Between the 7xx and 8xx series AMD chipsets , there are few differences. Hardware enthusiasts who are planning to build a crossfire setup will like to buy a board with at-least 2x x16 pcie slots and usb 3.0 with Sata 6GB/s if they can afford such a board. Since 790GX and 890GX boards come with 2 x pcie slots on x8 mode, one will think of buying a 790fx board with all the unique and unique features that an 890FX will have without burning a hole in the pocket.
The board which I will be reviewing is Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5 Rev 1.0. This board is aimed for enthusiasts and overclockers. Whether this board makes the cut is something you will decide as we progress with the review.
Packaging, specs and contents
Gigabyte gave the basic essentials along with the board- IDE cable, 4 sata2 cables, an I/O panel, a utility disk, multilingual installation guide book and a user’s manual. There’s no crossfire bridge included with the contents, but judging by the spacing between the slots, the bridge that usually is bundled with the graphic card will suffice.
Gigabyte seem to have permanently keep the pcie x1 slot permanent next to the northbridge heatsink. Since the northbridge hardly stays warm on load, there’s nothing to be cautious about. However it would be awfully nice if there was more space between x1 and the x16 slot. The second and the third are pcie x16 slot with a pci slot in between, followed by 2 pci slots with a pcie x8 slot in between
The board comes with 5 fan headers (4 pin CPU and fan sys_FAN1, 3 pin NB, SYS_FAN2 and PWR fans) and they are put up in easy-to-reach places. Also Gigabyte provides CD_IN, SPDIF IN and OUT headers on the lower right of the board.
After installing the Noctua U12PSE2 and the OCZ rams, it was obvious that installing large heatsinks and rams with tall heatspreaders on the first 2 DIMM slots.
The board uses AWARD bios.
The main BIOS screen is standard, except for M.I.T. where overclockers will spend most of the time on.
The F2 bios comes with ACC support.
The board comes with all the needed overclocking options one will need.
PC Mark 06
Settings Resolution: 1650x 1050; Anti-aliasing: 2x AA; Texture filters: Optimal
3D Mark Vantage
Settings Resolution: 1680x 1050; Preset: High
Settings Resolution: 1680x 1050; Anti-Aliasing: 4x MSAA; Preset: High
Call of Juarez
Settings Resolution: 1680x 1050; Details: High; Anti-aliasing: MSAA X2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.- Call of Pripyat
Settings Resolution: 1680x 1050; Preset: High; Renderer: Enhanced full dynamic lightning (DX10)
X264 HD Benchmark
Benchmark was done using a main folder with 20 sub-folders containing images 1.21GB in size.
Overclocking and conclusion I overclocked the motherboard using the f2 bios that came with the board and then moved F3F beta bios.