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Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX Review



Support for AM3 Processors
AMD Phenom II Processor/AMD Athlon II Processor
(Go to GIGABYTE’s website for the latest CPU support list.)
Hyper Transport Bus
5200 MT/s
North Bridge AMD 890GX
South Bridge AMD SB850
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16GB of system memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Support of DDR3 1866(OC)1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Support for non-ECC memory modules
(Go to GIGABYTE’s website for the latest memory support list.)
Integrated Graphics
128 MB DDR3 SidePort Memory
Onboard Graphics
Integrated in the North Bridge:
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
Realtek ALC892 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for Dolby Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF in/out
Support for CD in
1 x Realtek RTL8111D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
(The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots support ATI CrossFireX and ATI Hybrid CrossFireX technologies, and conform to PCI Express 2.0 Standards.)
3 x PCI Express x1 slots
2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface
South Bridge:
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0~SATA3_5) supporting utp to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD
1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to two IDE devices
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_6,GSATA2_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
iTE IT8720 chip:
1x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
Integrated in the South Bridge:
Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 on the back panel, 8 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
NEC D720200F1 Chip:
Up to 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
IEEE 1394
T.I. TSB43AB23 chip:
Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 2 via the IEEE 1394a brackets connected to the internal IEEE 1394a headers)
Internal Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12v power connector
1 x floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
2 x System fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x CD In connector
1 x S/DIF In header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
2 x IEEE 1394a headers
1 x Serial port header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard port or PS/2 mouse port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x IEEE 1394a port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks
Hardware Monitor
System voltage protection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System/ Power fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed controller
2 x 8 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 Recovery 2
Support for EasyTune
Support for Easy Energy Saver
Support for Smart Recovery
Support for Auto Green
Support for Q-Share
Bundled Software
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
Support for Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 30.5cm x 24.4cm




Onboard Acceleration

  • USB 3.0 10x Super Speed: Utilizing the new generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface from NEC with a 10x sata transfer speed boost over USB 2.0, USB 3.0 features dual-simplex transfer fro simultaneous data transfer from PC to USB device for improved data transfer efficiency.
  • USB Power 3x: The 3x USB Power Boost from Gigabyte is designed to deliver the utmost compatibly and stability for USB devices, by supplying sufficient power though a singe USB port. This will help free up USB ports for using multiple UBS device on a single motherboard.
  • SATA 3.0 4x speed via RAID 0: Double your hard disk drive performance with SATA Revision 3.0 (SATA 6Gbps) from AMD SB850, the latest generation of high speed storage interface. Coupled with RAID 0 (Stripe) mode. SATA Revision 3.0 enables a data transfer boost of up to 4x speed over Rev. 2.0

Ultra Durable

  • Benefits of 2 oz Copper PCB: Revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology from Gigabyte features the industry's first consumer desktop motherboard design with 2oz copper power and ground layers for dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.

Ultra Power Efficient

  • Easy Energy Saver: Featuring an advanced proprietary software design, Gigabyte easy Energy Saver is able to dynamically adjust CPU power depending on workload, delivering on workload, delivering just the right amount of power need for the task. One click of the Easy Energy Saver button and three levels of CPU voltage auto-adjust options allowing users to easily take advantage of power savings, without any confused or complicated calibration setup

Ultra Performance:

  • Not your average IGP: Based on AMD 890GX chipset with ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics core (DirectX10.1) GA-890GPA-UD3H is able to boost GPU frequency up to 1150MHz delivering ultimate graphics performance. Plus an additional 128MB DDR3 Side-Port Memory accelerated the 3DMark06 score can even beyond 3300 makes.

All information courtesy of Gigabyte

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Conclusion
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