On Monday, we noticed that Asustek had begun listing motherboards based on AMD's yet-unreleased 790FX enthusiast chipset. The motherboard maker was listing two boards dubbed M3A32-MVP Deluxe and M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP, both of which supported four-way CrossFire configurations and sported gigantic copper heat pipes.
Asustek has now been joined by fellow motherboard maker MSI in its premature unveiling of new AMD boards. MSI has also unveiled two boards, but one of them—the K9A2 Platinum—is based on the 790FX, while the other—the K9A2 CF—is based on a "790X" chipset. The K9A2 Platinum features four PCI Express 2.0 slots, which can switch from a x16/x0/x16/x0 setup to a x8/x8/x8/x8 arrangement when they're all populated. The board also includes support for DDR2-1066 RAM, eight 300MB/s Serial ATA ports (six internal, two external), Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, and heat pipe-based chipset and power circuitry cooling.
The cheaper-looking K9A2 CF has only two PCIe slots (one x16 PCIe 1.0a slot and one x8 PCIe 2.0 slot), DDR2-800 memory support, five 300MB/s SATA ports (four internal, one external), Gigabit Ethernet, and a standard passive chipset heatsink.