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Neuromancer, are you crazy? Yes, yes I am. The only major detriment to this was the near $200 price tag. For an AMD board that is just excessive. For an “OC driven” board, also excessive. Gigabyte became an enthusiast known platform for their great performance and low prices, because they had no extra features on the board. Without knowing how much, UEFI, Bluetooth, Dual Ethernet and excellent software support add to the price, it seems illogical that it costs less than a solid all around design. Knock $30 off the price tag and it would be a solid Gold.
Big thanks to Gigabyte for getting the chance to use their playground, the GA-990FXA-UD5. For those of you interested in picking one up, they can be found at Amazon and elsewhere.

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post #2 of 27
Basically looks like a UD3 [which is a great valued board imo] just with support for tri sli/trifire.

pretty nice but i dont think it's worth the 50-60 dollar price increase for the majority of users. Still, great looking board. anyone looking to tri sli on a budget [do those people exist?] have a solid board right here.
    
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This is the board I will get if BD is a success.
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Looks great except for the PCI Express X1 at the top. Why put one there if it's going to be blocked by that huge heatsink?
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post #5 of 27
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Looks great except for the PCI Express X1 at the top. Why put one there if it's going to be blocked by that huge heatsink?

People use it for wireless cards, Firewire expansion cards, USB 3.0 cards. Smaller form factor PCIe x1 cards
    
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post #6 of 27
It's not matte black. Gigabyte, you disappoint.
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post #7 of 27
at least they are finally putting decent size heat sink on the southbridge. the one on my 890GPA-UD3H board is pathetic and hot
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post #8 of 27
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Looks great except for the PCI Express X1 at the top. Why put one there if it's going to be blocked by that huge heatsink?

Where do you put your pcie sound card?
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by eggs2see;15219881 
Where do you put your pcie sound card?

Any spare PCIe slot. It will automatically throttle the Bandwidth to x1 speeds. Obviously, if you are doing 3 way SLI/CFX, you won't have any room to spare for a longer sound card. This board would not be for someone like that
    
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post #10 of 27
Yep this looks like a pretty nice board. thumb.gif

I like the subtle blue highlights on the heatsink and caps.

Shame it doesn't have PCIE 3.0 though. Does anyone know when AMD will put PCI Express 3.0 on their boards? Will that be with pile driver?
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