You may have wondered why this review of a two-year-old 990FX motherboard was published in Q3 2014. Part of it is because AMD’s AM3+ FX processors were updated a few weeks back at much lower pricing, Gigabyte Ga-990Fxa-Ud3 Black Friday Deals 2021 so AMD-centric builders now have more options to build or upgrade. This is also 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 modified compared to the previous 990FXA-UD3’s These revisions had only minor changes, but maintained relatively similar PCB layouts, VRMs and heatsink designs. There are no reviews yet for the rev 4.0 motherboard, so this will be the first.
It is the cheapest 990FX motherboard to officially support AMD’s FX-9600 monster. Review sample provided by: Gigabyte. MSRP: $119.99 USD. Product was received in exchange for this review.
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Gigabyte Ga-990FXA UD3 Rev. 4.0 Box Front Gigabyte Georgia-990FXA UD3 Rev. 4.0 Box Rear Although the packaging is identical to the previous revisions of the 990FXA UD3, the huge “2011 performance” award which used to be in the upper left corner has been removed. 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 what BIOS version is installed. Two pairs of SATA cables (2 angled, 2 straight), a driver disc, manual and installation guide are included. It costs $5 less than the competition from Asus.
Similar hardware features are offered by Gigabyte’s 990FXA–UD3. The firm drops the expensive but often-used USB Flashback processor and adds a more modern, but less costly 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. Both Gigabyte products offer the same number of SATA ports and the same number of USB 3.0 port. However, only Asus offers UASP support in Windows 7.
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Both products, which are similar in price, offer the same configuration of PCIex16 slots, since both are designed for two-way 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 turns it upside down. 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 liquid cooling radiators behind the motherboard tray. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU… To resume playback, please close the pop-out player. video playingTom’s IT Professional: Over The Cubicle Tom’s ITPro: On Call 20/11/12Tom’s ITPro: On Call The front-panel audio connector for the 990FXA–UD3 is located in the bottom-rear corner. This is where we are used to finding it. Some cases may have a half-inch too long cable to reach the corner. Some older cases may also come with hard drive cages that prevent cable access to the SATA ports. However, a video card placed in the bottom slot could also block the front-panel USB3.0 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. Gigabyte Ga-990Fxa-Ud3 Black Friday Deals 2021 This software includes Dolby 5.1 digital encoder, multi-channel synthesized extension, environmental correction, as well as other audio manipulation technologies.