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The 990FXA GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard from MSI features the AM3+ socket and the 990FX and SB950 chipsets to support AMD FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron processors. It has four DIMM slots that can accept a max of 32GB dual-channel DDR3 memory at overclocked speeds of up to 2133 MHz. Equipped with three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, the 990FXA can support multiple graphics cards for either three-way AMD CrossFire or two-way NVIDIA SLI technology to further increase graphical performance.
Aside from graphics, a Realtek ALC1150 audio processor provides 7.1-channel sounds through its six rear audio ports. Other back I/O ports include 1 PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port, an optical S/PDIF connector, eight USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.1 ports. For storage devices, it comes equipped with six SATA III connectors. To access the Internet, it has a Killer E2205 Gigabit Ethernet controller used to connect to your networking device. It also has two PCIe 2.0 x1 and a single PCI slot for additional hardware.
AMD AM3+ Socket
This motherboard supports AMD FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron processors in the AM3+ package. These processors feature HyperTransport technology and come with integrated memory and PCI-Express controllers to deliver dual-channel DDR3 memory support and PCI Express 2.0 lanes for graphics performance.
AMD 990FX & SB950 Chipset
The 990FX chipset supports up to four AMD PCI-Express 2.0 graphics cards with CrossFire technology, fourteen USB 2.0 devices, and SATA III storage to accelerate your connectivity. Full socket compatibility for AM3+ and AM3 processors with Hypertransport 3.0 interconnects, let you upgrade your components when you're ready and help ensure you get the most performance.
Gaming Device Port
The Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver optimal connectivity for high-end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed, which makes it more responsive for smooth gameplay and fast response times. The Gaming Device Port has three times more gold than regular connectors, stays durable after constant plugging and unplugging, and also prevents oxidation.
Killer E2200 LAN automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smooth, stutter-free in-game performance and a competitive edge. Furthermore, you can manually prioritize programs with the Killer Management software to get the speeds you need while letting other traffic take a back seat.
OC Genie 4
OC Genie is a built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option, this GAMING motherboard gives you optimal performance. It delivers up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory, and iGPU.
Click BIOS 4
The MSI Click BIOS 4 is a UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. It also reacts faster, runs smoother, and has better mouse support.
Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards
Have up to three AMD graphics card in CrossFire, or two NVIDIA cards in SLU. Having multiple graphics cards increases visual performance so you can enjoy games at their best.
MSI Audio Boost 2
With Audio Boost 2, this motherboard delivers optimal audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2. So, you can experience clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.
Isolated Audio PCB
With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry, which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a clear audio signal.
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
With Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you get optimal surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers. Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments.
To shield the audio core from EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) caused by other add-in cards the audio chip is protected by a high-grade EMI cover with backlight illumination.
Dual Headphone Amplifiers
The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with optimal studio level sound quality up to 600Ω delivered from your gaming PC. The GAMING motherboard is designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.
High Quality Audio Capacitors
With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, the GAMING motherboard provides the highest possible audio signal filtering, while delivering high fidelity clear sound with optimal acoustics and realism. It features acoustic series, low tolerance, low dielectric absorption, low ESR, low leakage current, and high stability.
Golden Audio Connectors
With golden audio connectors, you get optimal signal output with less chance of distortion, up to 600Ω crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics. You also get dedicated an amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear and optimal signal conductivity that will not wear over time.
Military Class 4 Components
Super Ferrite Chokes
Super Ferrite Choke uses a ferrite core that is super-permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35°C lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP has been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-ten-year lifespan.
Live Update 6
Live Update 6 automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, and software for the motherboard so you get the maximum performance and stability.
Command Center lets you push your motherboard to the maximum. It features a touch ready interface and allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance, and adjust cooling features.
With a RAMdisk, you can create a virtual drive from your system memory to speeds up system performance, loads complete game images, and speeds up games, apps, and Internet browsing.
Smart Fan Control
Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans connected to the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers. Users can monitor real-time status of the fans, set profiles, and record fan speed, voltage, and temperate status into a log file.
In the Box
MSI 990FXA GAMING AM3+ ATX Motherboard
MSI GAMING Case Badge
Set of Cable Labels
Limited 3-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
Supports AMD FXTM/Phenom II/Athlon II and Sempron processors for the AM3/AM3+ socket
AMD 990FXA and SB950 chipset
4 x DDR3 memory slots supporting up to 32 GB Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Dual-channel memory architecture
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots PCI_E2 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x16 speed PCI_E4 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x4 speed 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots 1 x PCI slots
AMD SB950 chipset
6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
AMD SB950 Chipset:
14 x USB 2.0 ports (8 x ports on the back panel, 6 x ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
VIA VL806 Chipset:
2 x USB 3.0 ports (2 x ports on the back panel, 2 x ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connector)
Asmedia 1142 Chipset:
2 x USB 3.1 ports (2 x ports on the back panel)
Realtek ALC1150 Codec 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio Supports S/PDIF output
Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller (Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7/8/8.1) 1 x LAN port on the back-panel
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
8 x USB 2.0 port
2 x USB 3.1 port
1 x Optical S/PDIF-out
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
6 x OFC audio jacks
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power
1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power
6 x SATA 6 Gb/s
3 x USB 2.0 (supports additional 6 x USB 2.0 port)
1 x USB 3.0
1 x 4-pin CPU fan
2 x 4-pin system fan
2 x 3-pin system fan
1 x Front panel audio
2 x Front panel
1 x Chassis Intrusion
1 x TPM module
1 x Serial port
1 x S/PDIF-Out
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x Slow mode booting switch
64 Mb flash
UEFI AMI BIOS
ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, DMI 2.0