Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Reviewajmatson - June 18, 2009
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The Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P was a joy to test. This board offers plenty of options and advancements to push my system to the maximum, and give me that speed that my inner enthusiast desires. I love to tinker with my hardware and see how much I can get out of it, and with the options available here, I have the ability to tweak and push every ounce from my components. Not only does it have a lot to offer, but it also makes it as easy as possible with the utilities and hardware shortcuts that the MA790FXT-UD5P has. The Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P performed quite well, matching or leading in over 65% of the benchmarks - making it a top contender for the 790FX/SB750 chipset series boards. Compared to the ASUS M4A78T, which is a bit more expensive than the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P, the performance was just about on par or better for the price. When it came to overclocking, the Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker section of the BIOS made it easy. With the vast amount of settings I was able to control, my overclock became stable as could be.
Gigabyte has done it well with a rock solid board that offers a lot of features for your hard earned cash. If you are a gamer, the LAN teaming feature will let you have an edge over your online opponents, and if you are an enthusiast, you can beat the life out of your system knowing it will remain cool and intact with the Ultra Durable 3 design. Whether you are designing a new system or looking for a nice board to upgrade your AM3 CPU to DDR3, you will not go home with a sour face from the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard. I recommend it, and for the price it will make you smile.
- Ultra Durable 3 design.
- Onboard Power, Reset, and Clear CMOS buttons
- CrossFireX support
- Hardware RAID via SATA II chipset
- Energy saving design
- Clear CMOS button partially covered by large video cards