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GA-890GPA-UD3H VS GA-MA790FXT-UD5P VS GA-990XA-UD3

Poll Results: 790FX VS 890GX VS 990X

 
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post #1 of 12
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Which Gigabyte MB would you choose for a Phenom II X6 CPU? RAM will not be overclocked, just CPU. Also, consider other features, if important.


http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3005#ov

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3516#ov

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3901#ov

Let's say that the price is the same.
post #2 of 12
990XA because it's newer.
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I have a 990fxa UD5 and its perfect. The UD3 isnt much different. I say go with 990xa because theres more support for it right now. Just my 2 cents.
 
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No reason to go with anything other than the 990...the 800 and 700 chipset boards are older and you might not even be able to obtain them.
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by kz26 View Post

No reason to go with anything other than the 990...the 800 and 700 chipset boards are older and you might not even be able to obtain them.

Before posting anything more, listen to what i have to say.

I am not asking about availability! Non of the answers so far is even close the the thread question. It is all about Phenom II X6 performance!

Does the cut down 990X chipset overclocks the Phenom II X6 as good as previous generation hi-end 790FX or 890GX chipsets?

I had a Gigabyte 790XT motherboard before and it was a very bad overclocker compared to 890GX motherboard.

I am getting the 990X motherboard only because it does not have those old IDE and floppy slots, but i am very curious about overclocking!
post #6 of 12
Im not an expert on this but im pretty sure its not necessarily the chipset thats going to help you so much unless its intel (H67 vs Z68 and so on..). It really has to do with the quality of the motherboard like power phases and vrm cooling and things like that.
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post #7 of 12
i concur, the phases and vrms are the most important. that being said the 990xa ud3 is a very good board at the the budget level and will sli as well. its all in what you want though. i would heavily consider doing the ud5 of the 990xa series because the x16 slots are full speed and therefore you will not have a big speed limit in SLI if you were to do so.
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Quote:
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Before posting anything more, listen to what i have to say.
I am not asking about availability! Non of the answers so far is even close the the thread question. It is all about Phenom II X6 performance!
Does the cut down 990X chipset overclocks the Phenom II X6 as good as previous generation hi-end 790FX or 890GX chipsets?
I had a Gigabyte 790XT motherboard before and it was a very bad overclocker compared to 890GX motherboard.
I am getting the 990X motherboard only because it does not have those old IDE and floppy slots, but i am very curious about overclocking!

I can't speak of any of the chipsets, but I can say that just because the motherboard is old, doesn't mean it won't handle a new(er) CPU well. I have the 960T on a 790X chipset, and it overclocks just as well as any other. Even unlocked both additional cores and they run great. The only issues I have are it still runs ddr 2 memory and it's a gigabyte board and they have some strange oddities when they are pushed really, really far.

In the end, it's going to boil down to what is available, and what onboard features you are looking for.
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post #9 of 12
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I can't speak of any of the chipsets, but I can say that just because the motherboard is old, doesn't mean it won't handle a new(er) CPU well.

That is exactly what i was thinking! It was the point of the thread. With that said, it is still unclear if the 990X is as good overclocker as 890GX and 790FX. As someone said that chipset does not mean anything, but then what about that VRM power phase? Does the better quality power phase improve overclocking or is it just some ol marketing BS?
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That is exactly what i was thinking! It was the point of the thread. With that said, it is still unclear if the 990X is as good overclocker as 890GX and 790FX. As someone said that chipset does not mean anything, but then what about that VRM power phase? Does the better quality power phase improve overclocking or is it just some ol marketing BS?

The power phases play a huge role in the strain put on the VRMs. It's especially important when running 6 core processors. 8 (CPU main)+2 (IMC) would be a minimum to ensure smooth power through-out the entire system, especially as you push it further and further. Think of the VRMs as the motherboards power supply, because in essence, that's exactly what it is. It's converting the +12 rail into the power ratings that the CPU and IMC actually use, i.e. 1.250V and 1.150.

In an 8+2 system, the strain is split through 8 of them, reducing temps and increasing longevity. In a 4+1 (while they can easily handle a 6 core processor), there will be half them. The idea is the more phases you have the cooler it would run, and the higher you would be able to push each one individually. At least that's the theory. It works in practice too.

I know gigabyte has a 24 phase, I'm not sure exactly how that is broken down, but that would be sweet and keep the temps way down, because it's split so many ways.
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