The first motherboard to support AM3 + FX-9000
Motherboards manufacturers have not been so long in the AM3 + platform as they do with Intel because it has not been something that justifies it. At first we thought there would be an exception when AMD announced the new FX-9000 Series, but we know the story . The surprise GIGABYTE has given us for some was the announcement of an updated version of the 990FXA-UD7 motherboard also include the suffix “Rev 3.0” is presented with important additions and is also the same with that confirmed the existence new 5GHz AMD processors.
This motherboard formally known as 990FXA-UD7 Rev 3.0 comes with the same PCB design that the previous review. What has changed is that it was built under the standards of Ultra Durable 4 allowing it to withstand high TPD AMD. Although it seems clear to support the new FX-9000, it seems too early to say so openly. Retains the same array of 10-phase VRM power, has the regulatory socket AM3 +, and is based on the 990FX chipset and SB950 South-bridge. The cooling system for phase VRM and AMD SB950 is very similar to the previous one and is connected via a heat pipe and has four slots DDR3-2000MHz memory with support for up to 64GB.
In expansion slots also has four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots that are connected directly to 990FX Chipset (x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8), two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (x4), and PCI. In connectivity options with eight SATA 6.0Gbps ports of which four are connected to the south bridge and the rest to a Marvell 88SE9172 controller also has two eSATA 6.0 also connected to the same Marvell 88SE9172, and fourteen USB 2.0 ports (eight back / six internal).
For the I / O panel is a PS / 2 combo, USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet and 8-channel audio with SPDIF optical output by Realtek ALC889. Another of the most noticeable differences is that GIGABYTE has also updated the UEFI BIOS with Dual-UEFI technology.
Still do not have an exact price but should range from $ 200 USD. To all this, the main attraction, of course, is the fact that it supports high TDP processors. It is unknown yet whether we will see the FX-9000 with 220W TDP retail market, but GIGABYTE is giving clues might indicate that it’s about time to do so. On my own, as far as I have investigated, GIGABYTE is the only confirmed this support. I have not received confirmation from manufacturers like ASUS, ASRock and MSI.