Introduction

Motherboards are one of the most vital components in any PC. Whilst they come in many different shapes and sizes there is one inescapable fact, they all perform the same basic task, get information from one component to the next as quickly as possible. One motherboard that certainly aspires to be incredibly quick is the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 which is currently one of the best specced motherboards on the market for the AMD platform.

 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7

Specifications

CPU

  1. Support for AMD AM3+ FX processors
  2. Support for AMD AM3 Phenom™ II processors / AMD Athlon™ II processors

Hyper Transport Bus

  1. 5200 MT/s

Chipset

  1. North Bridge: AMD 990FX
  2. South Bridge: AMD SB950

Memory

  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules

Audio

  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

  1. 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

  1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2) (Note 3)
  2. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
  3. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2) 
    (All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  4. 1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology

  1. Support for 2-Way/3-Way/4-Way AMD CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA SLI™ technology

Storage Interface

South Bridge: 

  1. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0~SATA3_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD

2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:

  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors (including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  3. Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

USB

South Bridge:

  1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)

2 x Etron EJ168 chips:

  1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

IEEE 1394

VIA VT6308 chip:

  1. Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)

Internal I/O Connectors

  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x PCIe power connector
  4. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  5. 1 x CPU fan header
  6. 2 x system fan headers
  7. 1 x power fan header
  8. 1 x front panel header
  9. 1 x front panel audio header
  10. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  11. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  12. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  13. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
  14. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  15. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
  16. 1 x clearing CMOS button
  17. 1 x power button
  18. 1 x reset button

Back Panel Connectors

  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  2. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  3. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  4. 1 x IEEE 1394a port
  5. 7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  6. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  7. 1 x eSATA/USB Combo connector
  8. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
  9. 1 x RJ-45 port
  10. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller

  1. ITE IT8720 chip

H/W Monitoring

  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
  4. CPU overheating warning
  5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
  6. CPU/System fan speed control

BIOS

  1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Bundle Software

  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

Operating System

  1. Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

Form Factor

  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.3cm