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Gigabyte MA790FX-DS5 Review

Price: $189.99


With any new processor or technology lineup, there is a corresponding change in motherboard technology as well. With the 7 series chipsets from AMD, a whole new bevy of improvements have been implemented. Full support for Phenom processors, 1066 DDR2, and HyperTransport 3.0 are just a few of the improvements. When the 7 series was released, there was a backlash from the community due to the lackluster performance. With a few months under its belt and new BIOS revisions coming regularly, has the 790FX matured enough to be a respectable platform?

Will features such as Ultra Durable 2 construction, native support for 16 gigabytes of 1066 MHz memory system memory, Crossfire support and more make the MA790FX-DS5 a force to be reckoned with, or will it fall to the wayside like the many pretenders? Only time will tell!

Closer Look:

The Gigabyte MA790FX-DS5 comes packaged in a white box with the features listed on the front and back. HT 3.0, CrossfireX, and Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 2, which consists of Lower RDS MOSFETs, ferrite core chokes and solid capacitors.














The sides of the box list the key features of what is inside.



Digging into the inner box, the 790FX board is sealed in an anti static bag between two layers of foam to protect the board during shipping


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (Continued)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios)
  5. Configuration( Drivers )
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Setup, Overclocking)
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call Of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World in Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: 3DMark 06
  19. Conclusion
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