The Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD5 is the first AM3+ board reviewed by TechREACTION, and could not have been a better product to review. Coming from the overclock-minded Gigabyte company, the 990FX is built on the Ultra Durable platform that is well known to overclockers the world over. Bulldozer is just around the corner, and this board will bring you exactly what you need to get clocking from the get go.
The board features many of the standard AM3+ features, such as USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GBps, as well as rapid charging for cell phones and other USB accessories via the enchanced power states of the USB 3.0 controllers. It also supports the next generation AMD FX “Bulldozer” processors as well as handling all of your current Generation AM3 CPU needs. The board supports memory speeds up to 2000 MHz (via OC) and can use AMD overdrive overclocking/tuning software. Most importantly, however, is the inclusion of SLI capability on an AMD system. Such a thing is a shock indeed, and the 990FX chipset saw fit to have both CrossfireX and Tri-SLI capabilities built into it.
What Gigabyte brings to the table on their own is the 2x copper PCB branding, a wicked truly black PCB with a tuned and stable power delivery system. Gigabyte believes in Blu-Ray quality HD sound and all boards are now shipping with 108dB SNR audio. A dual BIOS provides extra system stability in the event of a bad flash or corruption due to extreme overclocking. 3TB+ drives are supported for increasing storage to the maximum limits, and, to further augment your storage needs, it offers a software called XHD, which automatically sets up a RAID0 stripe when using the AMD SATA 6Gbps ports.
Gigabyte is also supporting remote device functionality with BIOS support via some new software. TouchBIOS allows you to attach a touch screen monitor and access the BIOS much like a Android app. CloudOC lets you remotely clock your PC via Bluetooth or 802.x interface. One more feature (Gigabyte loves their 3’s!) is called Autogreen. With an optional Bluetooth transceiver your computer can be set to automatically go into a sleep state when your cell phone leaves the vicinity of the PC.
Without further ado, let’s get onto the GA-99FX-UD5 AM3+ motherboard.