You may have wondered why this review of a two-year-old 990FX motherboard was published in Q3 2014. There are two reasons. One, AMD’s AM3+ FX processors have been updated a few weeks back at more Gigabyte 990Fxa-Ud3 Black Friday Deals 2021 affordable prices so AMD-centric builders can have more options when building or upgrading. Secondly, it is the latest revision of the 990FXA–UD3 at Revision 4, so it isn’t that old. This motherboard is technically the fifth version. It is also the most updated version of the 990FXA-UD3 (rev 1.0 to 1.2 and 3.0), which had only minor changes but maintained the same PCB layout, VRM, and heatsink design.
There are no reviews yet for this rev 4.0 motherboard, so I’m going to be the first. It is the cheapest 990FX motherboard to officially support AMD’s FX-9600 monster. The revision number on the serial number sticker in the lower corner is what you need to look for. The sticker should read Revision 4.0 and tell you which BIOS version is installed. Two pairs of SATA cables, two angled and two straight, as well as a driver disc and manual. A dual-SLI cable is also included.
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We asked each vendor for their top-value solution and were provided three boards. Gigabyte’s 990FXA UD3 offers similar hardware features at $5 less than the competition from Asus. The firm drops the expensive but often-used USB Flashback processor and adds a more modern, but still affordable FireWire controller. Gigabyte does not place its internal SATA ports in the top half of the board for front-panel eSATA cable accessibility. Instead, it places both eSATA ports in the rear I/O panel. Buyers receive the same number of SATA ports, same number of USB 3.0 port, and same number of USB 2.0 ports on both Gigabyte.
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Asus products, though only Asus claims UASP Support under Windows 7. Both products, which are similar in price, offer the same configuration of PCIex16 slots, since both are designed for SLI. Each primary slot is permanently connected to 16 pathways, while each secondary slot is permanently connected to four. Gigabyte places an x1 slot over the top x16 slots and uses a northbridge sink to permit installation of longer expansion cards. Gigabyte places its CPU power connector behind a voltage regulator sink, and flips it sideways. This could either be a benefit, or a disadvantage, depending on the case and cooler configurations. The top-edge connector of Asus is facing upwards. This makes it difficult to reach in cases where the cable runs over the motherboard tray. Gigabyte could also place its rear-panel liquid cooling radiators to block in the alternative location. Some cases may have a half-inch too long cable to reach the corner. Some older cases may also come with hard drive cages, which block cable access to the forward facing.
SATA ports. However, a video card placed in the bottom slot could block access to the front panel USB 3.0 header. This problem is only theoretical as the board was not designed for SLI or three-way CrossFire. Gigabyte’s 990FXA–UD3 installation kit was equipped with four SATA cables, a single SLI Bridge, and a badge. However, the cables at the ends are black. This badge is more important than the cable color, since it signifies that the board comes with Dolby Home Theatre software. Because of the new Ryzen processors, we wouldn’t recommend that you build a new machine with this motherboard and the AM3+ socket. Gigabyte 990Fxa-Ud3 Black Friday Deals 2021 If you can find a cheap FX-8350/ 8320 chip that is compatible with a decent motherboard and want to pair it up with a decent motherboard, this one is the best. This motherboard is currently the highest rated AM3+ and has proven its worth.