Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 AMD 890FX Motherboard - FIRST LOOK
21 February 2011
Summary: We're excited to see what the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 motherboard is capable of with a 6-core Phenom II X6 1090T chip locked into its AM3 socket....but this article is all about a first look at everything Gigabyte's squeezed in.
Summary: GIGABYTE did a good job overall with the 890FXA-UD7. It's a slick looking motherboard with a lot of thought put in to the board design and component placement, to make it easy to install and use as well.
Summary: The 890FXA-UD7 is the latest AMD based board in the GIGABYTE lineup. Offering support for the newest AMD Phenom II X6 based processors and chipset based SATA 6G functionality, the board looks like it could give the Intel platforms a run for their money.
Conclusion: This is one heck of a product. Maybe even more then that, considering its price. For some $245 or roughly 220EUR, you get the best that money can possibly buy at this very moment - from chipset, connectivity, supported standards and packed up to its eyeballs with features and new technologies.
Conclusion: As you can see, the Gigabyte 890FX-UD7 with the AMD 1055T CPU is a rather powerful solution for just about anyone. This combination was handling anything I could throw at it, and then keep asking me for more through out my testing.
Summary: Okay, so first things first. Let’s work out the $240 US price tag. The Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 is by far the most expensive AMD 890FX based motherboard, making it one of the most expensive AM3 motherboards available.
Summary: The GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD7 is definitely a premium, solid performing entry to the 890FX arena. For starters, the packaging and the unboxing experience is one of the things that many people love about opening up a brand new product.
Pros: Logical and well thought out board layout, Premium unboxing experience, Solid overall performance, Two northbridge cooling options to help squeeze out every last MHz., Unique USB On/Off Charge feature is actually useful
Cons: The most expensive 890FX board out there, XL-ATX form factor may keep you from putting it in your favourite case
Conclusion: The 890FXA-UD7 is the motherboard that GIGABYTE created to dominate every other AM3 motherboard on the market, and although it is a very well designed product, I'm not convinced that it achieved its stated objective.
Pros: - Solid performance., - Convenient layout., - 6 mechanical PCI-E x16 slots., - 4-Way CrossFireX capability., - Very good overclocking capabilities., - Excellent regulation & output., - Supports SATA 6Gb/s & USB 3.0, - On/Off Charge USB header & 3X USB Power Boost., - Easy to use, option-rich BIOS...
Cons: - Pricey., - Unorthodox XL-ATX form factor is incompatible with most cases., - Large CPU coolers + tall memory heatspreaders can cause installation annoyances., - EasyTune6 needs to be redesigned for the AMD platform., - No integrated bluetooth to take full advantage of the bluetooth-based softwa...