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We're excited to see what the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 motherboard is capable of with a 6-core Phenom II X6 1090T chip locked into its AM3 socket....but this article is all about a first look at everything Gigabyte's squeezed in.
The rollout of the 890FX chipset completes AMD's gaming platform of 2010. As stated above, the new chipset is quite solid and worthy of enthusiasts' attention. Speaking of Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7, it has expectedly rich functionality. One distinctive feature is the original chipset cooling solution.
This has been the case with the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7, which is by far their most extreme AMD motherboard yet. All the stops have been ripped out for this motherboard, and with an asking price of $240 US, it is actually more expensive than the vast majority of AMD’s desktop processors, which can be had for less than $200 US.
The AMD 890FX is a new high-end chipset for AMD processors and the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 is a high-end motherboard based on this new chipset, bringing features like six PCI Express x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Japanese solid capacitors, lots of overclocking features and more.
We have played with a couple of the 8xx series chipsets, but so far have not gotten too deep into the 890FX. We have tried it out, but only once. Now we have been able to acquire a second 890FX board; this one is the GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD7. As an ultra-durable board it features GIGABYTE’s top end components and design. You get SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, Dual LAN ports (both GBe), advanced chipset cooling and much more.
The GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD7 comes packed with six mechanical PCI-E x16 slots, and it's not just for show, this motherboard is one of the few to support 4-way CrossFireX. Because of all these expansion slots, GIGABYTE have had to lengthen the PCB by 0.8 inches past the 12 inch ATX specification. As result, this model is deemed to have a non-standard XL-ATX form factor.
"The Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 is a premium AM3 motherboard, and enthusiasts will no doubt be looking at it as an option for AMD's Thuban hex-core chips, particularly if SATA III and USB 3.0 are on the wish list of upgrade features."
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