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Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Motherboard Review

This is a board that comes in at about 200 dollars and managed to perform nearly as well as those costing 30 to 50 dollars more. That’s quite a value to those looking to upgrade to a new 990FX motherboard. By Anthony Reynolds

Before we start taking a look at this new motherboard from Gigabyte let’s have a look at the chipset and what it has to offer. This new chipset isn’t really all that different from the 890FX and SB850. Many of the same features are still the same. So let’s go over what’s changed.

With this new chipset one of the main differences is the added SLI support. NVIDIA fans can now rejoice because they will now have the option of using an AMD chipset for their future builds. Intel has been the only choice that NVIDIA fans have had since they stopped making chipsets. The last AMD chipset that NVIDIA made was 980 chipset that was essentially just a rebranding of their older 780 chipset. It really didn’t bring anything new to the table except for AM3 and DDR3 support. This new chipset is capable of running as many as 4 graphics cards in SLI. Of course that will depend on which board you purchase. Currently only the UD7 from Gigabyte has that option.

Another great feature of this chipset is that it will support the new Bulldozer processors when they come out. As of right now it looks like they are due to hit the market sometime in September. These are highly anticipated processors that will hopefully live up to their hype. Only AMD and time can tell. I am really looking forward to getting some of these onto our test bench for some stress testing. Intel has led the market in terms of performance and it would be nice to see AMD catch up. It’s always good for the consumer to have more options because options lead to lower prices. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and just hoping that AMD won’t let us down.

Lastly, another feature that this new chipset has to offer is that it now supports up to 32 gigs of DDR3 memory. This effectively doubles the amount of RAM that you can add to your system. Previously you were limited to only 16 gigs with 890 chipset. As more and more applications are able to take advantage of larger amounts of RAM the ability to increase your available memory will become more necessary. Applications such as video encoding and graphical design demand larger amounts of system memory. If you plan to use your computer for these types of applications the ability to increase your system memory all the way to 32 gigs is a nice feature to have. This is dependent on 8 gig sticks becoming available, which they should be in the near future.

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