIOS II" wouldn't let you save those values and the older one from the disc was uncapped as well, but wouldn't let you save or change anything.


Anyways, for anyone stumbling on this in the future, I suggest upping the FSB to 4.5Ghz, within the actual BIOS as well as picking around 1.424v for the CPU as this leaves everything else alone (YMMV so make other adjustments as needed), try and find at least "MSI Control Center" v2.5.036 (if you open a factory disc as a file and NOT click run, find the utilities folder, then find the folder Control Center II and it should be there) and don't even mess with CLICKBIOS. Run the Control Center .exe from the disc and it'll ask if you want to install it. Send to default location. Once it's running, it'll ask if you want to update to most recent version, click NO. You can now break the 5ghz barrier ;)  I suggest 4.5ghz within the BIOS as it's easily stable assuming your RAM isn't finicky and you start getting BSOD. Once at 4.5ghz, it's easier to bump the voltage and FSB a few numbers in Control Center and you are there. Managed to get a 5099.72 MHz @40c LOL.
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February 19, 2015 12:52:00 AM

BobCharlie said:
From what I can guess, mine must be patched as the CMOS clear apparently works for others.


Took forever, but finally found a link mentioning "Control Center" as a viable way to increase the voltage past the cap. Surprisingly, there was very little about it on google. MSI's most current version was of course CAPPED. After realizing it was offered on the factory disc, dug mine out and it was an older issue. Went ahead and loaded and it'll go up to 1.9v LOL. Go figure. Oddly enough "CLICKBIOS II" wouldn't let you save those values and the older one from the disc was uncapped as well, but wouldn't let you save or change anything.


Anyways, for anyone stumbling on this in the future, I suggest upping the FSB to 4.5Ghz, within the actual BIOS as well as picking around 1.424v for the CPU as this leaves everything else alone (YMMV so make other adjustments as needed), try and find at least "MSI Control Center" v2.5.036 (if you open a factory disc as a file and NOT click run, find the utilities folder, then find the folder Control Center II and it should be there) and don't even mess with CLICKBIOS. Run the Control Center .exe from the disc and it'll ask if you want to install it. Send to default location. Once it's running, it'll ask if you want to update to most recent version, click NO. You can now break the 5ghz barrier ;)  I suggest 4.5ghz within the BIOS as it's easily stable assuming your RAM isn't finicky and you start getting BSOD. Once at 4.5ghz, it's easier to bump the voltage and FSB a few numbers in Control Center and you are there. Managed to get a 5099.72 MHz @40c LOL.


Dear BobCharlie, when you stated ":I suggest upping the FSB to 4.5Ghz, within the actual BIOS as well as picking around 1.424v for the CPU as " did you mean overclock using the bus speed and NOT the multiplier? I got this board as an RMA upgrade from the pitiful 970a, mixed with a used 8320, and am hitting 4.5 GHZ @ 1.435 v. Havent tried much more, mixed with a free corsair h110, this has been the best cheap computer i have owned.

Issue* I just got another msi 7970 boost and tried crossfire. Can get the 3rd PCI slot to recognize card? Fans spin, but nothing in windows. swapped card in slots, reseated... kind of lost now.
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