Monday, January 12th 2009

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 Motherboard Pictured

Following announcements by most motherboard manufacturers about their AM3 CPU compatibility lists, plans of motherboards based on the new DDR3-supportive platform socket have been coming to surface. After a list of eight motherboards by ASUS under the M4A and M4N series, Gigabyte's first motherboard based on the AM3 socket has been pictured. The GA-MA790FXT-UD5P is the company's first AMD motherboard that uses the Ultra Durable 3 construction, with 2-oz copper layered PCB, high-grade conductive polymer capacitors, and MOSFETs with lower RDS.

As the name suggests, this motherboard is based on the AMD 790FX chipset. It features two full-bandwidth PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots supporting ATI CrossfireX, four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting DDR3-1600+ MHz memory. The motherboard supports AM3 socket processors with TDP of up to 140W. A total of 10 SATA II ports are provided, six of which are routed to the SB750 southbridge, four to an additional SATA II controller. Other features are common with Gigabyte motherboards in its class, with high-quality 7.1 ch audio, two gigabit Ethernet connections, twelve USB 2.0 ports (8 external), and FireWire. Gigabyte is planning two more AM3 socket models: GA-MA770T-UD3P and GA-MA790X-UD4P based on the AMD 770 and 790X chipsets respectively.


Source: TechConnect Magazine
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33 Comments on Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 Motherboard Pictured

#1
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I'm looking forward to reviews on AM3 stuff.

:D
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#2
kid41212003
First AM3 board with DDR3? And onboard Power and Reset button.
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#3
Silverel
??

The 790FX chipset should have 4 PCIe slots, 790X should have only 2...

Aren't these supposed to be triple channel capable? Seems odd that there's 4 DIMM slots. I'd rather see 6.
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Silverel
??

The 790FX chipset should have 4 PCIe slots, 790X should have only 2...

Aren't these supposed to be triple channel capable? Seems odd that there's 4 DIMM slots. I'd rather see 6.
No, yes, no.

No, the 790FX has 32 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes to spare towards graphics, apart from other connections and its A-Link to the southbridge. So those 32 lanes go into making two x16 slots, or four slots that, when populated, arrange as x8, x8, x8, x8; or in 3 slot boards, as x16, x8, x8.

No, the K10.5 features a dual-channel memory controller, hence four DIMMs.
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#6
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Yay, been waiting for AM3.
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#7
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
Any release dates for AM3 boards yet?
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#8
KBD
cool looking board. nice to finally see UD series boards for AMD. Also would be great to see a 790GX board.
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#9
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Paulieg
Any release dates for AM3 boards yet?
Mostly will coincide with launch of Phenom II X4 945, 925. Spring 2009 / CeBIT. Companies will keep announcing/paper-launching their AM3(with DDR3 support) boards till then.
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#10
szulmizan
AM3 board with DDR3.. that's wow for me.. i read some where the AM3 platform will only use DDR2. good news..
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#11
ASharp
by: Silverel
The 790FX chipset should have 4 PCIe slots, 790X should have only 2...
Yeah, that does seem a bit odd. As btarunr mentioned, it's entirely possible for it to have only two PCIe slots but, in a lot of cases, it's rare to see 790FX boards have only 2 PCIe slots unless it's mATX form factor or something.

by: szulmizan
AM3 board with DDR3.. that's wow for me.. i read some where the AM3 platform will only use DDR2. good news..
Really? It's been known for a while now that AM3 boards support DDR3. It's one of the main reasons for the change from AM2/AM2+ to AM3. :)
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#12
adrianx
best looking card on AM3 for now


let the DRAGON OUT....
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#13
Gam'ster
by: KBD
cool looking board. nice to finally see UD series boards for AMD. Also would be great to see a 790GX board.
+1 i was thinking the same earlier on today, AMD have been lacking in the mobo's compared to intel as of late. Very nice board.
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#14
domy85
Definetly a huge bonus for AMD.
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#15
HolyCow02
This looks nice. Can't wait to see more of the AM3 boards. The 4 DIMM slots doesn't make sense to me still... an AM3 board supports DDR3, can you put DDR2 into them? I know the AM3 procs support both, so the boards will support both as well?
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#16
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
by: HolyCow02
This looks nice. Can't wait to see more of the AM3 boards. The 4 DIMM slots doesn't make sense to me still... an AM3 board supports DDR3, can you put DDR2 into them? I know the AM3 procs support both, so the boards will support both as well?
Basically it just uses DDR3 in 4 dimm configuration, just like Intel partners did with many x48 boards. You cannot put DDR2 in DDR3 slots.
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#17
erocker
by: HolyCow02
This looks nice. Can't wait to see more of the AM3 boards. The 4 DIMM slots doesn't make sense to me still... an AM3 board supports DDR3, can you put DDR2 into them? I know the AM3 procs support both, so the boards will support both as well?
How doesn't it make sense? Dual channel DDR3. It's the same as DDR3 P45 boards. Tri-Channel is a core i7 thing, it's memory controller is designed for it. AM3's memory controller is dual-channel.
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#18
LittleLizard
is weird that only has 2 pcie whereas most 790 fx should have 3 or 4.

i guess they realized that it will be more economical to put 2 since most people that do crossfire only uses 2 cards
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#19
juan adames
I'm still waiting for an AMD3 with nvidia support.
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#20
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Didnt really like ASus' offerings ( I dont think I dont remember) but this looks like it may be my board :D
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#21
LittleLizard
by: WarEagleAU
Didnt really like ASus' offerings ( I dont think I dont remember) but this looks like it may be my board :D
i support u, it looks very good. my only complaint are the floppy/ide ports placement. i would change the placement of the 24pin atx power with the ide, then it would be perfect :)
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#22
fochkoph
Excellent looking board, hopefully the trend for AM3 continues with news like this! Hmm, buyer's remorse kicking in about my recent P5Q Pro purchase. :ohwell:
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#23
KBD
by: juan adames
I'm still waiting for an AMD3 with nvidia support.
i wouldnt worry about that, it should be coming soon.
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#24
szulmizan
So this board will use DDR3 with Dual Channel memory..
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#25
KBD
by: szulmizan
So this board will use DDR3 with Dual Channel memory..
actually it will use DDR3 running in dual channel just like it did with DDR2
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