990FXA UD5 1 Gigabyte launches its 990FX boards

Wow, that was quick, the GA-990FXA-UD7 only leaked a few days ago and now Gigabyte appears to have launched its 990FX series of motherboards as the product pages for the GA-990FXA-UD7 and GA-990FXA-UD5 have gone live. This is a little bit surprising, but then again, AMD isn't quite as strict when it comes to chipset NDA's as Intel is and considering that the AM3+ motherboards are backward compatible, you could use one with your current AM3 processor.

Wow, that was quick, the GA-990FXA-UD7 only leaked a few days ago and now Gigabyte appears to have launched its 990FX series of motherboards as the product pages for the GA-990FXA-UD7 and GA-990FXA-UD5 have gone live. This is a little bit surprising, but then again, AMD isn't quite as strict when it comes to chipset NDA's as Intel is and considering that the AM3+ motherboards are backwards compatible, you could use one with your current AM3/AM3+ processor.

We've already covered the 990FXA-UD7 in quite some detail, so let's focus on the 990FXA-UD5. For a board that's meant to be a “lesser” model we can't see all that much missing. The board layout is slightly different with the top slot being a PCI Express x1 slot which sadly is blocked by the chipset heatsink, although smaller cards should work just fine. The we have a x16 PCI Express, a x4 another x16, another x4 a x8 slot which should share its bandwidth with the secondary x16 slot and finally a PCI slot. This means that you're "limited" to using three graphics cards with the 990FXA-UD5, a limit most of us won't find very troubling.

990FXA UD5 1 Gigabyte launches its 990FX boards

Beyond the six native SATA 6Gbps ports, Gigabyte has added two more SATA 6Gbps ports for a total of eight. There are pin headers for two front USB 3.0 ports (using an Etron controller), six USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and a serial port just because.  The PWM is an 8+2 design and a heatpipe connects the PWM heatsink to the one on the 990FX chipset.

Around the back we have no less than eight USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, two eSATA 6Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. We can't say that we're really missing anything in terms of connectivity on this board. The only real complaint would be the lack of fan headers with only three available beyond the one for the CPU and none is suitably located if you're using a sealed unit watercooling solution.

990FXA UD5 2 Gigabyte launches its 990FX boards

Gigabyte's new AMD motherboards are looking very promising and we're really holding our fingers crossed that AMD will deliver a range of CPUs that will live up to the expectations that all of the 900-series chipset motherboards we've seen so far are suggesting that we should hope for.

Source: Gigabyte