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Gigabyte MA790FX-DS5 Review

Former staff writer    -   March 16, 2008
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Specifications:

CPU

Support for Socket AM2+/ AM2 processors:
AMD Phenom™FX processor/ AMD Phenom™ processor/ AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor/AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor/AMD Athlon™ 64 processor/AMD Sempron™ processor

Hyper Transport Bus
5200/2000 MT/s
Chipset

North Bridge: AMD 790FX  South Bridge: AMD SB600

Memory
  1. 4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR2 1066(Note 2)/800/667 MHz memory modules
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC889A codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for DTS (dts NEO:PC)
  5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  6. Support for CD In
LAN
Realtek 8111B chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots supporting ATI CrossFireX™ technology (The PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  2. 3 x PCI Express x1 slot
  3. 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface

South Bridge:

  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  1. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATAII0, SATAII1, SATAII2, SATAII3) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
2 x GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
  1. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATAII_1, GSATAII_2) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s ports on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
iTE IT8718 chip:
  1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
 
IEEE 1394
T.I. TSB43AB23 chip

Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a headers)

 
USB

integrated in the South Bridge

  1. Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
 
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x 4-pin PCIe 12V power connector
  4. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  5. 1 x IDE connector
  6. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  7. 1 x CPU fan header
  8. 2 x system fan headers
  9. 1 x power fan header
  10. 1 x North Bridge fan header
  11. 1 x front panel header
  12. 1 x front panel audio header
  13. 1 x CD In connector
  14. 1 x S/PDIF In header
  15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  16. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  17. 1 x IEEE 1394a headers
  18. 1 x parallel port header
  19. 1 x power LED header
  20. 1 x chassis intrusion header
 
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  2. 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  3. 1 x serial port
  4. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  5. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  6. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  7. 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
  8. 1 x RJ-45 port
  9. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s ports
  10. 6 audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC In/Surround Speaker Out (Rear Speaker Out) / Center / Subwoofer Speaker Out / Side Speaker Out)
 
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

· CPUfan speed control

BIOS
  1. 2 x 4 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for Dual BIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
 
Unique Feature
  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Download Center
  3. Support for Q-Flash
  4. Support for EasyTune (Note 3)
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for Virtual Dual BIOS
 
Bundle Software
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Overclocking

Voltage adjustments in BIOS Setup (CPU/DDR2/Chipset/PCIE/FSB/HTT/HTR) allow you to:

  1. Increase CPU voltage (Note 4)
  2. Increase DDR2 voltage by 0.05V to 0.50V with 0.05V increment
  3. Increase Chipset voltage by 0.05V to 0.40V with 0.05V increment
  4. Increase PCI Express voltage by 0.05V to 0.45V with 0.05V increment
  5. Increase FSB voltage by 0.05V to 0.35V with 0.05V increment
  6. Increase HTT voltage by 0.05V to 0.40V with 0.05V increment
  7. Increase HTR voltage by 0.05V to 0.45V with 0.05V increment

Frequency adjustments in BIOS Setup (CPU/HT Link/PCIE/DDR2) allow you to:

  1. Adjust CPU host frequency from 200 MHz to 500 MHz with 1 MHz increment
  2. Adjust HT Link frequency
  3. Adjust PCI Express frequency from 100 MHz to 200 MHz with 1 MHz increment
  4. Adjust DDR2 frequency
 
Operating System
Support for Microsoft Windows Vista/XP/2000
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Note

(Note 1) Due to Windows XP 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
(Note 2) Whether 1066 MHz memory speed is supported depends on the CPU being used.
(Note 3) Available functions in Easytune may differ by motherboard model.
(Note 4) The adjustable CPU voltage range depends on the CPU being used

Remark
  1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
  2. Due to most hardware/software vendors no longer offer support for Win9X/ME. If some vendors still has Win9X/ME drivers available, we will publish on website.
 
 
 

 

Features:

  •  Supports AMD AM2+ Phenom™/ AM2 Athlon™ 64 series processors
  • Dual Channel DDR2 1066* memory support for remarkable system performance
  • Dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 graphics interfaces with ATI CrossFireX™ support for extreme gaming performance
  • Integrated SATA 3Gb/s with RAID function
  • Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE139
  • High quality 8-ch ALC889A High Definition audio with DTS Connect support, featuring 106dB Signal to Noise Ratio and Full Rate Lossless Audio with Blu-ray/ HD DVD playback support.
  • Ultra Durable 2 motherboard features High Quality CPU Power design with Ferrite core chokes, Low RDS (on) MOSFET and Solid Capacitors
  • Durable Capacitors that take advantage of Japanese manufactured Solid Capacitors for enhanced system durability
  • Re-engineered Thermal Design featuring All Copper Silent-Pipe and Crazy Cool
  • External SATA2 design makes you enjoying "easy to use, easy to go, and easy to play"
  •  Whether 1066 MHz memory speed is supported depends on the CPU being used, please refer “Memory Support List” for memory support information.

 

Specifications and features pulled from Gigabytes specifications page http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2610&ProductName=GA-MA790FX-DS5




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