The 990FXA-UD5 from GIGABYTE is a good all round board for a number of reasons. Firstly, we've got the looks; the black PCB on GIGABYTE is probably one of my favorites since it's of a more matte finish and the typical UD5 color scheme just looks great against the board.
Second, coming in at $179.99 after a mail in rebate means the price is really strong. The equivalent Z68 version of the board comes in at $249.99 after rebate and even then if you go for a two card setup, you won't get x16 / x16 like you will from the 990FX based board here we've got today.
Thirdly, the overclocking on the board was great; we figured that since we wanted to be really cautious with the overclocking voltages, we'd really be held back. Considering we hit around 4.76GHz at 1.515v, I figured that we'd probably be looking at around the 4.5GHz mark here. Instead we ended up at 4.73GHz which helps yield a nice performance boost and continues to run pretty cool.
The bundle is probably a little bit on the light side of things, but it's probably one of the only things we can pick up. Considering the price point again, though, we're not complaining as we do have everything we need to get up and running.
Combined with a $189.99 FX-6100 and $239.99 HD 6950, you've got a couple of really good looking pieces for just over $600. Not only do you have some good performance, you've also got a setup that's going to look really nice as well thanks to the color scheme on the board.
If you're interested in jumping on the new FX series CPU bandwagon or simply feel a little underwhelmed with what they offered and think you might just grab an older 1100T instead, the 990FXA-UD5 from GIGABYTE is a really nice pick up that is just an all round good board.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Motherboard]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard Continued]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup]
- Page 6 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 12 [Temperature and Power]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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