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Thread: New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview




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    Default New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview

    In the recent time, AMD launched new Phenom with native quad core CPU design.
    Of course, chipset will also comes faster to support new generation CPU.
    This time AMDís new chipset called AMD 790FX, keep the naming rule from ATI.
    I think itís still designed by ATI, still use old SB600 south-bridge chip.
    Hope AMD can use new SB700 chipset to enhance.


    MSI did good job to make AMD 790 chipset motherboards early to the market.
    They have K9A2 Platinum with 790FX chipset as high-end, and K9A2 CF with 790X chipset as mainstream.
    This time we present K9A2 Platinum, letís take a look on packing design.


    Inside stuff
    Menu, XP/VISTA deiver.
    Cables
    USB/Debug light, 1394 port.
    2x CrossFire bridge.


    MSI K9A2 Platinum board



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    Default Re: New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview

    Left down side
    2x PCI-E x16 (Run x16 + x16 when CrossFire.)
    2x PCI-E x8 (Support newest CrossFire technology, install 4 VGA will run by x8+x8+x8+x8)
    1x PCI-E x1
    2x PCI
    Realtek ALC888 audio chip, 8 channel audio.


    Down right down side
    4X SATAII,RAID 0, 1, 0+1 mode (SB600)
    2X SATAII,RAID 0, 1, 0+1 mode (Promise T3)


    Up right side
    24PIN power input
    4DIMM DDR2, support DDR2 400/533/667/800/1066 on Phenom, DDR2 400/533/667/800 on AM2.


    Up left side
    5 phase PWM
    Support AM2/AM2+ CPU

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    IO port
    2X eSATA(PromiseR T3)
    1X 1394
    4X USB 2.0
    1X optical fibre , SPDIF


    Sink design.


    North bridge.


    South bridge.

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    Default Re: New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview

    Boot up screen.


    Cell Menu


    CPU Voltage 1.219~1.468V(with Phenom9600)
    Memory Voltage 1.80~2.10V
    1.80~2.10v stepping 0.05v,2.10~3.10V stepping 0.1V
    NB Voltage1.125V~1.525V
    Hypertransport Voltage 1.175~1.525V


    AM2+ HT Ratio

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    Phenom memory ratio.


    DRAM configuration.


    MSI new product feature on BIOS Ė BIOS file saving, 2 set.

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    Default Re: New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview

    Test platform setup.
    CPU:AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+/AMD Phenom 9600
    MB: MSI K9A2 Platinum
    DRAM:CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
    VGA:MSI NX8800GT-T2D256E
    HD:Seagate 7200.10 320G
    POWER:POWER:Corsair HX520W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:Thermaltake V1


    First we take a look on Athlon 6400+ test
    CPU OC 3520Mhz,Super PI 1M/CPUMARK99


    DRAM present
    Dual SP2004 Blend test full loading.
    DDRII 1066 CL5 5-5-18 1.95V


    DDRII 1066 CL4 4-3-7 2.1V

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    Default Re: New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview

    PCMARK2005


    AM2 CPU got better die quality recently, we can see the 3.4G~3.6G
    overclock capability on 5000+/6400+ X2 high-end CPU.
    When comes with higher frequency, the performance is also closed to Intel
    platform, 3DMARK is only 5%~10% behind.
    Hope the AM2/AM2+ CPU could have 3.6G or higher frequency ability,
    that can make the platform more extra value.

    Then we use AMD new Phenom 9600,
    3DMARK2003


    3DMARK2005


    3DMARK2006

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    Default Re: New chipset new platform on AMD-MSI K9A2 Platinum performance overview

    PCMARK2005


    CINEBENCH R10


    CrystalMark


    AMD Phenom is the native Quad-Core CPU, but AM2+ CPU frequency behind AM2 a lot,
    now Phenomís frequency limited is under 2.7G, itís a pity, compare with Intel easy to over 3.5GHz,
    the extreme frequency will become the biggest condition for user.

    MSI K9A2 Platinum
    Pros:
    1.Full solid capacitors, rich accessories, with 2 CrossFire bridge.
    2.Good Circu-pipe design, AMD(ATI) chipset temp. is low.
    3.Great improve on CPU frequency, up to 450~500MHz depends on CPU capability.
    4.4x PCI-E VGA slot design, Power/Reset button.

    Cons:
    1.Memory overclock ability is not good, use AM2 CPU can only run about DDR2 1066, BIOS needs to be improved on memory side.
    2.The AMD platform performance is really behind Intel platform, so the high-end AMD motherboard is not really popular.

    After AM2+ CPU launched, we can see the new AMD motherboards also come out soon.
    This moment we only have AMD chipset based.
    Although AMD chipset motherboards price is lower than same segment Intel motherboards,
    but most users will consider CPU first when purchase PC platform,
    in this situation, AM2/AM2+ have to create more value for end users,
    besides price, frequency improvement is also the major subject to enhance total performance.
    Itís my first time to use AMD 790FX motherboard,
    besides FSB overclock great improvement, the features is also more deluxe.
    Hope we can have more new AMD platform motherboard on the market,
    make AM2+ motherboard become lower price, than user can have cheaper Quad-Core platform in 2008.

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