jetway 990x Jetways un named 990X motherboard leaks

Jetway isn't exactly a huge player in the consumer motherboard market these days, although the company seems to be doing reasonably well in mainland China and now a picture of its upcoming AMD 990X motherboard has leaked on a Chinese website. It's not clear if this is a model limited to the Chinese market, or if we'll be seeing broader availability, but it's an interesting board in at least a couple of ways.

Jetway isn't exactly a huge player in the consumer motherboard market these days, although the company seems to be doing reasonably well in mainland China and now a picture of its upcoming AMD 990X motherboard has leaked on a Chinese website. It's not clear if this is a model limited to the Chinese market, or if we'll be seeing broader availability, but it's an interesting board in at least a couple of ways.

The leaked picture isn't very high resolution, so it's difficult to see some of the details. However, a couple of interesting things that stand out straight away is the location of the power regulation circuitry and the chipset. The PWM is located at the top of the board, rather than between the CPU socket and the rear I/O ports and in part this is possible because Jetway has gone for what looks like a simple 4+1 design. However, in doing so, Jetway also had to rotate the CPU retention mechanism by 90 degrees. The effect of this is that certain CPU coolers, specifically some models with heatpipes might not work as well as intended, as the heatpipes might end up the wrong way around.

jetway 990x Jetways un named 990X motherboard leaks

The other peculiar thing about this board is the location of the chipset, as traditional two-chip designs meant that the northbridge was close to the CPU socket, with the southbridge being located towards the lower front half of the board. In this case, Jetway has put the two right next to each other and fitted a rather large heatsink on the two. The only real advantage of doing this is that there's no obstruction in front of the expansion slots, but in general this has never been an issue on most motherboards.

The expansion slots consist of two x16 PCI Express slots, although as this board uses the AMD 990X chipset, we're looking at a dual x8 configuration when both slots are in use. The board also has two x1 PCI Express slots, a PCI slot and unusually a mini PCI Express slot as well. Due to the unusual board layout, Jetway has lost two expansion slots which is somewhat disappointing, but not something that most people are going to find to be a great concern.

The board also has six SATA 6Gbps ports, although they're located unusually far up the board. There's also a single IDE port or possibly a floppy connector, it's a bit hard to tell from the picture. We'd also dare to guess that the board has pin-headers for at least another six USB 2.0 ports. Around the back the board has a pair of PS/2 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with coaxial S/PDIF out and what appears to be a clear CMOS button. Overall we're not blown away by this board, but then again, if the price is right we're sure it'll find a home somewhere.

Source: Zol.com.cn