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GIGABYTE MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 Motherboard

Date: February 23, 2010
Product: MA790XT-UD4P - AMD Socket AM3
Author: Jason Rabel

Board Layout and Features:

The MA790XT-UD4P is packaged in the typical GIGABYTE style retail box. There is loads of marketing information on the front and back, the largest of which is the "Ultra Durable 3" information. Inside the box is the motherboard and usual assortment of cables, I/O shield, manuals, and driver CDs.


Having used several previous GIGABYTE motherboards, one almost experiences déjà-vu with the layout. GIGABYTE has tweaked the layout some to overcome some issues I have seen with previous models. For instance, the SATA connectors have been turned 90 degrees to prevent clearance issues with the super-sized video cards that have been coming out. Likewise some of the other connections that previously were placed around the PCIe slots have been moved either to the bottom edge of the board or (in the case of the PATA IDE port) in front of the memory slots. Around the CPU socket GIGABYTE has been careful to ensure plenty of clearance for oversized CPU heatsinks. Along the back side of the motherboard we have the typical PS/2 connections, SPDIF & coax audio, six USB ports, two firewire ports, Ethernet, and classic analog audio jacks.

While there are two x16 PCIe slots, if you use two video cards then they will each only run at x8 (which is typical). GIGABYTE gave plenty of clearance between the two video card slots, however the clear CMOS jumper happens to be right in the middle. So if you are running two cards there could be some potential hassles if you ever need to clear the CMOS, but this isn't a huge deal since doing that is somewhat few and far between.


Just to get an idea of how similar the MA790XT-UD4P is to previous motherboards, below I have a picture alongside with a GIGABYTE MA790GP-DS4H (AM2+, DDR2, onboard video). You can see the big differences being the movement of the SATA ports and also the onboard USB ports. Basically just minor tweaks to maximize the usability of all the features the board has to offer.


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