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Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

ajmatson    -   June 18, 2009
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Testing:

Now we get to what we have all been waiting for, the testing phase of the review. To test the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard, I will be running it through a series of benchmarks designed to stress the scientific and video capabilities of the system. Pushing it to the limits will give us a good idea of the quality and overall performance of the board. I will also be comparing it to another 790FX/SB750 based motherboard, to see how it stacks up against other boards in its league. All hardware, unless otherwise noted, will be run at its stock speeds, timing, and voltages to eliminate any variables from interfering with the scores and throwing off a side by side comparison.

 

Testing Setup:

  • Processor(s): AMD Phenom II X4 955
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P
  • Memory: OCZ Spec Ops Urban Elite DDR3 2 x 2GB 1600MHz @ 1333MHz 7-7-7-20
  • Video Card : NVIDIA GTX 260 (216)
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750GB SATA w/32MB Cache
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

 

Comparison Motherboard:

  • ASUS M4A79T Deluxe

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.858GHz (208x18.5) 1.50v
  • System Memory: OCZ Spec Ops Urban Elite DDR3 @ 1390MHz (7-7-7-20-1T)

When it came to overclocking, the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P was a breeze. Because of the options available and the tweaking control, I was able to push every ounce that I could get out of it - which was pretty decent. By just playing with the multiplier and bus speed, I was able to push the Phenom II X4 955 processor to just under 3.9GHz at the maximum voltage of 1.5 volts. I started by pushing the multiplier to the maximum I could get stable, which was x18.5 and then started upping the Bus speed 1MHz at a time until I became unstable. Ultimately I ended up with a 650MHz increase with little effort at all. I was also able to get the memory to just under 1400MHz with low timings of 7-7-7-20-1T and everything was benchmark stable. So the overclocked tests will be run at 3.858GHz.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. CineBench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty: World at War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Fallout 3 
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



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