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Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 Motherboard Review

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Final Words and Conclusion

In recent times we have been hugely impressed by the quality of Gigabytes motherboards. We have yet to have one fail on us, even during extreme benchmarking. Additionally they always run stable and are easy to maintain thanks to tools such as Q-Flash. The GA-790FXTA-UD5 is no different.

With this board Gigabyte have taken AMDs high end chipset, the 790FX and created a board which at first glance matches all of the features offered by competitors, such as Dual-GBLAN and support for 16GB of DDR3. When we look a little closer it becomes clear that this board is more special than that though. We have a great USB 3.0 controller which manages to squeeze some extra performance out of 2.0 devices as well as offering huge benefits when a USB 3.0 device is connected. The use of Marvell’s 9128 SATA 6GB/s controller is also great to see. Some manufacturers go for the 9123 model which does not feature RAID but Gigabyte allow us full flexibility and performance.

Speaking of performance, the 790FXTA doesn’t disappoint, in all of our tests it offered exceptional results and in any test where it was not the fastest board it would be impossible to separate it from the competitors.

We would normally expect a board with such great features and performance to retail for a significant amount more than the competition but somehow Gigabyte have kept the cost down. Looking at the prices today this USB3/SATA 6GB/s model is priced at only £2 more than a high end Asus board which lacks those new features.

Summary
A fantastic performer which offers exceptional value, great features and some excellent future-proofing. Not only that, we cannot think of any way the board could be improved… it is the AMD platform perfected.

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