Good performance, on/off charging, good cooling, 4-way CrossFire ready, clean layout, extensive overclocking options in BIOS
Expensive, CPU temperatures weren't being reported in windows, Silent Pipe 2 cooler can't be installed with certain GPUs
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Gigabyte was the first ones to send us a motherboard based on the 890FX chipset and today we'll take a look at their flagship model the 890FXA-UD7. Since this is their top of the line motherboard, you can expect every single technology that Gigabyte has in this board. The 890FX is an enthusiast's motherboard for AMD's new Leo platform. These boards support the latest Phenom II X6 CPUs right out of the box.
Gigabyte offers all this and lots more. Here's a list of special features offered by Gigabyte.
On/Off Charge (a specially designed header which lets you charge you iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad a lot quicker even when the PC is off)
Auto Unlock Support (This lets you unlock any disabled core on your X2 or X3 Phenom II cpu's)
4-way CrossFireX support
DDR3 1866+ support (you can overclock your RAM up to these speeds)
Hybrid Silent-Pipe 2 (you can choose between water cooling or passive heat sink for the Northbridge)
Ultra Durable 3 (2oz copper design, solid state Japanese capacitors, Ferite Core choke)
Dual LAN ports
eSATA/USB combo ports
Onboard power/reset/clear CMOS switches
Gigabytes Energy saver and Easy Tune program
As you can see there are plenty of tweaking and customization options on this feature-rich motherboard. We'll have a look at the most of them in detail a little later, but first lets check the packaging and the bundle that comes with it.
The motherboard comes in a large fancy box that just screams 'High end'. There's plenty of information on the box about all the supported features the board offers on the front and there's more on the rear.
On opening the box you can find the following accessories bundled;
Quick installation guide
1x IDE cable
4x SATA 3Gb/s cables
1x SATA bracket
2x Two-way CrossFire brackets
1x Hybrid Silent-Pipe module
The bundle is pretty solid with all the necessary cabling provided. However, there wasn't any SATA 6Gb/s cable provided, so if you buy a 6Gb/s hard drive you'll have to get the cable separately, which is a bit disappointing.