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Details of three of MSI's upcoming AM3+ motherboards have appeared on a European price comparison website and some of the specifications of three different models have turned up. On top of that we now know what these three models will cost, at least in Euroland and for what it's worth, the boards seem to be pretty competitively priced, especially against Intel based motherboards.

Details of three of MSI's upcoming AM3+ motherboards have appeared on a European price comparison website and some of the specifications of three different models have turned up. On top of that we now know what these three models will cost, at least in Euroland and for what it's worth, the boards seem to be pretty competitively priced, especially against Intel based motherboards.

Starting from the bottom we have the 970A-G45 which should be one of the more basic AM3+ boards from MSI with the 900-series chipset. As the name gives away, this board sports the AMD 970 northbridge and the SB950 southbridge. The board has two PCI Express x16 slots, although as far as we're aware, the 970 chipset doesn't support split PCI Express lanes, so we'd guess the second x16 slot only has four lanes worth of bandwidth. There are also two PCI Express x1 slots and two PCI slots. As with the SB850, the SB950 supports six SATA 6Gbps ports and various RAID modes.

Around the back we're apparently looking at six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio, but that's all we know so far. Internal connectors are meant to add two more USB 3.0 ports and another six USB 3.0 ports. Sadly we don't have any pictures of any of the boards, so we can only go with what's been listed by the price comparison site. Cost wise the 970A-G45 is listed at €82.10 (S$159) in Germany.

Next up we have the 990FX-GD65 which again as the name gives away is based on the 990FX northbridge and again the SB950 southbridge. This board has two full PCI Express x16 slots, three PCI Express x1 slots and two PCI slots. Again we're looking at six SATA 6Gbps ports with RAID support. The rear I/O is the same, with two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio. Internally the board has pin headers for four additional USB 2.0 ports, but we have a feeling there will be at least one for a pair of additional USB 3.0 ports as well. This board is listed at €124.43 (S$227), again in Germany.

Finally we have the 990FX-GD80 which is the top of the range board and it too has the 990FX/SB950 chipset setup. However, this board has no less than four x16 slots and we'd dare to wager that when all are in use they operate at x8 mode. There's also a pair of PCI Express x1 slot and a single PCI slot. Once again we have six SATA 6Gbps ports with RAID support, although at least this time around we know that there's support for two internal USB 3.0 ports, as well as four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port. Around the back we're looking at two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio. This is also the most expensive of the three boards at €171.97 (S$314).

We did find a fourth model as well, the 990FX-GD70, but we haven't managed to track down any kind of specifications for this model. However, we did find a price and it ends up between the GD65 and GD80 price wise, much as expected, at €158.13 (S$288). So far it looks like MSI has a pretty decent line-up of AM3+ boards coming and we'll make sure to bring you all the detail of the new boards from Computex, if not before.

Source: Geizhals