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.
Excerpt: Quote from the review: "With AMD’s release of the Phenom II X6 processors, the popularity of their products has slowly been on the rise. Motherboard makers have been taking advantage of this new-found popularity by releasing a wide range of products which cater to the needs of everyone from enthusiasts to entry level users. Gigabyte has attacked the high end market with their Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7, a feature rich board that should cause many to sit up and take notice.
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. You can't put a foot wrong here as it's a super-stable motherboard that just begs for more harassment in terms of overclocking.
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. Even I have to admit that if I did not already have my current Intel Core i7 930 system, I would seriously consider this CPU as a possible candidate for my computer.
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. Clearly performance has nothing to do with the price, as you can expect all 890FX motherboards to deliver roughly the same performance.
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. From a popularity standpoint alone I can tell you that based on my scouring of various enthusiast forums, the similarly-priced ASUS Crosshair IV Formula appears to be outselling the 890FXA-UD7 ten-to-one. Why?
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., - Dual BIOS chips., - Capable and flexible cooling system (water & air-cooling options)
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 software utilities., - No voltage read points., - Not enough temperature and voltage readouts in the BIOS and EasyTune.