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After displays of socket AM3+ motherboards based on AMD 990FX chipset, by ASUS, and MSI were pictured by various tech sites, it's quite expected of Gigabyte's offering to somehow make it to the web. Gigabyte is going full guns with its top AM3+ motherboard, with the GA-990FXA-UD7. Based on the same Black+Graphite+Gold color scheme as the socket LGA1155 "UD7" models based on Intel P67 and Z68, the GA-990FXA-UD7 comes with zesty dimensions that almost make it an EATX form-factor board, although it's not. The AM3+ socket is powered by a 10-phase VRM that is cooled by a long heatsink that appears to be contiguous with the northbridge heatsink, which in turn shares heat with the southbridge over a heat pipe. The socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 frequencies in excess of 1866 MHz.

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nomnom best slot layout iv seen, but I wish gigabyte had uefi bios. i hope the ud5 does not take away to many features. old plastic again tsk tsk
 

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nomnom best slot layout iv seen, but I wish gigabyte had uefi bios. i hope the ud5 does not take away to many features. old plastic again tsk tsk
It does have EFI, it will support booting from 3+ TB volumes. If it's a graphical setup program you're asking for, then Gigabyte has a program called TouchBIOS, which is Windows-based, but has the same functions as graphical UEFI setup programs.
 
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That's a misconception I'm sorry to say, Gigabyte is so far still using BIOS, BUT they've added the major functions of UEFI, such as GPT boot and support for 2.2TB+ drives, but it's a hack using Award BIOS (which by the way is no more). Their BIOS engineering team is lead by an ex Award guy and this is part of the reason why Gigabyte has been slow at adopting UEFI. On top of that, it's a big shift in knowledge, as UEFI is using a high-level programming language (I think it was C++) while BIOS is assembler code, so it's not like it's a quick an easy transition for the BIOS engineers.
 
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Why is it still ATi cross-fire ... shouldn't it be AMD crossfire now ... ??? :confused: ... or am i missing somthing here

BTW ... nice to have SLI on AMD ... :)
 
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You still have ATi in your sig...why don't you change yours? :p

Looks like a nice feature-packed board, and I'm glad to see Gigabyte's new color scheme trickling over to AMD.
 

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Looks like the best looking of the 990FX boards so far, and so many x16 lanes.
 

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If Bulldozer does in fact trump Intel, this would be the board I would look to grab.
 

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Agree. Love the "dark" layout:)
 
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You still have ATi in your sig...why don't you change yours? :p

Looks like a nice feature-packed board, and I'm glad to see Gigabyte's new color scheme trickling over to AMD.
Thats cos I had an ATi card back then ... :laugh: ... and yeah the board sure does look nice ... :D
 
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It's very nice to get to see all these boards we have recently but i really wish the bulldozer CPU's were out already as i find it hard to consider a board for a CPU I'm not even sure i want to buy yet :laugh:
Not that I'm complaining, I'm looking forward to more board news from more company's.
 
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You still have ATi in your sig...why don't you change yours? :p

Looks like a nice feature-packed board, and I'm glad to see Gigabyte's new color scheme trickling over to AMD.
yep it looks better than blue scheme. its nice, i like the yellow
 
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Only one LAN port? Seems odd unless they plan an even higher spec one? UD9?
 
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Looking at the back of the board, it looks like if you have just 2 graphics cards you lose the PCI if you want them both in x16 slots. Very odd. Maybe this is just a prototype shot and they will swap a couple of slots to fix that.
 
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Looking at the back of the board, it looks like if you have just 2 graphics cards you lose the PCI if you want them both in x16 slots. Very odd. Maybe this is just a prototype shot and they will swap a couple of slots to fix that.

there is nothing that can be done unless they make the second 4x a 16x otherwise you lose the air cap for duel cards and the layout would not not work for 4way. im sure this is the final product (note v1.0 on the board).
 
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Very desireable indeed.
This board is like the MSI 990FXA + ... 2!! :nutkick:

I was hoping we'd get to see the boards in advance so as to decide on the board first, then if the CPU is what it's supposed to be, pull the trigger.:)
 
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Why is the socket is different than the ECS?
 
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Best chose for AMD and Nvidia fun people.
 
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Yeah, Gigabyte doesn't seem to be interested in modifying their socket retention module to match the AM3+ standard like Asus and AsRock. But big whoop...

The angled SATA power connector on the side I assume is used to supply additional power to the PCIe slots? Beats the hell out of a random molex/PCIe power connector in an uncomfortable to reach (and hide wires) location on the board.

Looking forward to the UD5 model myself; who the hell needs this much stuff? </hides in the corner so people here don't chase after him>

The AM3+ socket is powered by a 10-phase VRM that is cooled by a long heatsink that appears to be contagious with the northbridge heatsink, which in turn shares heat with the southbridge over a heat pipe.
Contiguous, maybe? :laugh:
 
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Looks like Gigabyte didn't get the memo about the split cpu cooler bracket.
 
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It seems weird to me, but these high-end mobos designs were used only by intel side
This means only that amd this time will battle intel for sure
 
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putting eSATA on the rear without using a bracket is so stupid
they should included a dual powered eSATA>SATA Adapter instead
why? that way you can use all the 10 SATA or 8 SATA + 2 eSATA, you can choose
 
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This is the type of board that you sleep with for the 1st night before installing the next day.
 
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This is the type of board that you sleep with for the 1st night before installing the next day.
Shouldn't you be worried about catching an ESD?
 
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