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Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Rev 1.1 Review

formerstaff    -   September 24, 2012
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Specifications:

CPU
AM3+ Socket:
    Support for AMD AM3+ FX processors
    Support for AMD AM3 Phenom™ II processors / AMD Athlon™ II processors
(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
Hyper Transport Bus
    5200 MT/s
Chipset               
North Bridge: AMD 990FX
South Bridge: AMD SB950
Memory
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
Dual channel memory architecture  Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Audio
Realtek ALC889 codec
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
Support for Dolby Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)
(All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
Support for 2-Way/3-Way/4-Way AMD CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA SLI™ technology
Storage Interface
South Bridge:   6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0~SATA3_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD
 
2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:  2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors (including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
 Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
USB       
South Bridge: Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)
 
2 x Etron EJ168 chips: Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
IEEE 1394
VIA VT6308 chip: Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors        
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
2 x system fan headers
1 x power fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
1 x IEEE 1394a header
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper
1 x clearing CMOS button
1 x power button
1 x reset button
Back Panel Connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
1 x IEEE 1394a port
7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x eSATA/USB Combo connector
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
1 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
ITE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring               
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control
BIOS
2 x 32 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
Support for Download Center
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Support for EasyTune (Note 6)
Support for Easy Energy Saver
Support for Smart Recovery
Support for Auto Green
Support for ON/OFF Charge
Support for Cloud OC
Support for 3TB+ Unlock
Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software               
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
Support for Microsoft Windows 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP
Form Factor
E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.3cm

 

Features:

 

  • On/Off Charge Technology
  • Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU
  • Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU
  • Driver MOSFETs -
  • Integration of VRM Components
  • SATA 6 Gbps Support
  • USB 3.0 Support
  • 3x USB Power Boost
  • 4 way SLI™ and 4 way CrossFireX
  • AMD OverDrive Support
  • Dual Channel DDR3 2000+ MHz
  • 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback
  • GIGABYTE Touch BIOS™ (Patent Pending)
  • DualBIOS™ 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)
  • Turbo XHD- Full Automatic RAID 0/Stripe
  • Ultra Durable 3
  • GIGABYTE innovative technology-
  • Easy Energy Saver
  • EasyTune6
  • eSATA/USB combo
  • Cloud OC
  • Visible Overvoltage Reminder
  • Onboard Quick Switches
  • Dolby Home Theater Support
  • Norton™ Internet Security
  • ErP Lot 6 support


All information Courtesy of Gigabyte @  http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3880#sp




  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: 990FXA-UD7 Rev 1.1
  3. Closer Look: Utilities
  4. Closer Look: BIOS
  5. Specifications and Features
  6. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  7. Testing: PCMark 7
  8. Testing: HD Tune (5.0), AIDA64 2.20
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  10. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray, ProShow Gold, HandBrake
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench
  13. Testing: 3DMark 11, DiRT 3, Battlefield 3
  14. Conclusion
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