Gigabyte 890FX-A UD7 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte 890FX-A UD7 Review

Introduction

There have been a few AMD motherboards released in recent times since the introduction of the 890 chipset. We've recently looked at a couple that come with the Lucid Hydra chip on board. Today we're going back to basics with a non-Lucid AM3 motherboard.

That doesn't mean that this is a standard AMD motherboard though. By virtue of its perception as the value option for a system, AMD motherboards tend to be lacking some of the more high-end features that we've seen upon its Intel counterparts.

With the recent release of the six core 10xx series of AMD processors being such good performers it was about time that a company took up the mantle and brought out a motherboard that did it justice.

One of the highest quality Intel motherboards around are Gigabytes UD7 series and so it is pleasing to see them apply this methodology to the AMD 890 chipset in the form of the Gigabyte 890FX-A UD7 motherboard.

Technical Specifications

A glance through the technical specs shows the level of detail we have here. The 890FX chipset coupled to a SB850 Southbridge and the ALC889 Realtek audio certainly leaves nothing on the table. Also worthy of note are six SATA 6Gbps connections allowing a more futureproof storage capability over the two ports we normally see.

Finally it's slightly larger than an ATX board, so it's worth checking you aren't trying to shoehorn it into a tiny case.

CPU
  1. Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II processor / AMD Athlon™ II processor
Front Side Bus
  1. 5200 MT/s
Chipset
  1. North Bridge: AMD 890FX
  2. South Bridge: AMD SB850
Memory
  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2000(OC)/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  6. Support for CD In
LAN
  1. 2 x Realtek 8111D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  2. Support for Teaming
  3. Support for Smart Dual LAN
Expansion Slots
  1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2) (Note 2)
  2. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2) (Note 2)
  3. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2) (Note 3)
    (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 Standard.)
  4. 1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for 2-way/ 3-way/ 4-way ATI CrossFireX™ technology
Storage InterfaceSouth Bridge:
  1. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD
* SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.

GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip:
  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
JMicron JMB362 chip:
  1. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Comobo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
ITE 8720 chip:
  1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
USBSouth Bridge:
  1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 6 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
NEC D720200F1 Chip:
  1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
* USB 3.0 10x performance is a maximum theoretical value. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
IEEE 1394T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
  1. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  4. 1 x IDE connector
  5. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  7. 1 x CPU fan header
  8. 2 x system fan header
  9. 1 x North Bridge fan header
  10. 1 x power fan header
  11. 1 x front panel header
  12. 1 x front panel audio header
  13. 1 x CD In connector
  14. 1 x S/PDIF In header
  15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  16. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
  17. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  18. 1 x serial port header
  19. 1 x parallel port header
  20. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
  21. 1 x clearing CMOS button
  22. 1 x power button
  23. 1 x reset button
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
  2. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  3. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF out connector
  4. 2 x IEEE 1394a port
  5. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  6. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  7. 2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
  8. 2 x RJ-45 port
  9. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. ITE IT8720 chip
H/W MonitoringSystem voltage detection
  1. CPU/System temperature detection
  2. CPU/System fan speed detection
  3. CPU overheating warning
  4. CPU/System fan fail warning
  5. CPU/System fan speed control (Note 4)
BIOS
  1. 2 x 8 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  4. Support for Download Center
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for EasyTune (Note 5)
  8. Support for Easy Energy Saver
  9. Support for Smart Recovery
  10. Support for Auto Green
  11. Support for ON/OFF Charge
  12. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
  1. Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP
Form Factor
  1. XL-ATX Form Factor; 32.5cm x 24.4cm
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Most Recent Comments

04-10-2010, 20:01:20

tinytomlogan
Gigabyte have taken the latest AMD chipset and applied their high-end UD7 magic to it. How does it stand up?

Continue Reading

04-10-2010, 21:57:15

AMDFTW
shame it has no lucid chip as this would of been awsome

05-10-2010, 04:48:04

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

shame it has no lucid chip as this would of been awsome
Explain why really makes any difference? Cos other than sli I can see anything really.

05-10-2010, 05:47:13

AMDFTW
as its new tech and it seems odd to go back to normal with just usb3 and sata6

05-10-2010, 06:20:33

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

as its new tech and it seems odd to go back to normal with just usb3 and sata6
Every motherboard doesnt have to have everything dude. Some people may just want to use one card or something, if you fit everything it will cost more.

05-10-2010, 07:02:19

AMDFTW
i reckon most people will opt for the MSI IMO

05-10-2010, 07:43:26

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

i reckon most people will opt for the MSI IMO
Really depends if they read our review as we are the only people who have had it...... The Giga will outsell the MSI easily just on the fact its the top of the range Giga AMD board.

05-10-2010, 08:16:24

AMDFTW
but like you said all 3 have something about them i just think the MSI has lil more

but thats just my opinion fella

05-10-2010, 14:48:54

VonBlade
Luckily the concept of reviews is that people can make their own choice on what they buy.

After all, we all know that people have brand loyalty and the Lucid Hydra setup is really only beneficial for people with two high-end graphics cards from the competing manufacturers. Which only accounts for a nth of the potential audience.

All three are very good boards, with slight variances depending upon personal taste.

22-10-2010, 22:05:52

Goralux
Does the heat-pipe 2 work with the Noctua DH-14? It should, but Noctua themself just say "The Silent-Pipe 2 module might not be usable." on their compability page. So if you got it to work with the noctua please reply. This board seems to be winner for my new rig, i just want to make sure everything will fit.
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