Tuesday, November 24th 2009

Gigabyte First with USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps on the AMD Platform

Gigabyte is readying the industry's first socket AM3 motherboard that offers the new connectivity features combo that is turning out to be quite a selling point in itself: USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps. Enter GA-790FXTA-UD5P, a high-end socket AM3 motherboard based on the AMD 790FX + SB750 chipset, that isn't just a revised GA-MA790FXT-UD5P. Apart from the star attractions of USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps, the board features a redesigned expansion slot layout, among other new features. The socket AM3 motherboard supports AMD Phenom II AM3 and Athlon II series processors with support for dual-channel DDR3 memory.

To begin with, the CPU is powered by a 8+2 phase VRM supporting 140W processors, with a 2 phase VRM powering the four DDR3 DIMM slots. The board supports DDR3-1866 by overclocking, while DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1066 are naturally supported. A Precision OV controller provides fine (small step) voltage control for the CPU, memory and chipset voltages. Instead of two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots on the MA-790FXT-UD5P, this board features three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (electrical x16, x16, NC, or x16, x8, x8, depending on how they're populated). Each x16 slot as one slot spacing which is occupied by a PCI slot. A lone PCI-E x1 slot heads the pack.
The component cooling is similar to its predecessor, heatsinks that are interconnected by a heatpipe, cover the CPU VRM, northbridge, and southbridge. All six SATA 3 Gbps ports the SB750 provides are assigned as internal, while an additional controller (usual suspect being the Marvell 88SE9123-NAA2) provides two internal SATA 6 Gbps ports color-coded white. Another additional controller (suspected to be NEC µPD720200), provides two USB 3.0 ports on the rear-panel. 8-channel audio with optical and co-axial SPDIF outputs, eSATA/USB Combo connectors that eliminate need for additional power input on some eSATA thumb drives, a number of more USB 2.0 ports and two gigabit Ethernet connections make for the rest of the rear-panel. Gigabyte is planning more models that feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps, namely GA-790XTA-UD4, and GA-770TA-UD3.Source: The Tech Report
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37 Comments on Gigabyte First with USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps on the AMD Platform

#1
[H]@RD5TUFF
Ewww AMD, why bother.

200 + for an AMD board, who would pay that? FOr that kind of money you can get a real chipset for a real proccesor.
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#2
devguy
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
Ewww AMD, why bother.

200 + for an AMD board, who would pay that? FOr that kind of money you can get a real chipset for a real proccesor.
Ouch. As opposed to a fake chipset for a fake processor? The 790FX chipset is one hell of a chipset. As for why bother with AMD, I think I'll save my breath.
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Jstn7477
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
Ewww AMD, why bother.

200 + for an AMD board, who would pay that? FOr that kind of money you can get a real chipset for a real proccesor.
Um, yeah. I have a $200 AMD Phenom II X4 955BE and a $200 ASUS Crosshair III Formula 790FX board (which lets me have control over almost every voltage and undervolt), which means that I have a top of the line AMD CPU/board combination. An i7-920 costs near $300 and IDK what X58 boards cost but I bet those are expensive. It's fast enough for me, so I have it underclocked right now using my awesome unlocked multipliers.

Did I forget to mention that a 955/965 is on-par with an i7 in games, yet it is almost $100 cheaper? I don't care if your CPU does better on benchmarks with its extra "logical" cores. Its how it performs in real life that counts, and how well it performs for the price. Oh, and I haven't heard anything about "socket burn" on AMD systems either.
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#4
Tom20
I think it's a bit too soon for this... That's just me.
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#5
Jstn7477
I didn't mean to put out troll bait for the Intel fanboi, but I figured that I needed to make a point to prove his "AMD is a fake processor and fake chipset" claim false..
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#6
[H]@RD5TUFF
Jstn7477 said:
I didn't mean to put out troll bait for the Intel fanboi, but I figured that I needed to make a point to prove his "AMD is a fake processor and fake chipset" claim false..
No one mentioned anything about fake anything, nor said anything about Intel, I think your AMD fan boy boner is showing.

Woops you got played. :slap:
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#7
Kantastic
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
No one mentioned anything about fake anything, nor said anything about Intel, I think your AMD fan boy boner is showing.

Woops you got played. :slap:
Cool story fanboy, anything else you have to say to embarass yourself some more? :D

Say hi to my ignore list!!! :toast:
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#8
[H]@RD5TUFF
Kantastic said:
Cool story fanboy, anything else you have to say to embarass yourself some more? :D

Say hi to my ignore list!!! :toast:
Whats embarrassing about bating itards into making fools of themselves ? :cry:

Also I feel honored that you dislike what I say so much that your intolerant enough to put me on your ignore list :toast:
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#9
wiak
a intel MB with USB3/SATA 6GBps and will cost the same as a AMD CPU+MB with USB3/SATA 6Gbps combo
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#10
Zubasa
wiak said:
a intel MB with USB3/SATA 6GBps and will cost the same as a AMD CPU+MB with USB3/SATA 6Gbps combo
Found this thing today.
This sucker is well over $200 right now :shadedshu

So you are better off getting a P55 board :respect:
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A Cheese Danish
Zubasa said:
Found this thing today.
This sucker is well over $200 right now :shadedshu

So you are better off getting a P55 board :respect:
I actually just found it for $185. A bit much I would say. But maybe it's worth it...
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#12
Zubasa
A Cheese Danish said:
I actually just found it for $185. A bit much I would say. But maybe it's worth it...
Go check out that 890FX-GD70 :laugh:
MSI brings "justice" across these lands. :roll:
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