Friday, May 27, 2011

Gigabyte launches its 990FX UD5 and UD7 motherboards

Wow, that was quick, the GA-990FXA-UD7 only leaked a few days ago and now Gigabyte appears to have launched its 990FX series of motherboards as the product pages for the GA-990FXA-UD7 and GA-990FXA-UD5 have gone live. This is a little bit surprising, but then again, AMD isn't quite as strict when it comes to chipset NDA's as Intel is and considering that the AM3+ motherboards are backwards compatible, you could use one with your current AM3 processor.
We've already covered the 990FXA-UD7 in quite some detail, so let's focus on the 990FXA-UD5. For a board that's meant to be a “lesser” model we can't see all that much missing. The board layout is slightly different with the top slot being a PCI Express x1 slot which sadly is blocked by the chipset heatsink, although smaller cards should work just fine. The we have a x16 PCI Express, a x4 another x16, another x4 a x8 slot which should share its bandwidth with the secondary x16 slot and finally a PCI slot. This means that you're "limited" to using three graphics cards with the 990FXA-UD5, a limit most of us won't find very troubling.
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