MSI 990FXA GAMING USB 3.1 AM3+ ATX Motherboard

MSI 990FXA GAMING, USB3.1, Killer LAN, AMD 990FX+SB950, S AM3+, DDR3, PCIe 2.0, SATA3, 2-Way SLi/3-Way CrossFireX, ATX

Scan code: LN65280 Manufacturer code: 990FXA GAMING Request call
In stock
Spend over £225 and Buy Now, Pay Later or spread the cost of your finance over 24-48 months with a 10% deposit.
High End
Delivery options £5.48 By DPD On 23rd Jan 2017 DPD Delivered to your specified address. Receive SMS with one-hour delivery window. £4.79 Collect from local shops UPS and DPD Pickup Collect your parcel from your newsagents, petrol stations and convenience stores. Free Collect Instore Q-Collect Place your order online and collect from our Bolton store with Q-Collect. Weekend, timed and European delivery options are available at checkout ScanProtect protection ScanProtect Protect against installation damage for 28 days.More
Frequently Bought Together
Product Overview LET THE GAMES BEGIN
MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

• Amazing sound with Audio Boost 2, powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
• The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
• Military Class 4 components
• Specialized production lines just for GAMING motherboards
• OC Genie 4
• Gaming Device Port
• Click BIOS 4 (click here to visit our dedicated BIOS page)
• Optimized for multiple graphics cards (CrossFire certified)
• Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6

Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost 2! With Audio Boost 2 we're delivering the highest audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.

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 more clear audio signal.

Thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers.

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.

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.

Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600O delivered from your gaming PC.

Tired of having to connect your headset in difficult to reach places? MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.

With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

• Acoustic series
• Lower Tolerance
• Lower Dielectric Absorption
• Lower ESR
• Lower Leakage Current
• Higher Stability

With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

• Up to 600O crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics
• Dedicated amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear
• Superb signal conductivity and will not wear over time

The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.

USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gbps, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. USB 3.1 is even faster than SATAIII! Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster.

• 2x faster than USB 3.0
• 20X faster than USB 2.0
• Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
• Boost transfer rate between your PC and external storage devices

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Super Ferrite Chokes use a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Chokes to run at a 35 degree Celsius 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`s have been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

We put extra effort in increasing customer satisfaction. Our RMA rate has drastically decreased in the last few years.

To achieve the highest quality the MSI GAMING motherboards are developed by our most senior engineers on the most advanced production lines.

We are continuously improving our customer services, so in case you might run into a problem you can be assured we offer a fast response to your questions and hand you in depth information on the subject.

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize it's speed. This results in a much faster and smoother mouse response in games.

Gaming benefits:
• More responsive
• Smoother gameplay
• Faster reactions

Technical benefits:
• 3x more gold than regular connectors
• 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
• Prevents oxidation

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.

Get up to 2 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, with optimal placement for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping off from your screen when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD® CrossFire™ gaming setup.


MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.

MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.

• Speed up system performance
• Load complete game images
• Speed up games, apps and browser

Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of your fans on the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers;

• Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans
• Set profiles
• Record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file.

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heatsink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heatsink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

What’s in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick MSI GAMING case badge, a set of cable labels and the stylish all black M-shield.

• Case badge
• Door hanger
• Cable labels Features • Supports AMD FX / Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ processors for AM3+ socket
• Supports DDR3-2133(OC) Memory
• USB 3.1 + SATA 6Gb/s
• Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
• Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
• OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
• Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
• NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
• Sound Blaster Cinema 2: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
• Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket AM3+
QPI Speed N/A
Chipset AMD 990FX / SB950
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Channel Dual
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) Unbuffered
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • DDR3 - 1066
  • DDR3 - 1333
  • DDR3 - 1600
  • DDR3 - 1866
  • DDR3 - 2133(OC)
Maximum Memory Capacity 32GB (4x8GB)
Graphics Connectors  
Graphics Interface PCIe 2.0 (x16)
SLI Support 2 Way SLi
Crossfire Support 3 Way CrossFireX
Audio Realtek ALC1150 7.1 HD Audio
Network Interface Type Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Interface Chip/Modules 1 x Killer E2205 (Gigabit LAN)
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Water Cooled No
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCI
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24pin (V)
  • 2 x 3pin Fan (V)
  • 2 x 4pin Fan (V)
  • 1 x 8pin (V)
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x FP Audio Header
  • 2 x Front Panel Connector
  • 6 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Serial (COM) Header
  • 1 x Slow mode booting switch
  • 1 x SPDIF-Out Header
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Header
Back Panel
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 3 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A

Please note your statutory rights are not affected.

For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please see our terms and conditions

36 months
Return to base
DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
36 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
0871 472 4747
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by good price and quality Balance a very good game for fans of the price offered but if they wish to recommend more selected from the supported Intel motherboards 05 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wery good to for fx processor. The best of the gaming. Sound like good soundcard.the Ethernet chipset make games antilagging. 21 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great It's one of best high end motherboards that every gaming built should have 17 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Looks great Motherboard looks great and works great too. The heat sink design works well even with little airflow and the small audio boost icon glows red when powered up. 13 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding motherboard. There are many good motherboards and then there's this MSI motherboard. 06 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FX 8350 with this works GLORIOUSLY Previously had a GA-78-LMTUSB3 which simply couldn't handle the fx 8350. I was getting sub 45 fps at pretty low settings in GTA V. My gpu was a R9 290 OC'd, I had 8GB of ram and it was running of my ssd. Cooling was also not an issue as I had the CRYORIG R1 Universal (akin to the d14/15). Got this and it is glorious, Over 120 fps consistently and it has a very nice BIOS as well. 21 August 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Terrible Motherboard! This motherboard has lots of features but i have had to replace this motherboard around 6 times in the past 7 months, not a great start for MSI and i highly doubt that i have just had faulty components all 6 times but as usual, scan were as good as always 22 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Looks and goes like shi Can't say enough about this motherboard, as soon as you fire it up everything works as it should. The BIOS is amazing and very easy to use, it utilises the mouse, sub menus and graphics for easy navigation. It has all the latest tech on it and supports AMD's new processors. 15 July 2015
  • 2016-05-20 T12:53:04.052-05:00
  • bvseo_lps, prod_bvrr, vn_prr_5.6
  • cp-1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_8, tr_8
  • loc_en_US, sid_65280, prod, sort_default
1-8 of 8
Questions & Answers
(2 Questions : 3 Answers)

Product Q&A

Ask your questions. Share your answers.

« Back
Has staff answer
Has expert answer
3 answers

the 990fx lists supporting only pcie 2.0

whereas the 970 version supports pcie 3.0

Is this a mistake? Why doesn't this board support pcie 3.0?

Age: 25 to 34
8 months ago
Customer avatar
Shetland, Shetland, Shetland Islands ZE2, UK
Read all my Q&A
Please wait while more information about philjo is loaded.
Additional information about philjo could not be loaded.
0out of 1found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful1



MSI's website lists a PCIe Gen 2.

8 months ago
Customer avatar
Read all my Q&A
Please wait while more information about LizN is loaded.
Additional information about LizN could not be loaded.
1out of 1found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful1unhelpful0

yes it is a mistake, if you look at the official web sites you will see that its actually Pcie 2.0
6 months ago
Customer avatar
Read all my Q&A
Please wait while more information about Andrew010 is loaded.
Additional information about Andrew010 could not be loaded.
1out of 1found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful1unhelpful0

USB ports are 3.0 at rare you have 2 ports support 3.1 other wise all ports are backward completebale
If you want check official site msi look for same board and read specs about.
6 months ago
Customer avatar
London, UK
Read all my Q&A
Please wait while more information about ivelin is loaded.
Additional information about ivelin could not be loaded.
0out of 2found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful2
Will my CPU be compatible with this MSI 990FXA Gaming Motherboard? The hardware I want to install is:

CPU: AMD FX-9590 Black Edition
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz
5 months ago
Customer avatar
United Kingdom
Read all my Q&A
Please wait while more information about Warpcore225 is loaded.
Additional information about Warpcore225 could not be loaded.
0out of 0found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
  • 2016-05-20 T12:53:50.420-05:00
  • bvseo_lps, prod_bvqa, vn_prr_5.6
  • cp-1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers
  • loc_en_US, sid_65280, prod, sort_default
1 of 1
  • 2016-05-20 T12:53:50.423-05:00
  • bvseo_lps, prod_bvqa, vn_prr_5.6
  • cp-1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers
  • loc_en_US, sid_65280, prod, sort_default
1 of 1
MSI 990FXA GAMING USB 3.1 AM3+ ATX Motherboard
MSI 990FXA GAMING USB 3.1 AM3+ ATX Motherboard