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

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  1. MN12BIRD

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    That's true usually there is a PCI-e x1 slot there.
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    the pci e x1 slot is missing. the board is built like it has 8 slots, just the first pci e x1 slot was never put on the board. look at the screw hole placement.
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    Oh yeah I see the first 1x slot is usually right under that middle mounting hole and sort of above the NB HS too. So that 16x slot is actually where it would have normally been.
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    Exactly!

    At this price, they should have just put that oversize heatsink back in their pocket and gave me another 16x PICe slot even it would be 4x. I'd be a lot more interested then.

    Did they have extras left over from their X58 board that they needed to get rid of? Between that and the PCI slot its like someone had an "oh crap!" moment. :nutkick:
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    no unlock, no buy
  6. eidairaman1

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    TBH the way motherboard slots are its odd, they Should have the array like this, 1 PCI Slot at top, 1 PCI E 16X slot then a PCI E 1X slot then another PCI E 16X slot then a 1x slot then the rest of the slots for accessories. Tell You the truth most boards that support Crossfire 4 are single slot designs. I still don't care for on-board audio, it would be nice to have one of those SSD PCI cards even raid and a better ethernet board than whats included on board as of future expansion.
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    HS retention socket - blue, CPU socket - White, 2 RAM slots white 2 are blue, SATA 6 Gbps - blue, 3 Gbps white, expansion slots..hmmm.. ok 1 PCI slot and make it white :p
    Edit : For me, the F_audio header near the CPU socket is a fail. I am bit worried of my cables going everywhere.
  8. eidairaman1

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    thats when you have to be creative, my 12V 4 Pin power connector for the Motherboard is on the far left near the CPU and I have to route that cable a certain way along with the rear fans since they direct hook to the PSU.
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    You do get that there is six pci-e slots, you seriously need more :confused: Just to be sure as it comes up from time to time. You can use 1x 2x 4x 8x or 16x cards in any of those slots, bandwidth is just 4x 8x or 16x.

    And for the heatsink, it cools every hot component on the motherboard and it doesn't take any slots. It goes above the first 16x slots :rolleyes:

    Take this photo and line up the heatsink in your head with 'audio' and 'USB' words.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-30/164a.jpg

    No fail on this board, go buy it! :)
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    The ATX spec only allows for a maximum of 7 slots, so unless you built you own case the answer is no. :p
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    This board makes me want to grab a handful of Kleenex and unzip my fly.
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    As mentioned there are 7 board expansion slots, not 6 like normal. So the first slot is gone to use for that heatsink.

    As for the excessive PCIe slots....I thought it would be the same way with my P6T6. Now that I look at it, I can have two 5870s crossfire, my tv tuner card, and I can add in a SATA 3 card without problems. Now I wish I would have gone with the P6T7 since then I could get in a USB3 card without it having to go through the SB.

    I guess a compromise would have been add a 1x slot at the top for those who want to add in sound, but I still don't see the point of the PCI slot. I think it would have been nice to see them do a Workstation board with either one of those kinds or arrangements. If they would have then dropped the IDE and the FDD slots too, I would have bought it the day it came out.

    While I don't need a workstation board, like my Asus, they offer great flexibility when it comes to upgrades to be able to keep it around longer.
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    Ah now I get it. Normal boards end with this one's PCI slot, they have made a funky new size board with no form factor? That bottom PCI-E slot won't have a hole in standard ATX case, seems like it needs a full tower case and even then plenty of space below to fit. EATX case needed if you want to use all PCI-E slots.

    But the cooler doesn't take away slots, like my previous point was.

    edit: hmm, even E-ATX has only 7 PCI slots. This motherboard wont fit any case! :D Well found at least one that it fits, Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P80 (has 10 PCI slots)
    http://lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/upload/image/PC-P80/P80f02.jpg
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    No. Wrong on all accounts.

    Most boards have 6 pci slots because the "Northbridge" heatsink pushes them all down one slot. A few with 7 pci slots put a 1x slot at the very top. Most importantly....

    these all conform to the ATX format which work in all consumer cases that have 7 slots.

    This is not some weird board or abnormal. This is a normal ATX board that will work in a case that fits ATX boards with up to 7 pci slots. Therefore......

    the heatsink will take up the very first PCIe slot which is 1 of 2 16x electrical PCIe slots on the board.

    This board is not designed for air but water. Some nut head in PR decided it would be a good idea to throw that stupid, useless heatsink in there so that those who don't want water don't feel left out if they want the top Gigabyte 890FX board.
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    Remember water isn't for everyone, also I wouldn't really touch it with that considering just spending 1000-2000 on a machine. (Just saying is all spending all that money just for it to go down the drain due to a leaking/bursting hose, pump or waterblock)

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    You made me do a picture :nutkick: This is abnormal, I think you'll see how the screw holes match and would finally see that there is 1 slot room between the audio and PCI-E 16x (where the AIR sink fits). :) Above this, below normal ATX. Both have 7 slots, but this one needs 8 slots from case.
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    could someone sum up the differences between the 890x and FX board? is it only the dual lan and different setup of PCI E slots?
  19. eidairaman1

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    Amt of Bandwidth possible on the FX boards is higher than the X boards
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    Antec 900 Two

    So will this fit into an Antec 900 Two case?


  21. mastrdrver

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    Probably not. I don't think any mid tower cases fit XL-ATX. Maybe an Antec 1200 but I would check on their website.

    Just save some money and get the 890FXA-UD5. Same stuff as the UD7 without the extra stuff you won't need. Its listed on Newegg for 180 and will fit the Antec 902 without a problem
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    Will fit an antec 902 with NO PROBLEMS....... :toast:
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    Uh, no it will not.

    The 890FXA-UD7 is a XL-ATX. The largest board that the 902 will fit, according to Antec, is a regular ATX. I would hope that Antec would know what size boards could fit in their case.
  24. eidairaman1

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    XL-ATX, No such standard

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATX

    Most boards are either MicroATX, MiniATX, Standard ATX, or Extended ATX. Extended ATX is close to more of Server Market.
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