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MicroStar K9AGM-FID ATI Xpress 1150 AM2 Socket Motherboard Teardown

06 August 2007
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Main Features / Overview

The MSI K9AGM-FID (MS-7242) is a Micro-ATX form factor motherboard from Micro-Star International (MSI), Taiwan. This motherboard is based on ATI RS485 / SB600 (Northbridge/Southbridge) chipset, and features a 940-pin "AM2 socket that supportont-size: 8.0pt"">This Intel DQ965GF motherboard is based on an Intel 965S Northbridge, and 82801 Southbridge chipset combination. The motherboard features a 775-pin socket that supports multiple Intel CPUs (including Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron D). Overall the design is similar to previously analyzed Dell Optiplex boards, based on the 965G / 82801 North/Southbridge combination from Intel, also with 775-pin CPU socket.

Here is a summary of the major components used in the Intel DQ965GF design:

MicroStar K9AGM-FID ATI Xpress 1150 AM2 Socket Motherboard Main ImageMicroStar K9AGM-FID ATI Xpress 1150 AM2 Socket Motherboard Main Image



  • Northbridge - Intel - LE82Q965SL9QZ - Memory Controller and Graphics Hub


  • Southbridge - Intel - NH82801H0SL9MM - I/O Controller Hub (ICH8DO)

I/O Interface

  • I/O Controller - National Semiconductor - PC8374L0IBU/VLA - Super I/O, with Glue Functions, LPC Bus Interface
  • IEEE1394 Host Controller - Texas Instruments - TSB43AB22A - Integrated 1394a-2000 OHCI PHY/Link-Layer
  • Ethernet Transceiver - Intel - RU82566DM - Gigabit LAN Connect Interface
  • PATA Controller - Marvell Technology - 88SE6101-NNC1 - One Channel
  • Trusted Platform Module - ST Microelectronics - ST19WP18-TPM-x
  • Audio Codec - Sigmatel - STAC9227 - 8-Channel, HD

Memory (On Mobo)

  • NOR Flash - SST - SST25VF016B-50-4C-S2AF - 16Mb, SPI Serial Interface, 50MHz, 3.3V


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