MSI 990XA-GD55 reviews

15 customer reviews

+ This motherboard has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on how easy to set-up.

£95 at 1 retailer out of 409 retailers checked

8.2 out of 10 based on 15 reviews.
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lex, huntly semi- hardcore gamer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
high quality components, easy to install, comprehensive driver and software package, overclocking at a push of a button, unlocks the potential of your cpu in seconds. for the more serious overclocker the mouse activated bios has every setting you need at your finger tips and an exterior bios reset button and automatic retest on start-up for when u push to far. This sli/xfire capable board performs extremely well when pushed and holds voltages well above standard like a rock.
Bad points:
no connection for additional usb3
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Aug 2012

Anthony, Sheffield

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I only buy MSI's mobos as they tend to be stable and offer performance at a reasonable price point.
Bad points:
I've installed 12Gb of RAM on the mobo but windows is only detecting 8Gb. Yes they're in the correct slots, yes the memory is on the supported list and yes ive got 64-bit windows. It should work straight away why do I have to mess about swapping RAM slots to test the RAM looking on forums ect. maybe its windows maybe its the ram or mobo but it's about time these companies collaberated and sorted it out.
Overall rating 9.0
Design 7.0
Compatibility 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Dec 2012

bob, Birmingham lol

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
USB 3.0!
Bad points:
only support for 95w cpu
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 9.0
Features 8.0
Compatibility 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Mar 2013

Niall, overclocker

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Relatively low cost
Clean board layout
Full AM3+ Compatibility
Bad points:
Poor overclocking on Zambezi cores
Buggy bios - Overclocking Northbridge / reference clock causes bios to lock up, meaning a reflash of bios to fix it.
Overall rating 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jun 2012


Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have got the board to upgrade from an 870 chipset. Super easy to install and very easy on my eye. The reviews don't point that but it came with UEFI bios which made a nice surprise. Overall it has boosted overall stability and performance of my system noticeably.
Bad points:
Could have been cheaper however i find myself far from regrets :-)
Overall rating 9.0
Design 10.0
Compatibility 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2013

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Manufacturer's Description

The perfect trinity of quality, stability and efficiency all exist at one mainboard to meet end user expectations.
The MSI Military Class II series products provide the long lifespan, unparalleled quality, extreme performance and ultimate efficiency. OC Genie II, the most powerful and easy overclocking technology is implemented on MSI’s AMD 9-Series mainboards.
MSI’s OC Genie II completely automates advanced overclocking functions and offers up to 248% higher performance with the simple click of a button. It does not matter if you’re a first time hardware owner, or a veteran overclocker, activating MSI OC Genie II will unlock your hidden CPU cores, overclock your CPU and your memory to simply give you the best and stable performance for free on MSI AMD 9-Series mainboard available.
SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a mainboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a mainboard with two PCI-Express 16x graphics slots and two matching GeForce graphics cards which are SLI Ready. Most NVIDIA’s PCI-Express graphics cards starting from the 6600 GPU can enjoy the benefits of SLI. AMD CrossFire is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFire technology allows you to expand your system’s graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system’s graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFire gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience. SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your mainboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It’s also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to to break the existing bottleneck of a PC’s performance.

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