Tuesday, March 30th 2010

Gigabyte Readies GA-890FXA-UD7 High-End AMD Motherboard

Gigabyte is looking to share some of its latest innovations in motherboard design with its AMD platform lineup, with a new enthusiast-grade motherboard in the works that rivals up with some of the company's highest-end products from its Intel platform lineup. The GA-890FXA-UD7 is the newest in the league. The model stays above the recently revealed GA-890FXA-UD5. It is a socket AM3 motherboard geared up for AMD's newest six-core processors, based on AMD 890FX + SB850 chipset. It has six PCI-Express slots (electrical: x16/x8, x4, x8, x4, x16/x8, x8), and supports 4-way ATI CrossFireX. The CPU is powered by a 10-phase VRM, with 2-phase memory VRM.

For the first time on the AMD platform, Gigabyte uses its Hybrid Silent-Pipe cooler. The cooler connects the CPU VRM, 890FX northbridge, and SB850 southbridge using a heatpipe, and the heatsink over the northbridge has provision for a water-block (included), or a large and complex aluminum heatsink that fits into the top expansion slot. The SB850 natively supports six SATA 6 Gb/s ports complete with RAID 0,1,5,10 support. An additional GSATA2 controller gives out two SATA 3 Gb/s ports and the IDE connector. Connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF connectors, two gigabit Ethernet controllers, two USB 3.0 ports, a number of USB 2.0 ports, and FireWire. It is expected to be out in a month.

Source: Bit-Tech.net
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50 Comments on Gigabyte Readies GA-890FXA-UD7 High-End AMD Motherboard

#1
btarunr
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Kitkat was right, here be the UD7.
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#2
qwerty_lesh
Why does that board have some (near the 24 pin) low RDs(on) mosfets, but then have normal mosfets (near the card slots)

I thought Ultra Durable consisted of the whole motherboard being of high quality components.

oh and I noticed today that Ultra Durable "Classic" have no low RDs(on) fets and no Ferrite chokes at all! :shadedshu

I love gigabyte stuff heaps, but sometimes I worry
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#4
amd/atifiend
ive never bought gigabyte before. i usually get msi but i was dissappointed by the last board i bought. i like the design features of this board more. built-in wc plus 6 pcie slots!? i think im gonna try this one. how are these boards for OC? Its not gonna self-destruct when i start raising the voltages is it (like the msi board did)?
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#5
Vagike
what a piss-poor electrical configuration.
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#6
sttubs
Why are these 890 boards only offering a few USB 3.0 outputs. I wouldn't think that they add a lot to the overall price and they are backwards compatible.
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#7
Mussels
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by: sttubs
Why are these 890 boards only offering a few USB 3.0 outputs. I wouldn't think that they add a lot to the overall price and they are backwards compatible.
they have to add external controllers (NEC in this case) which does raise the price... if they added even $10 onto the retail price, it may make them cost more than a competitor.


to be honest, i want a board just like this - but with 4+ USB 3.0 on the rear, and two with a header for case ports!
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#8
eidairaman1
most likely with these boards I would probably have 1 video card or 1 Dual GPu video card since the slot spacing is still not optimized for today's muscle, and I still prefer a separate sound board. 1 of 2 things needs to happen, video cards need to go back to single slot cooling, or motherboards need to get longer.
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#9
runnin17
Can't remember, but does Gigabyte support core unlocking on the 890FX chipset like Asus and MSI?
to be honest, i want a board just like this - but with 4+ USB 3.0 on the rear, and two with a header for case ports!
Yeah same here.

by: eidairaman1
most likely with these boards I would probably have 1 video card or 1 Dual GPu video card since the slot spacing is still not optimized for today's muscle, and I still prefer a separate sound board. 1 of 2 things needs to happen, video cards need to go back to single slot cooling, or motherboards need to get longer.
Been thinking this same thing for a long time. However, dual GPU's is such a niche market it will never happen. Only about 1-2% of PC owners use more than one GPU in their machine. Just not practical from a manufacturer's perspective to even bother with 10 slot mobo's. EVGA is trying, but they know they have a market for it. Foxconn had a prototype mobo with 10 PCI slots at one of the electronics shows a couple of years ago, but I haven't seen it around, so it probably got scrapped.
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btarunr
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by: qwerty_lesh
Why does that board have some (near the 24 pin) low RDs(on) mosfets, but then have normal mosfets (near the card slots)

I thought Ultra Durable consisted of the whole motherboard being of high quality components.

oh and I noticed today that Ultra Durable "Classic" have no low RDs(on) fets and no Ferrite chokes at all! :shadedshu

I love gigabyte stuff heaps, but sometimes I worry
Because those are non-critical circuits, and normal FETs are perfectly fine. This uses UD3 (proper). The chokes used are FC.
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#11
eidairaman1
by: runnin17
Can't remember, but does Gigabyte support core unlocking on the 890FX chipset like Asus and MSI?


Yeah same here.



Been thinking this same thing for a long time. However, dual GPU's is such a niche market it will never happen. Only about 1-2% of PC owners use more than one GPU in their machine. Just not practical from a manufacturer's perspective to even bother with 10 slot mobo's. EVGA is trying, but they know they have a market for it. Foxconn had a prototype mobo with 10 PCI slots at one of the electronics shows a couple of years ago, but I haven't seen it around, so it probably got scrapped.
All I can care about is the Spacing of the top 2 or bottom 2 slots, have them where there are no slots nearby them and then the rest are accessory slots nothing currently needs to be more than 8x bandwidth as of other parts.
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#12
csendesmark
by: Mussels
to be honest, i want a board just like this - but with 4+ USB 3.0 on the rear, and two with a header for case ports!
Next-gen Motherboards will have only USB3.0 connertors :)
(when the USB 3 controller is became integrated)
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#13
Kitkat
by: btarunr
Kitkat was right, here be the UD7.
HAHAHAHHAHHAHA did u know the first thing i was gonna post was told you so WHY DID U STEAL MY THUNDER HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA UD6 and Crosshair GENE is coming too hahahahaha! Watch the Leak in one week. hahaha you are so funny its like u had a postit or something that said dont forget cause she will gloat lol

was expecting a bit more tho we will see in a bit. (and that chipset isnt up and to the left just like the UD5 ... another redflag?)
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#14
lism
by: amd/atifiend
ive never bought gigabyte before. i usually get msi but i was dissappointed by the last board i bought. i like the design features of this board more. built-in wc plus 6 pcie slots!? i think im gonna try this one. how are these boards for OC? Its not gonna self-destruct when i start raising the voltages is it (like the msi board did)?
Actually i once bought a Gigabyte board and since then never bought any other brand based on motherboards as gigabyte. I had MSI's before but somehow they always fail for another reason. Gigabyte has their own (better) caps and provide things like dual copper layers and so on. They usually overclock very well. The first board managed to archieve up to 2 years using a X2 3800+ , X2 5000+ and a X2 6000+ , the M55-s3. Really stable board and up to 370Mhz HTT.

So if your buying a Gigabyte board, you wont regret it ;)
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#15
dumo
I hope Giga will released their 890FX line with a decent bios for cold overclocking. My Giga 890GX gave me a lot of headache when goes with extreme cooling
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#16
Baum
so how does the cooler fit? or is attached i don't get the point?

am i stupid as the slot is not vertical and the cooler shows a retention for a pci case slot but horizontal???:banghead:
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#17
Kantastic
by: Baum
so how does the cooler fit? or is attached i don't get the point?

am i stupid as the slot is not vertical and the cooler shows a retention for a pci case slot but horizontal???:banghead:
Find the E in "Pipe" and go straight down. There's your base.
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#18
Hayder_Master
here is first UD7 for AMD chipset's, i can't imagine to run this mobo with new X6 phenom
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#19
Para_Franck
When will we see X16/X16 for crossfire? I think I would be ready to upgrade at that moment. My DFI DKM2RS is getting old now and i want somthing that will be adequate for another 2 or 3 years. With GPU evolvong so fast, X16/X16 is surely going to be usefull in the long run.
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#20
sttubs
My "old" MSI 790FX-GD70 has dual 16x for Crossfire. I'm scratching my head over the omission of that from the new boards. Maybe a MSI's board will have that feature again.
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#21
Kitkat
by: Para_Franck
When will we see X16/X16 for crossfire? I think I would be ready to upgrade at that moment. My DFI DKM2RS is getting old now and i want somthing that will be adequate for another 2 or 3 years. With GPU evolvong so fast, X16/X16 is surely going to be usefull in the long run.
do you mean for quadfire??
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#22
MN12BIRD
Holly Good Gawd look at the PCI-e slots! LOL at one PCI all by itself.

Oh and it looks like it can do 16x/16x can it not? Noticed a few people complaining about that but 2 of the slots have all the pins and the others are max 8x. I'm only assuming by looking and the fact that 790FX chipsets did 16x/16x so it would be silly if 890FX couldn't!
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#23
mjkmike
this board is just a little wider than a standard atx board. look at the screw holes and you will see they don't line up with the last express slot but with the second last.
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#24
mastrdrver
Who is the fail designer who decided to use the first slot, which is one of two 16x slots, to be the top one which gets taken up if you decide to use the useless heatsink they include? :nutkick: :shadedshu :slap:
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#25
MN12BIRD
That's true usually there is a PCI-e x1 slot there.
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