990fxa ud7 1 Gigabytes GA 990FXA UD7 gets previewed, in Japan

Judging by the already large amount of high-end AMD 900-series chipset motherboards that have made an appearance on the internet, it's pretty clear that we're very close to the launch and that AMD must've managed to impress the motherboard makers with its upcoming CPUs. Gigabyte's GA-990FXA-UD7 is one of the more impressive boards we've seen so far, but it's not very likely to be the last new AMD motherboard to show up before Computex which is now barely a week away.

Judging by the already large amount of high-end AMD 900-series chipset motherboards that have made an appearance on the internet, it's pretty clear that we're very close to the launch and that AMD must've managed to impress the motherboard makers with its upcoming CPUs. Gigabyte's GA-990FXA-UD7 is one of the more impressive boards we've seen so far, but it's not very likely to be the last new AMD motherboard to show up before Computex which is now barely a week away.

It's very clear that this is a UD7 board as the chipset and PWM heatsinks are all carrying the “gold” trim that we first saw on Gigabyte's P67A-UD7. The 990FX chipset itself is located in-between the PWM and the top PCI Express slot, but even so there are no comprises being made in terms of slot count, unlike Asus' TUF Sabertooth 990FX. The board sports an 8+2 PWM design us driver MOSFETs.

990fxa ud7 1 Gigabytes GA 990FXA UD7 gets previewed, in Japan

The slot layout is very unusual to say the least as the board has six 16 PCI Express slots and a single PCI slot. The x16 slots are configured in an unusual way as well, as the first slot is a x16 that should be shared with the third slot which is a x8, but the second slot is x4. The fourth slot is also a x4 slot with the fifth being a x16, then the PCI slot and finally another x8 slot. We're not exactly sure how the slots are wired and we'd need a manual to figure it out properly.

990fxa ud7 2 Gigabytes GA 990FXA UD7 gets previewed, in Japan

Beyond the slots we're looking at a front USB 3.0 header for two ports (via an Etron controller), three front USB 2.0 headers for six ports, a FireWire header, six native SATA 6Gbps ports and two additional SATA 6Gbps port via a third party controller and interestingly a 90-degree angled SATA power connector as per the X58-OC for extra power to the PCI Express slots. Gigabyte has also fitted a POST80 debug LED and a power, reset and clear CMOS button to the board.

Around the back we're looking at a PS/2 port, seven USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (via a second Etron controller), an eSATA port, an eSATAp port (powered eSATA/USB combo), a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and finally 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out. We're missing a second Gigabit Ethernet port as this is usually the norm on Gigabyte's high-end motherboards.

990fxa ud7 3 Gigabytes GA 990FXA UD7 gets previewed, in Japan

In related news, we managed to dig up some pricing thanks to a Swedish online retailer that's already listing the 990FXA-UD7, as well as the 990FXA-UD5 and 990FXA-UD3, although sadly not specs so far. The 990FXA-UD7 is priced at 1990 SEK (S$390) which co-incidentally is what MSI's 990FXA-GD80 is listed for in the same shop. Do keep in mind that this includes 25 percent VAT, as the sales tax in Sweden is quite high. The 990FXA-UD5 is listed at 1590 SEK (S$312) and finally the 990FXA-UD3 comes in at 1190 SEK (S$234).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara