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GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD 990X + SB950
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066
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The 990XA-UD3 motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies. Featuring the USB3.0 controller, AMD 900 series motherboards allow users to take advantage of super-fast USB transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, delivering 10x faster data transfer compared to USB 2.0. Utilizing the industry's first Serial ATA Revision 3.0 solution via AMD SB950 chipset, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer native 6 ports of next generation high speed data storage devices support with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. The AMD 900 series motherboards introduce a unique hardware design with lower resistance fuses for ensuring lower voltage drops and providing more stable and plentiful power delivery. All USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices.

  • newegg Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU GIGABYTE's 990XA-UD3 motherboard is ready to support new generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ multi-core processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming. This motherboard features Split Power Plane, 8+2 phase VRM design and also supports 45nm AMD AM3 Phenom II series processors, delivering the great performance enchantment to system and ultimate scalability hardware expending.
  • newegg Multi-GPU Support with 2 Way SLI and 2 Way CrossFireX Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for either 2 way CrossFireX or 2 way SLI action (running at two x8 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
  • newegg On/Off Charge Technology GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger.
  • newegg 108dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio Playback All of GIGABYTE's 2011 motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience.
  • newegg SATA III & USB 3.0 Support GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards integrate the latest AMD SB950 chip for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering 6 ports native superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps) and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support. Plus, they also support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard USB3.0 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0.
  • newegg DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology) Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website. GIGABYTE DualBIOS is a proprietary technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • N/A
  • 6/18/2011 5:42:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this board

Pros: 1. am3/am3+ compatible
2. DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 (POST bios read my 2x 2GB DDR3 1600 ram at 1333, <auto> to [8] i believe fixed that).
3. 32gb available RAM (lot of room for upgrade)
4. ALL sata 6bp/s was nice, MOBO positioned kind of close to front panel fans in my antec nine hundred two case, other than that was snug.
5. ALL rear panel usb2.0 are labeled in red as 3x power, USB3.0 in blue. Easy to see and determine which plug is which.
6. I/o USB 3.0 is nice if u have an adapter for your USB 3.0 run through cables., I ran mine strait through case plugged into rear panel USB 3.0.

Overall I found this board to be very easy to navigate, even for someone who has not had much experience building their own PC. All power, data, and pci ports are labeled accordingly.

Heatsinks seemed to all be attached fairly well, had no wobbily caps. Came with all the sata cords i needed to build my pc with bare drives.

Cons: Had a few blue screen errors during windows install before I fixed ram in bios. So far so good after that!

Other Thoughts: Had a lot of fun assembling on this board, really pleased with my purchase.

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  • N/A
  • 8/17/2011 8:54:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Runs my 1100T and Vengeance 1600 ram at OC speeds very well. SATA ports 4,5 can be configured as IDE for the Optical Drives leaving ports 0-3 for RAID mode, Great feature!

Loads of USB ports!

Cons: The SATA feature was confusing at first, default is all drives in IDE mode, a few tweaks in the BIOS and all is well.

No USB 2.0/3.0 Front/Back header - not really a con since it's not in the picture, it would just be nice to have one.

Other Thoughts: Get a case with 2x USB 3.0 front ports to plug into the motherboard, or the internal USB 3.0 ports aren't usable.

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  • Techman112
  • 7/13/2011 9:00:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible Linux Board

Pros: GA-990XA runs without a flaw under Linux. booted and installed my Slackware 13.37 64bit system in AHCI mood incredibly fast, Sata 6GB/s boots my system and loads large programs and apps lightning quick and compiles huge programs faster than imaginable. i have this paired with a Intel 510 SSD, AMD1100T,4GB of ram plus a Gigabyte GTX460 with a Samsung 2TB drive and the performance is unbelievable. the onboard sound is better than i had hoped for, Gigabyte took a lot of care to make this board a powerhouse. the bios has so many features that allow you to spec your system in any configuration you desire. everything i have thrown at this system runs without a flaw. i seriously wanted to overclock it but after the results i have had so far there is really no need, and yes i really did try to push it to see what it was capable of and the results were nothing less than spectacular. thanks Newegg and Gigabyte.

Cons: just a MINOR con, i had to flash the bios to the latest release. F3 at the time of this review (7-11) and the board was a new release in May.

Other Thoughts: I spent months researching my build, I build custom computers for corporate customers, and work as a Linux Consultant for a fortune 500 company, i wanted something that conformed to the latest technology and would be future proof for at least 2-4 years, i was going to purchase the GA890GPA and then Gigabyte released this beauty .. i went for it and i could not have made a better choice. Me, Slackware, and this board will be a happy couple for at least another 4-5 years. i could have spent a lot more money and went with a Intel build paired with a i7 processor but that would be the same as lighting a cigar with a 10 dollar bill. :D buy it if you are in the market for a super AMD build, I'm impressed with this board to say the least and i have seen a lot of boards paired with a multitude of components.

Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
AMD Thuban 1100T
Intel 510 SSD
Samsung 2TB drive
4GB Kingston ram
Gigabyte GTX460 1024MB
Corsair TX750
Slackware Linux 13.37 64bit

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  • Admiral Grinder
  • 8/13/2011 1:57:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood MB, does support SLI

Pros: Full featured motherboard. Finaly a SLI board that supports AMD chips since Nvidia left the chipset market. Supports Phenom II 1100t out of the box.

Cons: Product box wasn't sealed.
Fan and IO headers could be in better locations.
I'm having issues with the onboard nic. It works great with Ubuntu and Windows 7. However when running Win7 and rebooting (or shutting down then) back to Ubuntu, the nic starts acting up. Drops connections for minutes at a time. I can go back to 7 and it works there. I found that I have to use the PS kill switch to reset it. I have the latest Win7 drivers from Realtek's site. I might need to get the linux drivers too see if that clears it up. (-1 egg, they should be on the ball about supporting major OS)

Other Thoughts: SLI does work on this board. The problem people is having is that Nvidia is slow at getting the driver out to support it on the AMD chipsets. You need driver 280.*. I had the beta downloaded but by the time I got around to installing it Nvidia released it.

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  • Iain Lightbody
  • 6/19/2011 8:09:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Detected my G.Skills Ripjaws X automatically at 1600 9-9-9-24 with a Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition. Able to run that ram at 1600 8-8-8-24 at stock volts. Was able to clock the CPU to 3.8Ghz with stock volts. Has x8/x8 for CrossfireX and SLI. Came with SLI bridge. CrossfireX works very well for my 5770's.

Cons: A little more than I wanted to pay for x8/x8 CrossfireX, but it has more features than I am use to from my old Biostar TA790GX.

Other Thoughts: DualBIOS is great for me as I've had many bad flashes in the past year. UEFI is great for 2TB+ HDD's. The first PCI is placed where you can actually use it if you have a regular dual slot cooler video card and you want to use dual graphics. I can't speak for the onboard sound as I use an Asus Xonar DS in the aforementioned PCI slot. Has more phase regulation than my previous motherboards. The heatsinks covering the voltage regulators are taller than expected, but not a problem. My heatsink (Arctic Freezer 64) slightly covers the first DIMM. Taller RAMsinks and CPU coolers will conflict. If I rotate my heatsink, I should be able to work fine with my RAM in the first DIMM.

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  • vppn
  • 7/17/2011 12:57:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow Up

Pros: Be sure to upgrade the BIOS to the new F3. After I did this, perfermance substantially improved.

BIOS upgrades are a snap with the BIOS software that is included. You do it right from Windows. Very easy to do.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: So far a super mobo.

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  • FX-Charlie
  • 11/24/2011 4:40:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat mobo for most folks

Pros: Gigabyte continues to deliver great mobos for the masses. I really like the quality components used on their Durable series mobos. This AM3+ mobo will see a lot of OC'ing with the FX series CPUs so the 8+2 VRM is a real advantage. What's not to like with this mobo?

Cons: Not many. I'd like to see a few updates on the BIOS to allow easier OC'ing for pros and hopefully this will occur as users provide more feedback to Gigabyte Tech Support. How could anyone be disappointed with close to 5.0 GHz. speeds on air with AMDs FX CPUs?

Other Thoughts: Building a PC today takes a lot of technical knowledge to get everything right. For instance when Gigabyte states that this mobo supports 1866/2000 MHz. RAM, that does not mean that older Phenom II CPUs will run the RAM at that frequency because the default frequency for those CPUs is 1333 MHz. not 1866 MHz. You might run some Deneb CPUs at 1866 MHz. by OC'ing in the BIOS and the Thurban CPUs may reach 2000 MHz. but there are no guarantees.

The FX series CPUs use 1866 MHz. RAM by default but many RAM vendors are just OC'ing their slower RAM to run at 1866 MHz. For this RAM to work properly you need to go into the BIOS and set the RAM to 1866 MHz. as the RAM by default runs at a lower frequency than 1866 MHz.

Every Gigabyte mobo is fully tested before shipment so if you install a mobo and some ports are not working it's likely because you did not install the chipset drivers that are included on the enclosed CD. You may also find newer drivers and BIOS at Gigabyte's website.

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  • DDR
  • 8/16/2011 6:37:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSLI dose work perfect.(UpDate)

Pros: With the new nvidia 280 drivers the sli on this board works perfect.I was running one EVGA GtX 560 ti 2gb card and when the new drivers came out I put in my 2 EVGA GTX 460 video cards and they run perfect.I did not leave them in but I ran most of my games to test it out and had no issues at all.This made this board perfect for me.AMD cpu and nvidia sli was so hard to find together on a board I wanted to run.Gigabyte hit one out of the park with this board.I took the gtx460's back out and put the gtx560 ti back in.I am ordering another Evga GTX560 ti 2 gb card from newegg in a few days and I am running the 2 GTX460's in my other gaming pc right now.They still have good performance but not like the GTX560 ti cards do.I have to say this is the best motherboard I have had yet.Try one and you will never go back to asus.I know because thats what happend to me a few years ago when the 785 boards came out.I found out that gigabyte's just better.I do like asus boards but I love gigabyte boards.

Cons: None..A super motherboard just became even better.I have not had 1 con to list.My board has been very solid and performed perfect for me.No bio's issues or any other issues with this board.

Other Thoughts: I have run gigabyte boards for years and I have had good solid performing pc's with all of them.I like asus boards but I have had audio driver issues with them.I also like the audio drivers better with gigabyte they work all the time.For the money I have not found a better motherboard yet.I can also say I have never had to return 1 gigabyte board yet.I have used hyperx ram with all my gigabyte boards and have not had any issues other than needing to set it to 1600 from 1333 in the bios.I have an asus m4n98td am3 evo 890a sli motherboard I am running in my other gaming pc with the 2 evga gtx460 2gb video cards on it.I have had a few audio driver issues with it and as money permits I will be replaceing it with this board also.Like I said I like asus boards fine, but I found out I love gigabyte boards when I tried one.

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  • Brendan Walsh
  • 1/7/2012 1:00:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, with current firmware

Pros: Fantastic features, clear labels for easy installation, sturdy, bulldozer CPU support

Cons: A scattered few programs had limited/no functionality, seemingly associated with my FX-8150 CPU. After weeks of research, experimentation, and head-bashing, I solved the problem by updating the BIOS to the most current, beta version. After doing so, my computer has worked swimmingly for everything I've tried. I understand AMD had a rough launch, but customers have to know what to expect here.

Other Thoughts: The BIOS I needed can be found here:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3901&dl=1#bios

And the utility to install it, called "@BIOS," is here:
http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/Utility.aspx

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  • Aaronius
  • 7/31/2011 10:20:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: This board has a ton of options for those who are trying to build an HTPC, as I was trying to do. I was able to get this thing posting and detecting every chunk of hardware I threw at it, which admittedly wasn't much. I had no problems getting it to POST and boot into an existing OS hard drive.

Cons: I realized too late that there were no IDE ports on the board and my lack of a SATA optical drive was almost a very bad thing. Fortunately, I'm a Linux man, and there are a million options for installation that don't involve cdroms. My biggest problem with the board is that I couldn't get it to boot from the bootable flash drive I made. I know it was a good drive as 3 other systems booted it. I tried for 3 weeks before I gave up and installed the OS from a different mobo and just moved the drives over.

Other Thoughts: Not really a con, but the BIOS can be difficult to enter. I still don't have the magic touch on the delete key to get in there on the first few tries.

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  • lahutchi
  • 7/21/2011 3:11:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Support for USB 3.0 (Ton of USB).
AM3 / AM3+ support .
SLI and CrossFire (comes with SLI bridge).
I really like the on board Audio, seems to perform as well as many cards.

Cons: SLI did not work with NVidia's latest drivers, took me days to figure out why it wasn't working.

If you plan to buy a new heatsink and fan for the CPU, make sure that it will fit with the memory being so close to the cpu and that the air will move in the direction you want. Board a new fan/heatsink and instead of blowing the air towards the back of my case, it has to blow either up or down at the bottom.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 Geforce GTX 560's with this board. After trying everything to get the cards to SLI I found a beta update on NVidia's website that made the series compatible with AMD chipset motherboards.

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  • Bacon
  • 6/21/2011 3:46:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Choice

Pros: SLI and Crossfire support on an AMD chipset
Bulldozer support
Affordable
Decent slot layout
on/off charge is great, I can charge my phone/ipod without the PC being on

I cant comment on the onboard LAN and audio as I use dedicated cards. If you want a cheap and effective network upgrade, get an intel nic for around $30. Lowered my ping by 15ms and reduced my jitter to nothing.

Cons: None right now, new bios already out, so dont forget to update that when you buy this.

Other Thoughts: CPU-Z reports the Southbridge as the SB850, from last year. It may be a bug in the software since this is a very new board. Will wait for an updated program before I get upset about false advertising.

AMD 955
8GB corsair Vengeance
4870
128GB Crucial M4 SSD

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  • N/A
  • 7/12/2012 3:07:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCan't recommend this board

Pros: Clean layout.

Classical style BIOS that is easy to navigate and tweak. May be a CON if you would rather have UEFI.

Completely ridiculous number of USB ports between the rear IO and internal headers (18 total I think).

BIOS can be easily updated from within the BIOS itself or during POST (assuming you can get to it! Read cons...)

BIOS is still being updated (which is a good thing... again read the Cons...)

Cons: The BIOS for this board is full of bugs particularly in relation to FX CPU's. Check the owners club thread for this board at Overclock dot net.

Northbridge cooling is inadequate. Ran so hot that my system would become unstable after a while. All other parts in my system are/were known good. Temp sensor would read a laughable 30 degrees yet you could fry an egg on its pitiful heatsink even at idle. System would randomly stall for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and intermittently display graphical artifacting with a known good GPU which still works fine in my previous mobo.

Horrible, HORRIBLE VDroop (as much as .025v) and dodgy, unstable voltage regulation in general. This things 8+2 phase is a joke. Load Line Control did nothing with my Phenom II.

POST goes by too fast for a USB keyboard to initialize, thus failing to register any key presses 2 of 3 times, making getting into the BIOS or using any other shortcut key during POST a complete cr@p-shoot.

More but I'm out of char

Other Thoughts: I was horribly, horribly disappointed by this board. Worked fine for the first few days and then went downhilll from there. It looked great and had everything I needed... aside from the 90 degree SATA cables shown in the pictures (that sucked a bit as my case can't be closed without them so I had to go overpay for them locally....).

Sending this one back for a refund. Guess I'll try again in another year when AMD gets their new socket and CPU on the market (or will switch to Intel if they still aren't up to par). Glad I decided to wait on getting an SATAIII SSD as my old boards SATAII would just kill the performance and make it not really worth the cost. Until then I'll make do. Don't want to end up with another 2 weeks of PC troubleshooting hell right now.

As a note I did receive the Rev. 1.1 of this board.

My rating is based upon this board flaws, rather than the fact that I got a bad part. Sucks, but it happens.

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  • Ben
  • 11/15/2011 4:53:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood mobo

Pros: This is a good mobo design with all the features I need and then some. I needed an extra PCI slot and the UD3 provides it. The 8+2 CPU power is also nice for OC'ing. This is a very solid mobo as I've come to expect from Gigabyte.

Cons: If your mobo doesn't have the latest BIOS and you purchased a FX-XXXX CPU you will need to boot the mobo with a Phenom II CPU and update to the latest BIOS which supports the FX CPUs. The supply channels should be clear of the mobos without the latest BIOS soon.

Like other Asian mobo makers Gigabyte is a little behind in fully updating their BIOS for the new AMD FX series CPUs. There are a few minor glitches for OC'ing that Gigabyte and the others are sorting thru for the totally new Bulldozer architecture CPUs, but nothing major.

It's recommended to update your BIOS if you are having any issues and report your issues to Gigabyte Tech Support online so they can update the BIOS if need be.

Other Thoughts: The default RAM frequency for the FX based CPUs is 1866 Mhz. but many RAM suppliers are OC'ing their 1333/1600 Mhz. RAM and advertising it as 1866 Mhz. RAM.

When doing this the RAM SPD is programmed to boot at either 1333 Mhz. or 1600 MHz., not 1866 Mhz. This is a RAM supplier issue, not a mobo issue. If your RAM is capable of running at 1866 Mhz., once you set it properly in the BIOS and save it, it should boot at the proper 1866 Mhz. every time.

Again for emphasis, this is a RAM supplier issue, not a mobo issue. The RAM is not programmed properly on the SPD.

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  • CoUNT
  • 8/25/2011 8:41:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsONE! One good motherboard! ah ah ah

Pros: 108 SN onboard audio. USB 3.0 and supports AM3 Phenom 1011T 6 core processor which some earlier "AM3 compatible" boards do not. User friendly BIOS set up and works great with Windows 7. I was acutally expecting to have to reformat my drive and reload Win 7 but the OS picked the motherboard and new CPU right up. Shocking to say the least. After a driver reload all was well.

Cons: DOES NOT SUPPORT IDE drives of any type. My faithful Pioneer IDE DVD drive had no home with this board. Had to get a new SATA DVD drive at 0 dark thirty at my local Walmart after not realizing this MB did not have the traditional IDE port.

Other Thoughts: always keep a fire extinguisher handy...

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  • Giovanni
  • 8/11/2011 1:05:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou know what I want.

Pros: Has all the bells and whistles. SLI ready, four ram slots, AM3+ ready. Bring on the Bulldozer!

Cons: Very clashing color scheme, I got a HCG-750 which is red and black. Gosh darn you, Gigabyte!

Other Thoughts: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb Overclocked @ 3.6GHz
PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC-BDL GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 92mm CPU Cooler
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W PSU
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • glitchhawk
  • 7/28/2011 6:59:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsamazing!

Pros: -Gigabyte
-high quality
-fast
-lots of settings!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: this thing is dang durable! this was my 1st time building a pc and i thought i broke this thing for sure. but it still booted up and worked fine no problems!

protip: don't forget to put the chassis screws behind the mobo on the case!

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  • N/A
  • 7/9/2011 3:01:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Solid board all around. Packed neatly with 2 sets of SATA cables, most only come with 1. Great construction, no loose parts or poor connection points. Everything on the board is clearly labeled, even the f_port has a block diagram under it.

BIOS is well organized with tons of options. Gigabyte seems to go a little more in-depth with option descriptions than other manufacturers do, so newbies and novices will have an easier time rummaging through finding what they need.

While it may not run cool, it doesn't run hot. Temps are well balanced even with some mild overclocks. Heatsinks are good quality and properly sized.

Recognized RAM at right speed and timings on first boot.

SATA ports can also be switched to e-sata. Great feature for people with multiple external drives.

Onboard audio is excellent quality and offers very little reason to buy a dedicated card.

Gigabytes 3 year warranty is a huge pro.

Cons: Stock BIOS is finnicky with my Phenom II x3 720.

Voltage increments for overclocking are stepped at .025v instead if .0125. Not really a con as most CPUs easily handle that big of a jump, but smaller increments offer better fine tuning.

SATA ports are placed in an awkward position.....right under my 6950.

Other Thoughts: Phenom II x3 720
8Gb ripjaws x ddr3 1600
WDCB 1TB sata 6.0
HD 6950 2GB

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  • haltrman93
  • 7/5/2011 2:51:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board (even for newbies)!

Pros: Everything came packaged neatly and properly and it worked on arrival. It's also a great board for beginners (unless all boards are user friendly) because it pretty much labels everything you need. If you need any assitance there's even a picture in the manual with detailed descriptions of everything.

It recognized my 8GB of RAM and the GPU right off the bat, but I still have to mess around with the BIOS to get a better feel for it as you are your own tech support.

Last, but not least, is that this guy is AM3+ compatible. I believe the Bulldozer series of CPU's is coming out this August so you can always upgrade in the near future if you want.

Cons: I don't know why, but the mobo wouldn't line up exactly with the I/O shield it came with. The majority of stuff did, but I had to remove a strip of metal so I could fit my PS/2 keyboard cable and wireless USB mouse "on top" of each other. Might have just been a noob issue, though :(

Other than that, I haven't found any issues with. I've only had it for a week or so, but if anything fails within 30 days to 6 months I highly doubt it will be anything on this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Awesome motherboard. I don't know a lot about the software and drivers it came with (software still confuses me) so I'll have to contact Gigabyte for a more detailed description of what stuff does, but this is a highly recommended board. I would definitely buy this again if I wanted to build another desktop.

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  • Hboy22
  • 2/20/2012 2:47:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Board

Pros: I haven't had a single problem with this board since I bought it. It looks fantastic, works perfect, and has the simplest BIOS I have ever seen. If your building a gaming PC that demands performance look no further than this board.

Cons: None

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  • GI Jane
  • 12/16/2011 10:43:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte is still the best in my experience

Pros: Gigabyte has delivered another excellent mobo in the ga-990xa-ud3. This is a classic ultra durable 3 model with quality construction and design. The 8+2 VRM is nice and can handle the FX 8 core CPUs without issue. Everything worked just fine out of the box, so it's a winner in every sense of the word.

Asus gets a lot of hype but I have found their mobos to be less reliable and RAM sensitive. The Asus mobos don't perform any better than Gigabyte mobos so I do not pay for hype and compatibility issues. Asus customer support in the U.S. is non existent in my experience. I've tried all the major mobo brands and Gigabyte still delivers the best perfomance and reliability.

Cons: The only con is I always seem to miss the Newegg sales on these...

Other Thoughts: As we see from some of the reviews here, some folks aren't sure what model mobo they have as there is only one version of the ga-990xa-ud3.

Every boxed CPU comes with a fan that keeps it below the max operating temp for the specific CPU. Unless your ambient temps are extreme you should not have excessive temps unless you have case airflow issues. Some hardware monitoring software has not been updated for the FX CPUs and reads incorrectly. Core Temp seems to read correctly where as HW Monitor and others may not.

When a few people have issues with a product and the majority do not, you can figure that the few may have issues with any or all products - like damaging the mobo and then expecting Newegg to warranty it. This is just ignorant. All mobos are fully tested before they are shipped so they don't arrive DOA

PC building is not for everyone. If it's beyond your skill set you should buy a Dell or something that comes with minimal tech support so you don't damage the hardware

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  • N/A
  • 12/13/2011 7:00:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: It was actually AM3+ ready out of the box unlike some of the other mobo's listed.

Cons: The I/O Shield seems to be slightly off center with the mobo's USB & audio inputs. It's not a big issue, just something I noticed and thought it's worth mentioning as its a little tough plugging things in because of it.

Other Thoughts: This mobo
AMD FX-4100 3.6ghz quad-core cpu
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4gb DDR3 1600 RAM - Part # wasn't on the compatibility list but it worked anyway.
Geforce GTX 560
550w 12V PSU - Might have to upgrade to a better one. Originally bought it with a different mobo that was DOA.

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  • Pyr0
  • 12/3/2011 5:53:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGood board for overclocking!

Pros: Board was tested with a phenom II x4 955 and 1100T. Both chips reached 4ghz stable with 1.475V or less. Tons of options for tweaking and overclocking for power users. Board has just about every option you can think of. Still features the core unlocker for people using budget chips.

Currently running the 1100T @ 4.1ghz 1.475V, 212 evo cooler. 16gb 1866 ram @ 1333 6-6-6-18. Lots of room to overclock the NB and HT on stock volts. Has dual bios so if you screw up your overclock, it reloads upon reboot instead of having to pull the battery everytime. 8 pin power plugin for cpu.

Cons: Advertises it supports up to 2000 mhz ram, which it might with bulldozer but using a deneb core I couldn't go beyond 1400, and the 1100t would crash if it went even 1 mhz over 1600. With that said, no need to get faster than 1333 ram unless planning to use a bulldozer chip.

Other Thoughts: Overall is a good setup, got 16gb 1866 ram but ended up tweaking it for 1333 with timings almost as tight as my ddr2 ram! Got the 1100T to boot windows at 4.7 ghz at 1.55v though anything beyond 4.1 was unstable (higher than 1.55v was not tested due to heat)

*Thuban users make SURE you disable turbo core unless you want lots of problems!*

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  • Dman5654
  • 11/23/2011 6:15:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME MB!!!!!!

Pros: This is one of the best Motherboards I have ever bought. I love how easy it is to operate the BIOS. Easy to set up. It runs great with the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T. I also read that you would have to tweak the setting so it would run 16gb of ram. I through the 16GB of ran in anyways and the MB automatically tweaked the RAM so it would run all 16GB. I was tickled pink. (If you want a FAST GAMING COMPUTER "I SUGGEST ALL THE PRODUCTS IN MY THOUGHTS")

Cons: NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other Thoughts: MB: This one
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 X2 = 16GB.
Video Card: XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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  • JohnnyBGood
  • 9/20/2011 10:56:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsHint: The memory controller is built into the CPU not the mobo

Pros: Excellent mobo design and function. Two PCI slots and the required X16 PCI-E slot. Ultra durable design and construction is just what it's name implies - absolute top quality. Gigabyte just keeps raising the bar and has a proper assortment of 900 series chipset mobos to meet all needs and price points.

For the person suggesting their mobo has a bad memory controller, it's worth noting that the AMD CPU memory controller is built into the CPU, aka IMC and is not on the mobo. If you're RAM did not function correctly it may have been improper RAM for the AMD CPU.

In regards to the USB ports not being accessible due to the alignment of the face plate, you need to align it properly so all the ports are available. Your case is probably the issue not the face plate. Some cases do not follow industry design standards and thus require special face plates.

Windows 7 drivers are included on the installation CD and if needed Win 7 will go online and find the proper O/S drivers.

Cons: People who have limited PC building experience should probably obtain assistance before attempting a build as they can create more headaches for themselves than satisfaction. 99% of the time problems are from lack of technical knowledge or experience.

Gigabyte does an excellent job of delivering a tested, top quality product so please take the time to properly install it. If you don't install it properly you can't expect it to function properly.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if we knew when the next BIOS update will be available to update to Zambezi/Bulldozer CPU models. Bulldozer should fly on these mobos with the quality VRM design.

It would be appreciated if the first RAM slot was moved farther away from the CPU area to accommodate large CPU HSFs. All the mobo makers should do this IMO even if it means eliminating a useless x4 slot.

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  • N/A
  • 8/9/2011 2:25:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsI like the Gigas

Pros: Lots of features. Easy to install and looks cool.

Cons: It's been a little while since I built a new computer but I thought mobos came with more than a couple of sata cables. No system speaker or screws or extras of any kind. Kind of stinks the box has no tape seals to tell whether it's been opened already or not. Had book and cd thank goodness.

Other Thoughts: This was my 3rd Gigaboard in the last 5 years, always a good experience. Took 6 days instead of the 3 I paid for to get from one state to the next. And ups really bashed up the box good but everything still works amazingly.

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  • DDR
  • 8/3/2011 10:40:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid motherboard.....

Pros: I have only had this for 2 days but it has run perfect for me.I just put it in and loaded everything up and I have not had even one issue.I used hyperx ddr3 1600 ram and it works perfect in this board.You may have to set it up from 1333 default to 1600 in the bios as I did.I have had to do this with many other boards over the years and the manual that this board comes with will take you step by step to do it if this is your first time in the bios.It's a 5 min job to set this.This is one of the best boards I have had to date..

Cons: None...Super board from gigabyte as all the other boards I have run from gigabyte.

Other Thoughts: I have 3 gigabyte boards and I have good solid pc's with all of them.
GA990XA-UD3 motherboard
hyperx ddr3 1600 ram with hyperx ram cooler
amd phenom II X4 975 cpu @3.6
coolermaster hyper212+ cpu cooler
xfx black ediotion 750wt power supply
evga gtx560 ti 2gb video card
wd c. black hard drive 750gig
xigmatek hdd cooler on hard drive
inwin dragon rider pc case with 10 120mm fans
xigmatek fan controlers on all case fans
hp optical drive 24x no blue ray
windows 7 64 bit os
I run all air cooling on this pc and the inwin dragon rider case keeps it super cool.
All this came from newegg and I have never had any issues on alot of orders over the years.Stay with a store you can trust to do the right thing when you do have a issue.Newegg has done me right on every order I have placed and thats hard to find the way things are now.

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  • FroBro
  • 7/15/2011 1:56:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Bulldozer Mobo

Pros: Support for AM3+ CPUs with full feature capability, unlike those other 800 series AM3+ socket mobos. Native support for SLI, Sata III ports and an excellent solid design.

Came with 4 SATA cables, two L-shaped and the other two normal.

Cons: That I couldn't this on sale since these mobos are so new.

Other Thoughts: This is my first personal PC build, I'm trying to enter into PC gaming but didn't want to break the bank. At the same time, I still want to try and futureproof myself and not spend more money than I needed to.

I've been waiting patiently for these 900 series chipset mobos, when my Phenom 955 starts to feel old I can simply replace the CPU without switching out the mobo. Also with the 990x chipset I can buy a second GTS 450 and run SLI at x8 when I feel like the lone card isn't enough.

Found this on another site for $139.99 w/ free shipping due to their $25 and over policy.

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  • N/A
  • 4/14/2012 1:33:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fit perfectly and booted up first attempt still booting up just as well 6 months in. Fantastic price.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Has worked amazingly well with my setup so far.
Setup:
Azza Solano Black/Red ATX Full Tower
Gigbyte AM3+ AMD 990X MOBO
EVGA GeForce 460 Graphics
Antec 550 Watt PSU
AMD Phenom II X6 3.3GHz 6 core processor
8GB G Skill Ripjaw RAM

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  • N/A
  • 3/9/2012 10:08:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellence

Pros: Superb.
Reliable.
Fast.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Buy one!

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  • Serron
  • 1/17/2012 12:54:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Gaming Board

Pros: Motherboard quality is great. Feels sturdy. It comes with all the features a gaming enthusiast would ask for: FX ready, SLI-CFX ready, supports 32 GB of RAM, and many USB ports. The VRMs on the board also have good heatsinks, for those who O/C their CPUs. I own an FX-4100, and had no problem at all O/Cing the CPU AFTER updating to latest f10g BIOS. More than ample room on the board for an SLI-CFX setup. Also, board is marked and labeled clearly, allowing for a fast install. Flashing the BIOS is also quick and painless with the Q-Flash feature.

Cons: No cons.

Other Thoughts: Update your BIOS if you want to use an FX chip. Most of these boards are being shipped with the 8g BIOS, which WILL allow you to use your FX chip, BUT may encounter an issue with your FX chip throttling at a lower GHz rate than normal (an issue I ran into). Aside from that, excellent board.

My computer
-GA-990XA-UD3
-AMD FX 4100 (O/C to 4.3 GHZ stable)
-Gigabyte GTX560 1GB SoC
-4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600
-Corsair H60

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  • Zach
  • 1/13/2012 7:24:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: All the great features, AM3+ support, Sata 3.0, usb 3.0, 32GB of memory.. the list goes on. I purchased a Phenom II x4 975BE with it, and everything is great. OC to x20 and get 4Ghz stable. Could go higher but see no need. Re-using my aftermarket heatsink & Fan, still getting good temps. Only 4GB memory on single chip at the moment till I can upgrade to 16 in a couple months. (Overall nice improvement from my AMD X2 6000+ setup)

Specs:
GA-990XA-UD3
Phenom II X4 975 3.6 AM3 (OC to 4.0)
C300 64GB SSD Sata 6gbs
EVGA Nvidia 8800GTS (oldie but goody)
4GB DDR3 PC3-10600
1TB Storage

Cons: None so far..

Other Thoughts: Consider the FXA if you really want to use SLI or Crossfire. I don't plan on it, so didn't need to spend the extra money for it.

For those that care:

NovaBench Score 736

--WEI--
Proc: 7.5
Mem:7.5
Graphics:6.8
Gaming Graph:6.8
PHD: 7.6

Avg Sequential read speed on SSD: 333.27 (average of 6 runs with AS SSD)

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  • MP
  • 1/4/2012 12:44:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThumbs up

Pros: Excellent MB. Easy to use BIOS, which recognizes any SSD I plug in without incident. Every feature that I could use is in the bios.

Cons: If you consider this a con; Update the bios if you are going to plug an FX chip in. My FX8150 wouldn't work until I updated the bios. The process of upgrading the bios is beyond easy. Just download the update on a thumb drive et voila!

Other Thoughts: Just a reminder for people who want to SLI. This board does provide that feature BUT only at 8x. The same board but the FX series will do SLI in x16.

I don't plan on doing SLI (over kill for my games), so I am good. I recommend this board to everyone whether you are a beginner or a technical user.

Hope this helps! Cheers!

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  • Dr. S. Cooper
  • 12/29/2011 8:49:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: BIOS is easy to use and everything worked great out of the box. This is the second Gigabyte board I've owned and never had a problem. The MOBO is clearly marked, so no need to look at the manual to identify components. Recognized my AMD FX-6100 CPU with no problems. Great deal for the price.

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: Using G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR memory. At first it was running it at 1333 but just needed to set it at the spec timings and bump up the CPU-NB voltage one notch and has been working great at 1866.

- AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+
- G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
- SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V
- GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X
- and an old fashioned NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

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  • enviropond
  • 11/21/2011 9:56:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte Rocks

Pros: This board rocks; I am only pushing a 4 core AM3 Phenom II cpu but I have a lot of power for Distributive Computing while still running CAD in Linux. I am pushing a workstation card and the Dist. Comp. is still running fine in the background. I do not know about gaming but this is a solid board for multi-tasking with no reservations!!!!

Cons: Non so far after 60 days

Other Thoughts: I just hope Gigabyte offerers more options in the micro ATX in the near future!

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  • aleaddict
  • 10/13/2011 10:46:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice layout, easy to setup.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I build a new computer about every 4-5 years. This is my first Gigabyte mobo and I am really impressed. There are only a couple things I would mention to prospective builders/buyers:

1. I could not POST using anything more than 8GB of RAM (4GBx2). I had to clear CMOS everytime I tried booting with all 4 slots occupied. I went into BIOS and changed my settings from AUTO to MANUAL. Default settings were 11-11-11-28 T2. I am using G.Skill DDR3 1600 Ripjaws so I lowered my timings to 9-9-9-24 T2 (manufacturer settings) and viola!! Now it recognizes all 16GB of RAM and at lower timings :)

2. Some customers complain about the RAM slots being too close to the processor. I am using a CM 212 Evo with Artic Silver 5. The Evo (or 212+) allows the fan to be adjusted for heigth. Using this combo, you will have no clearance issues between the HS/F and RAM.

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  • N/A
  • 9/26/2011 8:32:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Motherboard

Pros: There's a reason this motherboards one of the very best for the AM3 socket, the things a complete beast!
Tons of features solid construction, very few drivers needed for a windows install, and solid overclocking via bios. One thing I did hit that I didn't expect was the width of this board for an ATX it's rather beefy 3 screws across and 3 from top to bottom total of 9 screws. Compared to my older core 2 duo gigabyte it was an inch wider if not more. Despite that its a killer motherboard

Cons: None what so ever, Gigabyte motherboard though and thought its completely rock solid. Only every had 1 problem with there boards and they went out of there way to get me a new one with in 2 days when that occoured.

Other Thoughts: Case: Antec 900
CPU: AMD 1090t Thuban
MB: Gigabyte 990XA-UD3
Mem: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB
Vid: BFG 9800gt 1GB

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  • BryanWiz
  • 9/2/2011 6:37:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth every egg

Pros: Contrary to many reviewers, this board has been phenomenal from day one. I'm using the onboard sound (great!) and the MoBo works flawlessly with my SSD / scratch disk setup. Flashing the BIOS was simple using the included software, and the program used to OC my CPU, GPU and RAM from within Windows 7 is pretty useful.

Cons: The back panel to access the connections can be a bit tricky to get snug. I use the USB 3.0 on the front of my case, otherwise, it'd be a bigger issue.

Other Thoughts: Irregardless of whether you buy this for AM3+, or just want to ensure upwards compatibility going forward, it's another great piece of hardware from Gigabyte.

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  • Xiandrow
  • 9/1/2011 5:52:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price, just needs a BIOS update

Pros: Great for the price, I'm running an 1100T and Corsair Vengeance memory at 1600 just fine. Loaded with tons of features, the sata 3.0 ports absolutely scream with SSDs. I'm running Linux and have not had a single issue with driver support. I'm currently using TurionPowerControl to overclock from within Linux, and it works great so far.

Cons: The BIOS, while crammed with lots of great settings, was awful until I flashed the update. I honestly thought I had a bad motherboard at first. POSTs would take forever and would sometimes freeze, and I had a tough time getting into the BIOS some times. The F3 update took care of everything, so no big deal. The 1st PCIe x16 slot has a little tab to hold the graphics card in- that tab broke off way too easily. Everything still works so I'm not too worried about it. The 2nd and 3rd x16 slots have a nice little spring loaded clip on them, not sure why Gigabyte didn't use that for the 1st one as well.

Other Thoughts: After the BIOS patch, this motherboard is everything I wanted it to be. First Gigabyte product, and I'll definitely be buying from them again if this one holds up over the long term. I'm very glad that I didn't settle for a $60 'budget' board this time around.. worth every penny.

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  • Scott
  • 8/23/2011 10:30:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Great board - bios easy to work with, good value for what you pay versus what you get. Had two PCI slots that I needed for legacy cards I needed to use.

Cons: No IDE

Other Thoughts: Constructed my DAW around this board. Working perfectly from the first boot.

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  • N/A
  • 8/16/2011 8:55:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsVery Nice!

Pros: Good solid motherboard. Works very well out of the box without too much BIOS configuration. USB3, SATA6, support for 3TB HDDs.

Cons: BIOS needs an update. Its overall alright but there are a few things that need to be addressed one of which is the BIOS hanging when attempting to get into the settings along with not properly putting the PC to sleep from Windows.

Other Thoughts: Too bad its not on of their full Ultra Durable 3 boards. Not sure why its just classic but no big deal. Still has a 3 year warranty on it and I'm sure it will hold up just fine regardless.

Specs:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 w/ Zalman CNPS9500
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600
XFX Radeon HD 6570
WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA6
ASUS 24X DVD-RW
PC Power&Cooling 500Watt

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  • wouldchucksfly
  • 7/18/2011 11:51:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome!!!!

Pros: it works on highest settings on all games that I have tried(cod black ops and portal 2). I got 7.9 out of 7.9 in the windows performance test thingy

Cons: huge I had to modify my case fan to fit it in, but the hugeness makes it look that much more impressive. It's expensive.

Other Thoughts: it's awesome!!!


AMD Phenom II x6 3.3ghz-3.7ghz processor
Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 motherboard
GeForce gtx 580 EVGA graphics card
corsair vengeance 1866mhz ram
Seasonic 750watt power supply
2 raid 0ed western digital 750gb hdds
logisis clear acrylic atx case
Asus 24b1st dvd burner

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  • Dnizzle07
  • 6/24/2011 7:39:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI LIKE GIGABYTE

Pros: This board is a simple as you make it as long as you know what you're doing. Hooked up my x6 core AMD proc along with my DDR3 PC 16000 8gb ram with my SSD all that together equals one EXTREMELY FAST computer.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: all you really need is just 8gb of ram anymore is just money wasted, spinning tires and overkill

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  • N/A
  • 8/27/2012 1:59:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME VMware LAB setup

Pros: Bought a few of these after doing some research. Only owned one other gigabyte product in my life and was very happy with that. Usually a ASUS fanboy but seems like they have no love for us VMware users unless your buying a server product from them.

ESXi 5.0u1 installs outta box no modding/hacks to installer!!!
VT-x/VT-d(IOMMU) works FLAWLESS again FLAWLESS (yes your video cards PASSTHRU FULLY if setup correctly)
Nice Layout on the slots, can still use some of my older PCI cards (VOIP Card) and my cards QUAD PCIe 4x Ethernet.
SATA III, USB out the you know ;)
Did I say ESXi 5.0u1 installs FLAWLESS!!!
Opteron 3200 support (when prices drop I'll own)

Cons: AMD chipset gets too HOT for myself and researching shows its across ALL vendors for 990 series. Will need to spend about $80 extra on chipset cooling cause when something works this good I need longevity on this badboy (aka RUNNING STOCK NO OC)

No EIDE

IOplate seems spaced to far from Motherboard I'll have to look but not sure it's even touching (better for not shorting out motherboard? I dont know will have to research this more)

GIGABYTE needs to include more extras USB 3.0 header would of been nice

Other Thoughts: Setup board tested FLAWLESS purchased a few more of these for the LAB

Will be happy once I get chipset temps down with some active coolers

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  • N/A
  • 5/14/2012 6:54:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFANTASTIC

Pros: Easiest new build I've ever done. Everything fired up perfectly and the BIOS is easily the best I've EVER had to work with. Simple access to key functions and easy OC'ing (if you're into that). Great price too.

Cons: I can't even make a joke, here. This thing is just that good.

Other Thoughts: Current setup:
Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 Mobo
AMD FX-6100 3.3ghz unlocked CPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 2133 (PC3 17000) RAM
ASUS NVIDIA 550 GTX Ti Video
Plextor M3 128 GB SSD

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  • AyaneMatrix
  • 4/17/2012 6:22:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid

Pros: Definitely works on first boot with 8 gigs of memory installed. Even has a simple overclock feature that subtly adjusts the cpu voltage to get a bit more out of it without overdoing it. Also, it has SLI that my other board didn't have. Software updated every couple of months.

Cons: CPU overclock tends to make my 1055T a bit hotter than the norm, but I probably just need a better cooler, so I don't always make use of it. Some of the software is a bit necessary at times.

Other Thoughts: Other than that, this board is a rock solid replacement for my other ASROCK board that constantly had issues.

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  • SLIDER
  • 4/9/2012 12:47:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsStraight Up SATA3

Pros: This is a follow-up to my previous review.
Everything still good, except....................

Cons: ................... those angled SATA3 headers. VERY difficult to plug in SATA cables! Even after I ripped the lower half of my bays out of my case to get clearance.
GIGABYTE! Please go back to the straight SATA headers like my old 785 mobo. THANKS!

Other Thoughts: NONE

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  • N/A
  • 4/9/2012 11:14:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsMotherboard

Pros: *Works....
*Plenty of usb's

Cons: *Nothing so far :)

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  • N/A
  • 4/5/2012 12:20:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsNo problems

Pros: Price was reasonable. Installation was very straightforward. Appears to be very stable.

Cons: None.

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  • N/A
  • 4/1/2012 2:24:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsGood Mid range motherboard.

Pros: Motherboard fits my needs perfectly. Running it with the FX-8120 3.1 ghz Eight core processor and it works fine.

Cons: The only quip I have about it is that there are only 3 slots on the motherboard for case fans and only 1 where the majority of my fans are located. Its not a huge deal but I would have like to have maybe 1 more.

Other Thoughts: There is another motherboard that is very similar to this one. If you plan on using SLI or Crossfire then you need to go with that one as this motherboard has only 1 PCI Express 16x

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  • N/A
  • 4/1/2012 11:23:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsone of the best

Pros: it has a ton of the best features. looks awsome and raised my windows score by .2 on my processor and .1 on my graphics card. solid build too the actual board feels tough.

Cons: it is huge but i think it is standard for good mobos

Other Thoughts: only the top pci 16 slot has x16 bandwidth so sli is x8. but according to most benchmarks ive seen it makes very very small diference. Very happy with my purchase.

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  • N/A
  • 3/28/2012 4:57:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: All features work properly at speeds and timings stated.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Remember to use ESD protection when building computers. Even though the components don't seem to be damaged, a little static shock can cause problems down the line althought not immediately noticeable.

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  • Brad
  • 3/24/2012 10:34:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSolid board

Pros: Everything fired up right away with no problems and it's been running for about three weeks with no problems. Phenom II Black 975
8 GB GSkill 10666
Rosewill Challenger
XFX Radeon 6870
600W OCZ Modstream PSU

Cons: None

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  • N/A
  • 3/4/2012 5:29:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: easy OC and bios interface
everything worked fine first try
supports SLI

Cons: the sli mode splits it into 8x and 8x
they have a model that keeps it 16x and 16x
weird side mounted sata connectors

Other Thoughts: not a huge fan of the colors of the sata cables (nitpicking)
the sli being split 8x and 8x hardly bottlenecks if at all my midrange sli cards
mine came with the AM3+ bios installed but still needed a newer update but those worried about not being able to use the board before a bios update dont need to worry

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  • N/A
  • 2/9/2012 3:03:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Works as Described and works great

Cons: None so far.

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  • JB
  • 2/1/2012 8:54:49 AM
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  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsLove this Board

Pros: AM3+,will use DDR3 1866 dram w/o overclocking,USB 3.0, Dual Bios, Lots of settings in Bios to play around with.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I had to get USB 3.0 drivers from Gigabyte website. USB 3.0 ports did not work with driver on CD. Make sure you set the dram timing in bios to manual if using memory above 1333mhz. Even if you set dram to your memories actual speed you will get an overclocking error on boot and it will default to 1333mhz. I'm using 1866 mhz crucial ballistic 2x4gig.You don't even have to change the dram timing it just has to be on manual instead of auto.My board worked with AMD FX-4100 straight out of the box, it has BIOS F8 which will work with FX CPU

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  • Smeegle
  • 12/31/2011 10:11:55 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsFirst Gigabyte MB

Pros: Many features.
Good quality on board assembly.
Very good manual.

Cons: As another review has stated the PCI locking clip broke off while swapping out the Video Board. I have built many systems in the last few years and never had one break. Lucky for me the board (Radeon 6870) seems secure W/O it. Boot time seems very long for some reason.

Other Thoughts: This is my first GB board and besides the minor cons the over-all quality seems good. The manual is the most detailed and complete I've ever seen and this would be good for a first-time builder. The fragile locking clip appears to be a design issue. I would consider buying GB brand again.

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  • djroger
  • 12/29/2011 3:43:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsLOTS of options

Pros: More options than I needed, but I DID need the extra SATA ports and USB3. Worked right off with no problems.

Cons: nore so far

Other Thoughts: If setting up for hot swap SATA, set the BIOS for it before you install the OS. Learned the hard way. Windows 7 did not like the change made after that install and refused to boot. A re-install fixed the problem.

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  • red
  • 11/23/2011 6:36:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Came fast...plugged in a new fx-4100, Sapphire 5770, wd sata III hd worked great...It is an upgrade setup for the wife so no mods, oclocking, she even wanted to keep xp....she is a happy camper now

Cons: Was not free

Other Thoughts: If it lasts it is a good buy.

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  • BenShami
  • 11/17/2011 6:46:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
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5 out of 5 eggsQuality Board

Pros: VRM has plenty of overhead for overclocking, PCI options are a step up from a standard board, Ultra Durable 3. I found the instructions easy to read and follow so the set up was a snap. I was replacing a motherboard and cpu. I got a post beep on the first try.

Cons: None, I saw several comments on people unable to do AHCI. When you upgrade to the new motherboard windows might go to a default hard drive setting of IDE, mine did ... its not the board... its windows... do a regedit from your run window on the start menu of windows and edit the msahci\start register. default is a 3, change it back to 0 and reboot to your bios and change it from Ide to ahci. google IDE to AHCI and you will get all the sub file steps for the register edit files and complete instructions.

Other Thoughts: case antec 300 Illusion, cpu FX 4100, memory 2x4 gig Gskill DDR3 1333, Motherboard GA-990XA-UD3 am3+,psu corsair TX 650, LG Blu-ray burner, Lite-on DVD burner, Samsung P2570 monitor, Powercolor AMD Radeon 6870, Zalman cnps 5X cpu cooler, OS windows 7 Home Premium.

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  • N/A
  • 8/22/2011 8:16:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: really easy to work with, great for the gamer who needs an affordable MB. great technology available, built for the future AMD chips, plenty of I/O

Cons: only 6 internal SATA ports

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  • MadBone
  • 8/22/2011 12:00:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
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4 out of 5 eggsFlimsy PCIe 16x

Pros: The list is long... short: It has everything you need to gain performance and be sure to have some left for the coming years.

Cons: When I installed my XFX Radeon 6790, the lock broke off. The 16x slot is the only slot using a cheap hard plastic lock. The 8x and 4x have a little extra part built into the lock to avoid this issue. Why did GIGABYTE save 0.5 cents and didn't use the same mechanism on the 16x slot? Might stay a mystery. This is not my first rodeo when it comes to building computers, never had this problem. I didn't bend it further than it had to be bent to get the GPU in. Promise.

Other Thoughts: I am not done with the built. Just had 1h lunch. Hope it will work without problems despite the little lock missing...

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  • N/A
  • 8/20/2011 11:47:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good, SLI users beware

Pros: This board is solid right out of the box, everything seems to be working great, Nice BIOS features.

Cons: If you plan to SLI Beware, i am running my Two ole GTX 280's and they barley fit, had to play with it a little. *There just isn't enough space between the cards, cooling will be meh*

Other Thoughts: -InWin Dragon Rider Case
-24" Asus HDMI 1080p
-Cooler master 1000W 80*plus cert
-Gskill Sniper ram ddr3 12800(1600)
-Phenom II X4 965 Stock, TX3 CoolerMaster
-1TB Samsung

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  • sb743
  • 3/8/2013 4:30:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGood Board, but Fear the Rev 1.0's

Pros: -Good Board, Paired with my PII X6, it was unstoppable for two years, until... (See cons and other thoughts)
-Good Price for what it can do
-Many USB ports, including 3.0
-Nice BIOS setup, easy and quick to OC anything
-Q-Flash is amazing for BIOS updating, quick and painless
-Still going strong after 2 years
-Sexy blue design

Cons: -Rev 1.0 boards do NOT have LLC, which can make OC'ing and running come CPU's impossible to do without the dreaded V-Droop, and can cause instability
-Personal Quirk, but those SATA connectors are an annoyance
-Some of the FAN pins are in really inconvenient places
-The back pannel didn't match up with the mobo, cutting off the USB slots, and forcing me to cut it in places to compensate (prob an issue with mine, no biggie)
-The LAN driver needed to be installed, so new installations of windows needs to have the driver on hand before the internet will work
-Another personal quirk, so it won't take points off, but the other 1x slot gets cut-off with my 580 installed. This is bad because I use two 1x capture cards, and one of them is forced into the bottom PCI slot because. Which leads into...
-Bad SLI design, if you plug ANYTHING into the PCI X16 slot under the top one, it makes both run at PCI X8. I didn't know about this until I read about it on their website, since they mention it NOWHERE ELSE, and immediately switched it into the bottom slot, which fixed it. I understand design and limitations, but a friggen' warning would've been nice, besides the fine print on a page that I didn't even see for the first two years.

Other Thoughts: Story time, so brace for paragraphs. I do apologize for this.

I originally got this Board because my Previous board wasn't compatible with the then brand-new and amazing Phenom II X6. It ran perfectly with NO issue for two years, until I decided it was time to learn how to overclock. To my surprise, despite the reviews raving the easy overclock, I was finding difficulties getting a stable clock above 3.5Ghz. Bluescreens, blackscreens, you name it. I thought it was my inexperience and passed it off, until I finally decided it was time to upgrade to the FX-8350, something I needed for my internet gaming show (since streaming takes up so much CPU power). I didn't have the cash to make the switch over to a big intel, so I just up and purchased the FX chip, since my MOBO was compatible, and flashed the BIOS with the compatibility update.
When the FX chip got here, I tried it in the unit, and lo and behold, it worked. However, a few days into owning the new unit, something started to happen, under a lot of stress, the PC would just up and blackscreen into oblivion, then restart. This killed my server that I was running, and made my bad pretty sour. I then started running stress tests, and it was blackscreening pretty consistently, almost guaranteed. This was at default setting, stock everything. I read up and found out that the Revision 1.0 boards, which I had, didn't come with Load-Line-Control (LLC), and as a result would cause V-Droop during stress, which can cause a blackscreen. I tried to overvolt, but nothing, the V-Droop was too much and my PC was just unusable as a result. I tried all of the methods to fix the issue I could find online, but the only thing that saved me was underclocking it to 3.4Ghz, at 1.3V. It's barley more powerful than my X6, but it'll have to do.

I already bought a new MOBO, one that's built for the Piledriver, but I'd thought I'd share this little story, as an learning lesson to anyone that has any similar issues. It's always best to research these things, or else they'll come back to haunt you.

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  • SUPERFLY013
  • 1/26/2013 7:33:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsAWESOMENESS

Pros: This board is awesome. Has great support more the most part and overclocks very well

Cons: Doesn't liked memory clocked any higher than 1600 and doesn't support dual x16, only x16,x8. Heatsinks could be a little better looking( just being picky)
Needs one more fan header

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard for running a great system Would bu again

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  • N/A
  • 8/28/2012 9:44:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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4 out of 5 eggsbad driver?

Pros: seems stable now

Cons: the chipset driver from manf website (same ver as CD) causes blue screen crash. if i don't install the chipset driver it seems fine.

Other Thoughts: running windows 7 ultimate 64bit.

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  • HBTechnoDude
  • 8/19/2012 8:45:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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4 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: I liked it because it worked well, and had most of the ports I needed. The bios was easy to use and seemed easy to overclock with.

Cons: I didn't like it because It didn't have enough fan ports on it it only has 3 and 1 cpu one.

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  • Snakepittnow
  • 8/13/2012 9:39:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsPls Read

Pros: Works Great NP but 1.(Bios) See in pros

Cons: mobo came with f10 bios gave me intermittent boot problems. flashed to f12 everything is good. I used the @Bios that came on dick and worked perfect also someone else says it wont work with usb Keyboard I own 3 giga 990 and 2 970 all work perfectly with usb keyboards. I love gigabyte and Asus.
Since everything is good not eggs to take away...

Other Thoughts: not at the moment but have a nice Day!

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  • N/A
  • 8/6/2012 10:00:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very easy install and easy to read manual.
also love the 6 sata 3.0 ports.

Cons: sont think i will be crossfiring but second pci express slot is x8. no biggy for me.

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  • LV
  • 6/18/2012 3:17:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsNice Board...while it lasted

Pros: Lots of features, easy to configure, a real appealing board on paper.

Cons: Board fizzled about 45 days in after normal non-OC use. Once that happens you are outside of RMA and Gigabyte doesn't care to know you either. Still waiting on a response from Gigabyte's Tech Support....but I'm not really expecting to get one either.

Manufacturer Response:

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  • DDR
  • 6/9/2012 1:17:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsOver 1 year now and still going strong..

Pros: I have had this board over a year now with no issues.I got it when it first came out and have run it with a AMD phenom II X6 1100t cpu and 16 gigs of hyperx ddr3 1600 ram.It has went thru many video card and power supply updates and has had perfect performance for me.
I now run 2 evga gtx580 ultra classified 900MHz 3gb cards and a xfx pro1250wt power supply with this board.
I have not went to the fx cpu's so I can't say how that works but I have run from the AMD phenom II X4 955 to the 1100t cpu in it and all run solid for me.
Gigabyte boards last well and performance is solid.I have 4 gigabyte boards now and have had no issues with any of them.
I would get the gigbyte ud5 board if I ordered another 990 board but to tell you the truth I like my G1 X58 intel gigbyte board best of all.It gives me better performance gaming with the i7 intel cpu and 24gigs of ddr3 ram and thats what counts in the end.
For the money this is a hard board to beat and I have not had 1 issue with it.

Cons: None...Works for me eveyday....

Other Thoughts: I have 3 gaming systems and I can tell you for sure gigbyte boards are solid high performance boards that have lasted well for me.
I am building another intel system with the Z77 gigbyte G1 sniper 3 board and the intel i7 2700k cpu now.I like the intel cpu's better but they do run more money to build.Over the years I have found the performance of intel chips better with better overclocking.I like both chips but thats just how it is.
If money is tight right now this board will run most games and sims with the better parts add to it at solid fps around 60fps or better.You will need a evga gtx560ti 2gb or better video card or 2 to do this but every game or sim dose not need to be run at 120fps to have a good solid playback on your monitor.I have found anything around 60fps to be solid and have had no issue playing anything running around 60 fps.
In the end this board has lasted well and given me solid performance anytime I hit the power button.

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  • N/A
  • 6/8/2012 3:04:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Good price, and excellent amount of RAM space.

Cons: Positioning of the SATA ports makes them a little difficult to get to once the mobo is installed, but that's a pretty minor thing.

Other Thoughts: Had some issues detecting my graphics card at first, some kind of driver issue. Had to switch things back to original set up and reinstall drivers. Worked perfect afterwards.

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  • N/A
  • 6/2/2012 6:29:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Great Mobo has been working flawlessly for me since I built my system in January 2012. Easy build / great labeling instructions for my first Full PC Build. Lots of great goodies, USB 3.0 and pass through charging.

Cons: None

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  • lawdude
  • 5/13/2012 5:15:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSimply Awesome

Pros: Well designed, lots of flexibility as far as component add-ons. Well documented.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This mobo is everything most people need in a build board.

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  • ogi
  • 5/6/2012 4:17:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsgigapower

Pros: am3+
16 Gb up to 1800
8 USBs in the back, 2 (potential) in front - 10 total
amazing core for top notch gaming pc
many PCI-E slots
Allows for a cheaper yet more powerful build than Intel

Cons: a little hard to install the back plastic covering the USBs and plugs, but eventually it will fit.

Other Thoughts: I run my 16 Gb Gskill ripjaw at 1720 for 9 months.
No crashes.

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  • Hero1337
  • 4/25/2012 4:54:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!!!

Pros: To start this board has many great features to it! Everything runs very well, and I don't see any problems with the boot screen taking long to move to the next step like others have complained. Perhaps they got bad boards, or slower systems, whichever the case this board has proven to me very very well. I am still yet to test out the FX series processors, but so far everything else works great!

Cons: Non that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Many of extra features!!

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  • havoklee
  • 4/25/2012 11:53:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
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4 out of 5 eggsraid no go

Pros: 8phase power a upgrade from my old 890gx board with 4phase. nice features and good lay out for pci cards.

Cons: for some reason the gigabyte raid drivers wont load when trying to install windows. windows sees the drivers as not applicable to the hardware. cant seem to figure this out even tried the drivers from gigabytes website

Other Thoughts: will wright another review later if i can get the raid to work and actually install windows

win 7 ultimate x64

phenom2 1055t
gigabyte 990xa-ud3
2x hd6850
8gigs gskill 1333
700w rosewill green 80plus
2x 500gb sata seagate hhd

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  • N/A
  • 4/21/2012 10:13:54 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Solid, accepts USB 3 header, good value at the time

Cons: Included tuner is kinda clunky.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace a similar board from another manufacturer that was fried. Had it for seven months and has been great so far. Included tuner is kinda awkward to use and could use some more features.

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  • Yu
  • 4/21/2012 5:34:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
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4 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

Pros: Nearly everything you could want is here, unless you want to go just a little more extreme with sli or crossfire graphics cards.

Cons: The slots are pretty close together, but thats fairly common, the graphics card I got with the motherboard Left no room to use 2 or 3 of the other slots on the card, which wasn't a problem for me really, but it could be a potential issue down the road.

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  • Slider
  • 3/20/2012 12:25:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsAll the new stuff - for now!

Pros: Has all the new stuff - SATA3, USB3 & USB3 header on mobo. Those heavy copper printed circuits are great.
And more power for external USB devices/drives.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Went from a Gigabyte 785 to this new 990 mobo instead of just upgrading the old board with expansion cards (i.e. USB3, SATA3, etc.). Cost a little more but driver issues, etc. should be less of an issue? And it has two PCIEx1 "shortie" slots so I can upgrade this board when SATA4 and USB4 arrive. The industry must get their "pound of flesh" from time to time.

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  • Thoughtless
  • 3/14/2012 10:30:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: This board is great zero problems runs great with my 8core CPU. And I live the fact it supports 32gigs. Thus my first gigabyte board and for now I can say it won't be my last!

Cons: None really. Just didn't like how well the plate lined up with the shield that was provided a lil bit off but nothing to cry over

Other Thoughts: I would suggest getting this board.

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  • D4rk4ng31
  • 3/14/2012 8:31:10 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is a solid Motherboard. I'm quite pleased with my purchase. You usually can't go wrong with Gigabyte. Get one you won't be sorry.

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  • N/A
  • 3/4/2012 10:53:44 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsLOVE IT!

Pros: Its a very sturdy and good looking motherboard. It's overclocking ability is great, not as easy as some motherboard (theres no auto OC or OCgenie) but i prefer it that way. If you know how to overclock it can be done with ease. I have my FX-6100 at 4.2ghz with room to go high just waiting on a new CPU HSF. Good board for the buy but if you have the extra cash I'd get the 990FXA-UD5 but I was building on a budget and this one was $50 less with the combo I ordered.

Cons: The sata slots are at a 90 degree angle coming off the board facing the front of your case. So with my case setup i have to open the right side of the case to plug stuff in. I would typically do this anyway because i like to zip-tie the extra cable to the HDD rack to minimize clutter.

Other Thoughts: Its pretty!

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  • N/A
  • 3/3/2012 1:09:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Heavy duty, doesn't feel like I'm going to snap it in half when I install the cpu heatsink. I paired it with the amd 6-core bulldozer and everything went perfectly well!

Cons: none, works perfectly for my above average build

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  • N/A
  • 3/1/2012 9:08:48 PM
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  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsI love it :)

Pros: Everything, holds everything nicely, looks cool, and the handbook makes it REALLY easy to plug in all your power supply cords.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Sooo much cheaper than Asus mobo's. And still VERY nice. Great save one money.

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  • Ryan
  • 3/1/2012 10:32:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
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5 out of 5 eggsThis thing's awesome

Pros: Replaced previous Mobo, started, recognized my components and booted to windows faster than I could get into BIOS and make sure everything was recognized.

USB 3, SATA 6Gb/s. 6 USB 2 ports. 2 System fan ports.

ATX AND SLI compatible.

Bought this to fix a compatibility issue with AMD FX 8120 processor and playing steam games. No longer have an issue, so...hooray!

Cons: Had to adjust speed, timings, & voltage for my RAM.

Rear chassis fan on my Cooler Master haf 912 only barely made it to the Sys_Fan_2 port on the MB. I'll have to get an extension cable.

One of my USB 2 ports was bent a little. I was able to unbend it and it works fine.

SATA ports plug in parellel with the motherboard - kind of hard to get plugged in.

None of these are really a problem at all.

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  • N/A
  • 2/27/2012 10:02:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsVery nice board

Pros: This is a very nice board for any Phenom II or future AMD AM3+ CPU owners. Plenty of SATA ports, USB headers, fan headers, and good placement of items/accessories.

Cons: None.

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  • wecelliott
  • 2/26/2012 2:36:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsgreat update

Pros: Used this board with FX6100, it loaded and booted fine,looks like going to be one that will last a few years.
I hope so my old AS Rock was 6 years old.

Cons: Running easy tune 6 and passmark they both show my memory as 667mhz. I have 1600mhz Corsair Vengance installed, I e mailed Gigabyte they came back with a fix that made computer unstable had to revert back to default.this may not be a issue at all as Windows shows the memory score at 7.5 on index.

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  • Kimbosaur
  • 2/20/2012 10:33:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsVery nice board

Pros: Being my first venture into AMD architecture I was a bit apprehensive when purchasing this motherboard. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by how easily it set up and recognized all my hardware. Very easy to work with in the BIOS as well.

From what I have learned AMD boards are not often SLI compliant and this one is. Very happy with the board.

Cons: Unfortunately vid slots 2 and 3 are X8 and X4 rather than x16.

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  • N/A
  • 2/16/2012 1:50:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Love this motherboard, gigabyte has done it once again! Affordable, it stays cool, nice setup and easy bios.

Cons: none

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  • N/A
  • 2/12/2012 2:36:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsAfter some tweaking

Pros: Very comprehensive BIOS settings. Suports lots of cool stuff and is built very solidly (has very nice chipset heatsinks).

Cons: No ATA slot for my old CD/DVD... I only used that once a year anyway, though.

Took me a day or two to work out some intermittent crashing issues I had-- I had to fiddle around with the overclock settings to get my system stable (even though I wasn't trying to OC) this is with FX6100 and 16GB Corsair Vengeance kit.

Other Thoughts: Onboard audio has worked fine, don't have any USB3 to test.

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  • N/A
  • 2/11/2012 4:23:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works as intended.

Cons: Can't think of any so far.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this board to anyone looking for a decent board.

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  • User
  • 2/8/2012 1:26:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGood mobo

Pros: I'm running 16 gig RAM, a AMD FX-6100 Zambezi and an XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 playing games on 3 21" wide screens and having the time of my life doing it.

Cons: I have no complains right now

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  • Rob
  • 2/7/2012 2:59:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat mobo!

Pros: Detected RAM properly, everything worked as expected, couldn't be happier.

Cons: AMD's virtualization wasn't enabled in the BIOS by default, found that sort of odd, but other than that I don't have any complaints about this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Very pleased with this board, would buy again.

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  • XOLiD
  • 2/5/2012 11:30:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Extremely solid and well-built board. The BIOS for it is amazing and extremely easy to navigate, overclocking is super simple (granted you know how)

Cons: Can get hot, the SATA ports are a little awkwardly angled.

Other Thoughts: Used in my first build, would recommend in a heartbeat.

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  • N/A
  • 2/4/2012 10:14:06 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGREAT MB!

Pros: Extremely easy to OC, no problems during set up, and I was able to update the bios from a flash drive before I even installed the OS.

Cons: None really, but the bios menu doesn't look as fancy as the ASUS board's

Other Thoughts: Works great with my AMD FX 6100.

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  • BartmanLA
  • 1/30/2012 8:25:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGigabyte does it again

Pros: I have tried many mobo companies in the past, but always keep coming back to Gigabyte, I'm not a OC'r so doing tweaks and overclocking isn't important, what is is dependability, quality and a company that doesn't treat it's customers like they are clueless. This board has tons of features that I really like, the layout is outstanding (expect for the one thing noted below) I know I will always look at Gigabyte for my first choice in Motherboards as long as they build them like this one!

Cons: If there was one thing I would complain about it would be the SATA ports, the design of them facing off to the side of the mobo causes a lot of connection issues in standard ATX cases. The old way is much easier to access for connections and wire management. I dinged it one egg, I know it's not NewEgg's fault but I hope this gets back to the company and they re-examine their design.

Other Thoughts: I have assembled 3 systems with this mobo, 2 for others and one for myself, absolutely no driver issues in Windows 7. New Touch Bios is amazing feature that should be standard on all motherboards!

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  • Brentski
  • 1/21/2012 11:30:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsFirst Build

Pros: Great board for the price. Looks snazzy (who cares, right?) and I love that it's got the compatibility to work with AM3+ for future proofing even though I went with an AM3. Overall it's got a really nice layout, good utilities are included, and straight forward manual, which was nice considering this was my first build.

Cons: I wish it had 1 more fan connection, but maybe I'm getting a bit greedy.

Other Thoughts: I've really liked it so far.

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  • DJA
  • 1/20/2012 6:21:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsSolid Board

Pros: This board is a great value. It has great features, but also has high quality capacitors which made my decision easy (I lost a board to capacitors).

Cons: No quick boot option in bios- it does a hardware test at each start up adding several seconds for us impatient people. It looks like it does run a little warm, so I recommend good airflow in your case. It has smart fan, but no manual fan controls in bios. I have a couple of fans that run loud at 100%, so I always set them at 75%- smart fan seems to be doing OK, I just prefer to do it myself.

Other Thoughts: I wish it had a few more bios features, but for the price I can live with it. I would definitively recommend this board.

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  • Shaggy
  • 1/17/2012 8:31:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat features

Pros: This being my first build I was worried about running into errors, compatibility issues, and all sorts of other problems. I'm very happy to report I had not a single one. Great product. Recognized everything I plugged in the right away.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: Had to RMA the first one I received due to a bad PCIe x16 slot. second one worked right out of the box.

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