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Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Rev 1.1 Review

formerstaff    -   September 24, 2012
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Conclusion:

I have had the advantage of owning this board for months now and as your classic "enthusiast," I have really loaded it up and put it through its paces. I have ran triple and quad Crossfire, heavily overclocked it, and used it for gaming as well as massive resource intensive multitasking and it has performed flawlessly.The attributes of the quality components and PCB design have kept it cool running and have eliminated heat as an overclocking restriction or concern.

The layout of the board has been well thought out with no interference issues you inexplicably run into on some motherboards even today. With six PCIe slots and support for quad SLI or Crossfire, up to 16 USB ports, eight SATA 6Gb/s connectors, and a BIOS that relinquishes complete control to the power user, the UD7 just screams of possibility for those want to get the most from their octo-core Bulldozer. The looks of the UD7 are a definite plus as well. The black on black board with tasteful gold aluminum accents was designed with side windows in mind. It is sophisticated and accented without being gaudy or resorting to gimmicky trinkets for heatsinks.

The build quality is excellent and just what I have come to expect from Gigabyte. The one concern I have with this motherboard is some of the software that accompanies it, specifically Touch BIOS and EasyTune 6. They both are a bit baroque in both form and function to the quality of Gigabyte's motherboards, and I would like to see the company go back to the drawing board with the AMD UEFI and overclocking software for an update that matches the tremendous quality of the motherboard itself. Other than this issue, the GA-990-FXA-UD7 is a top flight motherboard that will take your AMD setup just about as far a you want it to.

 

Pros:

  • Great connectivity
  • Six double spaced PCIe
  • Good looks
  • Great overclocker
  • Load Line Control
  • Several ways to set RAID
  • Great onboard sound
  • 8+2 Power Phase design

 

Cons:

  • Only four fan headers
  • No UEFI BIOS


 

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