Summary: There are very negatives about the GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7. But they do exist. For example, I do not like the placement of the primary PCIe X16 slot as it makes it difficult to remove graphics cards when a large CPU cooler is in place.
Pros: Superb Power Management, Solid Overclocking, Easy to use, Easy Troubleshooting, Very Good I/O Performance Overall, Beautiful Color Scheme, Good Built-in Audio Performance
Cons: Superb Power Management, Solid Overclocking, Easy to use, Easy Troubleshooting, Very Good I/O Performance Overall, Beautiful Color Scheme, Good Built-in Audio Performance, Primary PCIe Slot can cause difficulty when removing cards, Premium price may deter value oriented buyers
Conclusion: In many respects, the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 is similar to competing AM3+ boards. But with its support for up to four-way SLI and CrossFireX, it’s an excellent choice if you plan to build an extreme gaming PC that’s stacked to the max with high-end graphics cards.
Pros: Loaded with PCI Express x16 slots, Supports CrossFireX and SLI, Supports up to 10 SATA 6Gbps drives
Summary: The overall performance of the GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 wasn’t far off the competitor today. What really sold us on the GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 was the overclocking! We have previously been unable to POST past 4.6GHz on our AMD FX-8150, on the GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 we were able to boot into Windows 7 at 4.9GHz...
Conclusion: Gigabyte is putting significant store in AMD's new FX chips by releasing seven 9-series boards armed with the AM3+ socket. The headline act is the 990FXA-UD7, which is a £200 board designed with the enthusiast firmly in mind.
Conclusion: The UD7 is a monster in some ways and a weakling in others. It has a packed PCB, which sports useful features such as power and reset switches, and it’s also able to cater for the craziest of SLI or CrossFireX setups.
Summary: Every once in awhile you come across a motherboard that raises the bar on what an enthusiast board should be. It sets the standard for features and performance exceeding all your expectations.
Conclusion: As expected the latest AMD 990FX/SB950 shows no significant performance gain over the last generation chipset from AMD (890FX/SB850). The new chipset is essentially identical except it offers native support for Bulldozer and NVIDIA SLI.
Summary: This is a really exciting time to be an AMD fan. We have their new AM3+ platform motherboards. These boards feature their new SB950 chipset. This chipset is geared for the enthusiast market. It features both USB 3.0 support and SATA 3 support.