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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) Motherboard

AM3+ CPU Support, ATX, DDR3 (32GB max), 4 x USB3, 14 x USB2, 6 x SATA3, 2 x eSATA3, RAID, FireWire, SPDIF
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Order Code: GIG-990FX3

Manf.Code: GA-990FXA-UD3

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CPU and Chipset Features



AMD (AM3+) FX Series Processors
This motherboard supports AMD AM3+/AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 4800MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.

AMD 990FX Chipset
AMD 990FX Chipset is designed to support up to 5.2GT/s HyperTransport 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD latest AM3+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.

Performance and Stability Features


GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 motherboards embrace a range of exclusive technologies that guarantee DIY PC builders the absolute best protection for their PC, with built-in features that prevent common malfunction threats.

Driver MOSFETs - Integration of VRM Components
A traditional Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) consists of a Choke, Capacitors, MOSFETs and a Driver IC. By incorporating the MOSFETs and driver IC in accordance with the Driver-MOSFET specification, we can achieve higher power transfer and increased efficiency at higher switching frequencies to satisfy the growing power requirements of today's processors. Driver-MOSFETs also help to reduce VRM real estate requirements in the CPU zone.

Graphics Features


AMD CrossfireX Multi-GPU Support
AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFireX technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFireX technology allows you to expand your system’s graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system’s graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFireX gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.

NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology
NVIDIA SLI technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows you to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a SLI-Certified motherboard. Using proprietary software algorithms and dedicated scalability logic in each NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), NVIDIA SLI technology delivers up to twice the performance (with 2 cards) and 2.8X the performance (with 3 cards) compared to a single graphics solution.

Memory Features


Dual-Channel DDR3 2000+ MHz Support
This motherboard supports up to 32GB DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of up to 2000(O.C) MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia and Internet applications.

Audio Features


108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback
GIGABYTE motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience. For example, 108dB, is a high audio specification, as this means the audio signal is 108dB higher than the level of the noise.

Dolby Home Theater Support
Delivers vivid surround sound for music, movies, and games, using two to eight speakers or any set of headphones.

Transfer Features


SATA 6 Gbps
Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards are integrated the latest AMD SB950 chip for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering 6 ports native superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps) and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support. When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer even faster data transfer rates of up to 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces.

USB 3.0 Support
The GIGABYTE motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard USB3.0 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.

3x USB Power Boost
GIGABYTE motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

Power eSATA
Featuring two external SATA (Power eSATA) ports in the rear panel that provide smart setup and hot-plug functionality that allows easier data backup and content manipulation on external storage devices.

On/Off Charge Technology
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger.

Software and Bios Features


Dual UEFI Bios
With a superior graphical interface capable of 32-bit color imaging and fluid user-friendly mouse navigation, UEFI DualBIOS makes BIOS configuration a new and exciting experience for novice and experienced users alike. UEFI BIOS also brings native support for large hard drives on 64-bit operating systems.

EasyTune6
GIGABYTE has completely redesigned EasyTune6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your system.

ErP Lot 6 support
The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union's environmental regulations policy. It is based on concern for the environmental as the proliferation of electronic devices continues, and how to improve energy efficiency for a better and greener life. GIGABYTE supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system efficiency.

Windows 8 Ready
With hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, GIGABYTE provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Starting now, users can experience the next generation operating system on GIGABYTE hardware, and can rest assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released without any compatibility issues!

General

Part Number GA-990FXA-UD3
Model Number GA-990FXA-UD3
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Processor Information
Compatible Processors FX
Phenom II
Athlon II
Socket Type AM3+
Power Design 8 Phase

Note: Please refer to www.gigabyte.com for CPU Support List


Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Type 990FX / SB950

Memory
RAM Installed / Max Capacity 0 MB / 32 GB Max
RAM Slots 4 x DDR3 DIMM
Supported RAM DDR3 Non-ECC UDIMM
RAM Architecture Dual-Channel
Supported RAM Speeds 2000 (O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 Mhz

Expansion Slots
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (running at x16)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (running at x4)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI

VGA & Integrated Graphics Options
Video Controller N/A
Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD CrossFireX Technology
Supports NVIDIA SLI Technology

Ports & Connectivity - External IO Panel (Back of Motherboard)
Ports Present & Quantity 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x IEEE 1394 port
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
1 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks

Ports & Connectivity - Internal IO (Header pins on Motherboard - Inside Case)
Ports Present & Quantity 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
2 x system fan headers
1 x power fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
1 x IEEE 1394a header
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x serial port header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper

Storage Interfaces & Controllers
AMD SB950 Chipset 6 x SATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10,JBOD)
Marvell 88SE9172 Chipset 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1)

LAN & Networking
Controller Realtek RTL8111E
Lan Speed 10/100/1000
Ports 1 x LAN(RJ45) port

Audio
Controller/Codec/Information Realtek ALC889 codec
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
Support for Dolby Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF Out

Features & Technologies
Feature List Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Support for EasyTune
Support for Smart Recovery
Support for Auto Green
Support for ON/OFF Charge
Support for 3TB+ Unlock
Support for Q-Share

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Reviewed by

, London.

2014-02-06

The only problem I've had is getting the correct Dolby drivers for the onboard sound. I have a separate creative labs sound card so its not that much of a biggy. Otherwise, nice board. Does what its supposed to do

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Reviewed by

, Manchester.

2014-01-21

I have had this board now for the last 12 months and it has worked flawlessly. It's fantastic at what it does and was worth every penny. The board arrived with the latest BIOS. I phone Novatech support before purchasing to inquire about the BIOS and the CPU I'm using and they were most helpful.

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Reviewed by

, Cardiff.

2013-08-28

I bought this board because I was looking to downgrade but still wanted sufficient ability to do most things. I wasn't disappointed. It was easy to install, looks good and not to technical. Really pleased. The price was very good to. I have bought lots of things from Novatech and I have never been disappointed. They are always there to give advice and support. Keep it up.

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2013-04-11

Great looking board, had a bit of a problem installing drivers first hand as the drivers on the disk that came with it were only windows 7 drivers so I had to wait for the windows 8 ones. Love the super charging ports on the board that can charge usb devices when the computer is turned off, they come in handy! My only problem is that when I set my 1600mhz corsair vengance ram to 1600mhz in the bios (which isnt uefi, dont know why it didn't come with a uefi bios when it said it did) because the bios automatically sets it to 1333mhz my system wouldn't boot up windows so im stuck at 1333mhz. Great board anyway, highly recommend, especially as its the cheapest board I found with a 990fx chipset and usb 3.0 internal header.

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Reviewed by

, lancs.

2013-01-10

ordered this board on a thursday arrived the next day complete with bios update...and delivered free.the quality of the board is fine windows 7 installation smooth. the board rev i was supplied was 1.2 and the bios version fe. the cpu i used was an fx6300. overall very pleased i would use novatech again.

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Reviewed by

, London.

2012-10-31

Decent board plenty of Overclocking features easily done and simple BIOS. Novatech were great as i asked them to update the BIOS for me to the latest edition so i could use the FX CPU straight away. Great service and delivery time.

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Reviewed by

, gosport.

2012-04-15

Hi all, I had a sabertooth first had lots off bugs well its in under waranty, Now what can I tell u about this board its great, easy to load up easy to update, and easy to fit the only prob i had was with the internet conection, but I got that sorted with their vista up dates. One thing that makes this board a winner is the internet connections, I downloaded their internet diognostic utilties ive twined my internet conections, wow high speeds great reliability.

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, .

2011-08-04

Everything is spaced so nicely on this motherboard oodles of room, the Sata connectors are a bit fiddly as they are facing horizontally from the motherboard so best to connect them first and lower the board into your case.