Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard ReviewMon, Jun 08, 2009 - 12:00 AM
The heatsinks run from the top left down to the bottom right of the board and seemed to do a great job of keeping everything cool as we had no heat related issues at all.
The top right of the board sports four dimm slots which support up to 16GB of DDR3 memory in dual channel configuration at speeds of 1600(OC)/1333/1066. Right next to the dimm slots, we have an IDE connector that is powered by the SB750 and a floppy connector. Just above those we have a 24-pin power connector, and right to the left of it we have a power and a reset button, which happens to be one of my favorite things on the board.
Just a closer look at the power and rest buttons!
The bottom right of the board is where we find the SATA connectors. Six of these connectors are powered by the SB750, and are SATA2 compliant. They support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. The other four SATA connectors are powered by the Gigabyte SATA2 chip and support RAID 0, 1 and JBOD. The very bottom right corner is the location of the front panal pin connectors, which are color coded for ease of use. There are also a couple of USB headers and a firewire header here.
Here is a closer look at all the SATA connectors…
…and the front panal pins.
The bottom left of the board is where we find our add-on card slots. The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P has two legacy PCI slots, three x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI Express x16 slots which support ATI CrossfireX technology.
Audio is also on this part of the board and is supported by the Realtek 889A Codec which can provide up to 7.1 Hi-Def audio. Lan is provided by two Realtek 8111DL chips which support gigabit speeds.
Top left of the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard is where we find the CPU socket. This board is an AM3 supporting motherboard for quad and triple core processors. The CPU socket was clear of anything that would hinder the installation of an aftermarket heatsink.
If there was one complaint, it was the location of the 12v 8-pin connection. It was a little hard to get to, or maybe I just have fat fingers…
The back I/O ports include:
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
- 1 x PS/2 mouse port
- 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
- 1 x coaxial S/PDIF out connector
- 2 x IEEE 1394a port
- 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- 2 x RJ-45 port
- 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
Let’s take a look at the BIOS…