MSI 870A-G54 AM3 ATX Motherboard just £64.99 @ Ebuyer
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MSI 870A-G54 AM3 ATX Motherboard just £64.99 @ Ebuyer

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Found 1st Dec 2010Made hot 1st Dec 2010
Great price for a cracking motherboard!
been eyeing it up for a few weeks and this is the very cheapest i have seen!
it also has the important SB850 southbirdge which brings SATA 6GB/s and it has USB 3.0!


Processor Support for AMD Phenomâ„¢ II //Athlonâ„¢ II Processors
Chipset AMD 870 / SB850
Memory 4 DIMMs support for DDR3-1600(OC)/1333/1066/800 MHz up to 16GB max
Audio 8-channel (7.1) HD Audio subsystem
LAN 10/100/1000 Mbits sec LAN subsystem
Peripheral interfaces
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports from SB850
2 x USB 3.0 port
12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 x external, 6 x internal)
Expansion
capabilities
2 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI-Ex1 slot
3 x PCI slots
Suuport ATI CrossFireXâ„¢ Technology

Product Page : eu.msi.com/ind…057

- djfluff

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Seems hella cheap for Sata III and USB 3! New AMD CPUs still a way off so I spose these have got a bit of life left in em yet

This is a good deal, but is the 890 chipset much better and worth holding out for?

DazzyB

This is a good deal, but is the 890 chipset much better and worth holding … This is a good deal, but is the 890 chipset much better and worth holding out for?



No doubt it's better but much more pricey. Tbh in benchmarks I've seen the real world difference is minimal from different Motherboard chipsets, especially of the same generation (i.e. 8XX). Sorry that I don't have any to hand to back that up!

Well I wouldn't expect benchmarks to differ too much I was thinking more of chipset features!

Think the main thing missing is Crossfire support - that doesn't bother me, I might just go for this, thanks!

This board DOES support crossfire
It also can unlock CPU cores ! : "Specially support 4-core to 6-core CPU unlock."
(If you are lucky!)
I have also tried the MSI OC GENIE, it actually works really well. Great for anyone wanting an overclocked system, without having to know anything about voltages etc.

DazzyB

Well I wouldn't expect benchmarks to differ too much I was thinking more … Well I wouldn't expect benchmarks to differ too much I was thinking more of chipset features!Think the main thing missing is Crossfire support - that doesn't bother me, I might just go for this, thanks!



Ah sorry. Yea well considering this has USB3 and SATA3 the difference in features are pretty minimal...

Is it possible to use AM2+ socket CPU's with this board? The one in question being the old Phenom x4 9950 @2.6GHz.

striker33

Is it possible to use AM2+ socket CPU's with this board? The one in … Is it possible to use AM2+ socket CPU's with this board? The one in question being the old Phenom x4 9950 @2.6GHz.



No mate.

Great price - if only it were Micro ATX as this won't fit in my current case :-(

good board ive got the MSI-770 - c45!

Been tempted by this since it was posted a while ago... I have a Phenom II X3 720BE and want to try to unlock the 4th core so badly. Only thing is, I'd have to spend double that to buy the new RAM I'd need (currently using 4GB DDR2 on an AM2+ board). Meh...

Original Poster

hero9989

Been tempted by this since it was posted a while ago... I have a Phenom … Been tempted by this since it was posted a while ago... I have a Phenom II X3 720BE and want to try to unlock the 4th core so badly. Only thing is, I'd have to spend double that to buy the new RAM I'd need (currently using 4GB DDR2 on an AM2+ board). Meh...


i don't understand what you mean? all you would have to buy is a new motherboard (even £40 motherboards can unlock cores) and then buy 4GB of RAM. RAM prices have plummetted lately so 4GB sets can go for <£50. just check aria.co.uk they have some truly amazing ram prices!!

Hmm I got the AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1GHz an I've been dying to unlock the 2 cores for ages. But I'd have to buy a ATX case

Yeppy Kinksta

Hmm I got the AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1GHz an I've been dying to unlock … Hmm I got the AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1GHz an I've been dying to unlock the 2 cores for ages. But I'd have to buy a ATX case



Whilst it is quite possible it will unlock it isn't worth relying on it to. Mine unlocked and then when I added more ram it went from 4 down to 3 cores, then I had to swap mobo cos it was faulty and I couldn't even get the 3rd core anymore cos with my new mobo it is 2 or 4 cores, no option for 3, lol. Just don't count on all going smoothly and buying stuff counting on it to.

Anyhoo, nice board!

Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget setup mainly for hi def playback)

realitybites

Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget … Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget setup mainly for hi def playback)



I'm running Phenom II Black Edition Quad Core on my MSI 890 and it runs like a dream. Even the onboard graphics on that mobo run mkv's comfortably.

realitybites

Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget … Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget setup mainly for hi def playback)



From £45 to £75. You don't need a Phenom (you need AM3, not all Am3's are Phenoms) but I have listed one anyway.

ebuyer.com/pro…554

ebuyer.com/pro…421

ebuyer.com/pro…140

ebuyer.com/pro…349

Stonebear, if may pick your brains. What do you think of this mobo?

ebuyer.com/pro…931

I notice form the Gigabyte website it hasn't got the ACC function that unlocks cores, but it says it has Auto Unlock Suppor which from the site says "Featuring a unique design that enables the processor’s hidden cores by BIOS" Which I guess is the same thing as ACC but made more suer friendly?

hero9989

Been tempted by this since it was posted a while ago... I have a Phenom … Been tempted by this since it was posted a while ago... I have a Phenom II X3 720BE and want to try to unlock the 4th core so badly. Only thing is, I'd have to spend double that to buy the new RAM I'd need (currently using 4GB DDR2 on an AM2+ board). Meh...


DDR2 costs more than DDR3 so if you sell the DDR2 you should recoup most or all of your costs depending on what DDR2 you have and how canny you are.
4GB of DDR3 for £42.52 delivered; gone up a bit since I ordered last week:
store.cbccomputers.com/pro…4GX

Cheap, but beware you may waste many, many hours as MSI provide faulty boards and refuse to fix them. Just look up the nVidia 790i Ultra (caused HD corruption, didnt update bios for over 9 months, ASUS did 4 updates in the same time) and the 790FX-GD70 (forums filled with people who got dead boards from using their M-Flash utility, but MSI refuse to accept there was a fault and charge for fixing their faulty boards). And considering those boards cost £150+, it's a bit of an insult.
I wouldnt touch MSI with a bargepole as the potential for large amounts of wasted time is just too great. Stick to reputable makers like ASUS or Gigabyte.

I've never had a bad experience with an MSI board, and would recommend them to anyone, certainly I would rate Asus boards above MSI, but I would rate these two above all the others as best features and reliability.

Yeppy Kinksta

Stonebear, if may pick your brains. What do you think of this … Stonebear, if may pick your brains. What do you think of this mobo?http://www.ebuyer.com/product/218931I notice form the Gigabyte website it hasn't got the ACC function that unlocks cores, but it says it has Auto Unlock Suppor which from the site says "Featuring a unique design that enables the processor’s hidden cores by BIOS" Which I guess is the same thing as ACC but made more suer friendly?



Don't know if it's any more user friendly but basically the same thing, yea. Gigabyte boards are usually very good. When my Asus went faulty I got a Gigabyte and it is solid.

Is it worth it to sell my still new MSI77-C45 and pick this up since I've got a Radeon 4850 and was thinking of picking a 2nd hand one from Cex for about £60 to go dual SLI? Planning on pairing them with a Phenom II x4 955 BE

And 4GB of Corsair ram

NitrousUK

Cheap, but beware you may waste many, many hours as MSI provide faulty … Cheap, but beware you may waste many, many hours as MSI provide faulty boards and refuse to fix them. Just look up the nVidia 790i Ultra (caused HD corruption, didnt update bios for over 9 months, ASUS did 4 updates in the same time) and the 790FX-GD70 (forums filled with people who got dead boards from using their M-Flash utility, but MSI refuse to accept there was a fault and charge for fixing their faulty boards). And considering those boards cost £150+, it's a bit of an insult.I wouldnt touch MSI with a bargepole as the potential for large amounts of wasted time is just too great. Stick to reputable makers like ASUS or Gigabyte.



Same here, I wouldn't waste my ££ with MSI products, only 12 months warranty (Asus/Gigabyte have 36/24 months warranty), and their non-existent tech support/customer service.
Good luck if your MSI motherboard becomes faulty during the warranty period!

Original Poster

jsty3105

And 4GB of Corsair ram


jsty3105

Is it worth it to sell my still new MSI77-C45 and pick this up since I've … Is it worth it to sell my still new MSI77-C45 and pick this up since I've got a Radeon 4850 and was thinking of picking a 2nd hand one from Cex for about £60 to go dual SLI? Planning on pairing them with a Phenom II x4 955 BE


na u dont wanna get this board if you want to do crossfire. it will work, but you only get x16/x4 bandwidth which will affect performance.
if you want a decent cheap crossfire mobo, these are good boards, probably cheaper if you search aswell,
ebuyer.com/pro…846

or this is even better!
ebuyer.com/pro…534

if you want to upgrade RAM, you dont have to get corsair to get great performance :)! the kingston RAM previously mentioned is brilliant RAM and can reach great speeds and tight timings which is what AMD likes
store.cbccomputers.com/pro…4GX

Edited by: "lucas4" 2nd Dec 2010

realitybites

Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget … Which AMD phenom processor would people recommend for this board (budget setup mainly for hi def playback)



get a matx so u can house it in a smaller case

jsty3105

And 4GB of Corsair ram

jsty3105

Is it worth it to sell my still new MSI77-C45 and pick this up since … Is it worth it to sell my still new MSI77-C45 and pick this up since I've got a Radeon 4850 and was thinking of picking a 2nd hand one from Cex for about £60 to go dual SLI? Planning on pairing them with a Phenom II x4 955 BE



Oooh. Good advice but I may be spending more than I should by doing that. Sounds like a £80-100 extra. May wait til I get a cash bonanza b4 splurging. Actually picked up the 4GB corsair XM3 when it was going for really cheap a couple of months back (spotted the deal here too...)
Edited by: "jsty3105" 6th Dec 2010

Original Poster

jsty3105

Oooh. Good advice but I may be spending more than I should by doing that. … Oooh. Good advice but I may be spending more than I should by doing that. Sounds like a £80-100 extra. May wait til I get a cash bonanza b4 splurging. Actually picked up the 4GB corsair XM3 when it was going for really cheap a couple of months back (spotted the deal here too...)


you wont be spending too much extra. that asus board i linked is only £15 more than this MSI board. if you already got the RAM then you only need the motherboard and 2nd 4850.
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