AMD's 990FX chipset soldiers on. As an astute TR commenter pointed out a while back, this platform is over five years old now. Motherboard makers are continuing to bolster 990FX boards with modern features via add-on controllers, though, and MSI's latest 990FXA Gaming gets USB 3.1 in this way.
The latest USB goodness comes courtesty of ASMedia's ASM1142 controller, which we tested in our USB 3.1 preview. Unfortunately, Type C connectors aren't on offer here. MSI instead sticks with a pair of Type A ports in the rear I/O cluster. A separate VIA VL806 chip feeds a pair of USB 3.0 ports for external headers.
The 990FXA Gaming's Audio Boost 2 onboard sound suite looks nice, too. MSI has pulled out all of the stops here. Realtek's high-end ALC1150 codec feeds an analog signal chain with EMI-shielded circuitry, premium Nichicon capacitors, and dual headphone amps (presumably for the front and rear headphone outputs). Creative's Sound Blaster Cinema 2 software adds another layer.
MSI taps a Qualcomm Killer E2200 Ethernet NIC for wired networking, which claims to reduce latency and perform packet prioritization for smoother online gaming. SLI and Crossfire compatibility are included, as well. We've asked MSI for pricing and availability info.
|Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card reviewed||35|
|Leaked MacBook Pro pics suggest OLED touch bar and Touch ID||1|
|Eizo FlexScan EV7280 monitor cuts cable clutter||3|
|Xiaomi reveals Mi Mix phone with a 6.4" edgeless display||20|
|Zotac and Thermaltake join forces for a liquid-cooled GTX 1080||4|
|Zotac Magnus EN1080 may be the fastest mini-PC yet||16|
|Seagate 5TB BarraCuda and 2TB FireCuda drives are big and speedy||24|
|Nvidia licenses Rambus' DPA tech for side-channel data leak prevention||17|
|iOS 10.1 update includes portrait mode beta for iPhone 7 Plus||6|
|Signing your posts is daftly redundant. Meadows||+27|