Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 review (990FX chipset for Bulldozer)

By dividebyzero
May 22, 2011
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  1. Quite a comprehensive unofficial review of Gigabyte's upcoming flagship motherboard- GA-880FXA-UD7- with AMD's 990FX chipset+ SB950 southbridge has surfaced...should you need any reminding that Bulldozer will soon be upon us.
    Layout and colour scheme is in keeping with Gigabyte's recently released P67A/Z68 boards, and seems to offer a very comprehensive feature set including quad SLI, as well as the more usual quad CrossfireX, which would indicate that two NF200 chips reside under the heatsink between the MOSFET cooler and the first of seven PCIe x16 slots, or under the huge SB chipset cooler- since Nvidia don't as a rule offer quad card SLI unless all GPU's are afforded the bandwidth that a full 16 lanes provide.

    Review is in Japanese so use your favourite translator
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Nice find Chef,
    Even though the extra bandwidth afforded by triple channel only shows up in the memory bandwidth synth, I am surprised AMD did not adopt triple channel controller for the BD.
    I am also surprised by only 2 x USB 3.0 on the back I/O...again just for appearance sake ( you know how that works).
  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Topic Starter Posts: 4,891   +1,258

  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    That's actually Japanese.
    That's also a lot of PCIE bandwidth.
    I wish they had triple channel RAM; 3x2gb seems like a good compromise between 2x2 and 2x4.
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Topic Starter Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Thanks. Edited
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Topic Starter Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    First actual (performance) review at Tom's.

    There wouldn't seem to be much of a need to rush out and get the boards judging by the rumour that started circulating a couple of weeks back regarding Bulldozer's apparent delay.
    From Toms:
    and from Anand:
    So no real reason to be an early adopter of the 990FX/X it would seem. At least prices should be lower when BD shows up.

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