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MSI 870A Fuzion review

Enabling the mainstream to mix ATI and Nvidia in multi-GPU setups

Setting up the Lucid's Hydra 200 chip on MSI's 870A Fuzion poses very few problems – just make sure you have all the graphic card drivers loaded before you start to load the Hydra software and you're away.

You also have to make sure that the output to the monitor is plugged into the first graphics card of whichever pair you have installed, but that's fairly standard for this multi-GPU malarkey.

We've put it up against Asus' flagship CrossHair IV Formula board. That's based on the superior, though pricier AMD 890 chipset so that explains its slight performance advantage in the basic motherboard benchmarks.

As you can see from the benchmarks, the performance varies somewhat depending on which game you chose to use. The list of games that the Hydra chip supports is growing all the time and most of the currently popular ones are already listed.

If in doubt, check the release notes that accompany the driver.

3D rendering performance

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

Video encoding performance

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

DirectX 10 gaming performance

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

DirectX 11 gaming performance

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

MSI 870a fuzion benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset Model770
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedPhenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X2, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X2, Athlon II X4, Sempron, Phenom II X6
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
HyperTransport Speed2600 MHz
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots5
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports7
Number of USB 3.0 Ports1
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports4
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Processor TechnologyCool'n'Quiet Technology
Width305 mm
Depth225 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product Model870A
Product Name870A Fuzion Desktop Motherboard
Product LineFuzion
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number870A FUZION
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

Powered by MSI Fuzion Technology, MSI Fuzion Series MBs offer Non-Identical & Cross-Vendor Multi-GPU Processing; which allows users to install any 2 different level and brand graphics cards in a single system. The technology can perform scalable rendering to deliver near-linear gaming performance by load-balancing graphics processing tasks.

Limited Warranty3 Year