- By Shi Xiao Min @Aug 02, 2013
OC Genie II – Overclock & Unlock CPU Core in 1 Second
OC Genie II, the most powerful and easy overclocking technology is implemented on MSI's AMD 9-Series motherboards. 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 motherboard available.
Benefits: - Automatically overclock & unlock hidden CPU core(s) in 1 second - Instantly boost system performance up to 248%
World's 1st UEFI and software graphical user interface
MSI Click BIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.
Benefits - Graphical User Interface, with touchscreen support - Simply click or touch and move to change settings - Full system control, including overclocking, security and information
All Solid Capacitors
Capacitors are the most important component for electronic product's power supply. The quality of the capacitors can impact the stability of the entire system and risk of product failure. Currently there are two types of capacitors, electrolytic capacitors and solid capacitors. Compared to electrolytic capacitors, solid capacitors have a longer lifespan, and provide a more stable power under high temperatures. More importantly, solid capacitors do not have any liquid materials inside, and thus will not suffer a leak which would infringe upon the product’s stability. With such benefits is it no wonder that solid capacitors are very important for product quality's improvement.
APS (Active Phase Switching)
Active Phase Switching, APS, technology is an intelligent design that helps to save energy on MSI’s motherboards. The underlying idea is to switch off the power supply as soon as no electricity is needed, and when the system needs more resources again, APS will automatically adjust electricity supply accordingly. APS will automatically detect your processor’s loading at any given time and save energy accordingly. This is only possible by means of a very advanced power controlling technology. Other than software-based solutions, APS technology stands out from MSI's own research. The specially developed IC chip can operate automatically depending on the demands of the power supply, which is to reduce the total power usage.
SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a motherboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a motherboard 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-dominatig 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.
Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio
Onboard PC audio gets better! MSI is the first to implement the most high-end HD Audio codecs available. Don’t be fooled by other inferior audio solutions onboard (sometimes you can’t even find the driver!) Only MSI offers the Loss-less 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio function with an incredible 109 SNR dB value to provide the most clear & vivid HD audio quality and support 7.1 channels surround sound playback with a 2-channel independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel 3.5 inch phone jack.
Mobile consumer appliances are getting more and more attention in current day fast moving life style, with smart phones and tablets almost becoming a fashion accessory. However, many ordinary personal computers cannot charge some of these devices, making it difficult to stay connected. The MSI Super Charger is a Windows resident program capable of revising the power supply mode of your USB port to become more powerful. Once your phone or tablet is connected to your USB port, the Super Charger sends a signal to initiate its charging circuit, making it a really smart and convenient charging solution for mobile computing needs.
Note: Only front red USB ports support charger function after system off
Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.
Features - 10X Faster Than USB 2.0 - Up to 5Gb/s Data Transfer Bandwidth - Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices
SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard 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.
Features - 2X Faster Than SATA 3Gb/s - Up to 6Gb/s Data Transfer Bandwidth - Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs
3TB+ Infinity is not only breaking through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhancing the utilization of hard drives efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology can use the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.
Features - All the latest 3TB hard drivers on the market can be supported - Make the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system
Live update 5
MSI Live update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.
Features - Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility update - Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit
Compared to common motherboard which need extra BIOS chips, MSI’s M-Flash has a double advantage which doesn’t need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.
Features - Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk - Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process - Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process
Winki 3 is a free Linux-based O/S which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.
Features - User friendly & totally free applications - Power on to run applications in 25 seconds - Multi-language interface support
AMD Cool'n'Quiet™ Technology reduces heat and noise so you can experience amazing performance without distraction. Combined with core enhancements, included in the AMD processors, that can improve overall power savings, deliver better multitasking and energy efficiency. Cool'n'Quiet technology can automatically adjust processor ratio to throttle CPU speed with four modes.
Features - Independent Dynamic Core Technology - Dual Dynamic Power Management™ - AMD CoolCore™ Technology - AMD Wideband Frequency Control - Multi-Point Thermal Control
- by Shi Xiao Min @Aug 02, 2013
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I purchased this based on reviews. I'm running an FX-8320 e 4GHz on it and a single r9 280X. It works well enough but I wish I had purchased something a bit more expensive (like an Asus). Since I am running an MSI video card I decided to go with the MSI board as well since they have some tools that take advantage of having a matching setup. I haven't really benefitted from it though.
Many reviews complain about the two sata ports being unusable when the second video card is installed. Not true, you simply have to use the "angled" ends of the sata cables and let the cables run under the graphic card to your sata drives so they are usable.
You will lose one of the PCI-E1 sockets when the second graphic card is installed.
Great board though I'm new to the whole "tech" world am very happy with it. My only suggestion ( to save you a headache) is that you go into the bios and turn smart fan on if you want the mobo to do the cpu fan control on its own because without smart fan enabled the cpu fan will spin at 100% all the time resulting in a lot of noise (for the stock a least though am going to upgrade soon)
My cpu heatsink brackets were too short, or the cpu brackets on mobo were too short, one of the two. Since Im not sure which component is the problematic one, Im giving this a 4 out of 5, but the product is just fine. You just may have to loosen off the cpu brackets for the heatsink a little bit so as to raise the brackets. The installation still went just fine but is somewhat suboptimal because of the bracket issue.
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