Gigabyte MA790FX-DS5 ReviewFormer staff writer - March 16, 2008
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Once removed from the confines of the shipping materials, the Gigabyte 790FX-DS-5 can be seen in all its glory. On the back side of the 790FX-DS-5 is the backplate for the CPU socket as well as a heatsink for the northbridge chipset. Additional cooling for the heat generating components is always a welcome sight.
The back pane of the motherboard has a laundry list of I/O connectors including PS/2, serial port, optical sound, Firewire, USB 2.0, Gigabit LAN, E-SATA and 7.1 channel plus two channels of independent stereo HD Audio.
The expansions consist of two PCI-E (dual 16x) for Crossfire, and two PCI-E 1x slots. There is a fan connector visible just above the first PCI-E 16x slot as well.
Rounding out the slots are two PCI slots and a 4-pin molex connector to supply additional voltage to the PCI-E graphics slots. Next to the molex connector is another fan connector and to the far left is the internal Firewire header.
The lower right hand of the board is where the front panel connectors reside along with another fan connector. Next to the front panel connectors there is a glimpse of one of the two Gigabyte SATA connectors.
Moving up the side of the board there is an IDE connector (Green) and floppy connector (Black) next to the 24-pin power supply connector. At the top of the board are the 4-pin CPU fan and 8-pin power supply connectors.
But wait, there's more.
The cooling solutions Gigabyte uses on the 790FX-DS5 are copper heatsinks used to cool the AMD SB600 southbridge, 790FX northbridge and the CPU power regulation circuit. Gigabyte uses two terms for the cooling solution, "Silentpipe" and "Crazy Cool."