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Welcome, to the Official GA-890FXA-UD5/UD7 Owners Thread/Club. We look forward to hearing about your experiences with these great boards. We will try to keep this first post current with the latest relative update information and news. Our community also has a wealth of knowledge and will be glad to answer any questions you might have however, please, read through the thread to see if your question has already been addressed. Thanks!

GA-890FXA-UD5 Rev. 3.1 (AM3+) Pix:

GA-890FXA-UD5 Pix:

GA-890FXA-UD7 Pix:

Other threads featuring discussions about this board:

Those in the quote box are now merged with this thread!!!


[Project] Alpha Draconis Loricatus (Armored Thuban) {ever evolving}
This project thread features the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 with the AMD PhenomII x6 1090T "Thuban" and is worth a look as it contains lots of valuable information.

(Please submit you Q&A suggestions via PM to fidof650.

Q: When will the GA-890FXA-UD5 Rev. 3.1 (AM3+) be released?
A: The GA-890FXA-UD5 Rev. 3.1 (AM3+) has already been released in Japan. I will update this post when I am made aware of it's anticipated release date in other areas. (Please PM me with updated information.)

Q: In CPUID HWMonitor, which temp is what?
A: TMPIN0 = system temp; TMPIN1 = CPU temp; TMPIN2 = NB temp

Q: Where can I find information about these boards?
A: Links:

About AMD 800 Series Chipset
Owners Manual UD5 (English)
Owners Manual UD7 (English)
Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 OEM Page
Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 OEM Page

Q: Where can I get the most recent BIOS Updates for this board?
A: BIOS Updates:

890FXA-UD5 Update "F1/F2/F3/F4/F5/F6"
The F3 BIOS is getting great results.
Back-up your raid before moving from F4 to F5.

890FXA-UD7 Update "F1/F2/F4/F5b"


Originally Posted by BeepBeep View Post
Any bios after F2 are completely [expletive deleted] for UD7, I bet there isnt many happy people, they will have half-dead boards trying to figure out the C1 loop issue. Both F3d beta + F3c beta kill it.

NOTE: The F3 BIOS is no longer available from Gigabyte.

Q: How do I flash the BIOS?
A: Official Q-Flash Instructions:
Official Q-Flash Webpage
Official Q-Flash .pdf

Official @BIOS Instructions:
Official @BIOS Webpage

Q: Where do I get the most recent drivers?
A: Drivers:


Q: What memory works well in these boards?
A: Member Memory Recommendations: To make a memory recommendation please PM me and I'll update the spreadsheet with your data.

No Iframe SupportGoogle Spreadsheet

Q: Which memory should be avoided?
A: BAD Memory - Blacklist

OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (PC3 12800) OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
DDR3 - 1600Mhz (PC3-12800)
Comments: Unstable when set as rated.

DDR3 - 1600 (PC3 12800)
Comments: Unstable when set as rated.

Q:What is the difference between v2.0 and v2.1
A:Physical Boards: The Core Boost chip seems to have disappeared on the 2.1 revision.

  • DIMM sockets are remapped.
    DIMM 1 (ddr3_1 / slot 1) = Unchanged
    DIMM 2 (ddr3_2 / slot 2) becomes ddr3_3 (slot 3)
    DIMM 3 (ddr3_3 / slot 3) becomes ddr3_2 (slot 2)
    DIMM 3 (ddr3_4 / slot 4) = Unchanged
    DIMM 1 & DIMM 2 = Dual channel in rev 2.0
    DIMM 1 & DIMM 3 = Dual channel in rev 2.1
  • 2.0 rates memory speed at 1866+
    2.1 rates memory speed at 2000+
    (This is speculated to be related to the F3 BIOS that comes on the 2.1)
  • 2.0 required that you use DIMM 3 & DIMM 4 to reach clock speeds of 1866+.
    2.1 does not list such a requirement.
  • Solid state capacitors are also changed on 2.1.

Q: What articles have been written about these boards?
A: Articles/Reviews:

X-Bit Comparison between GA-890FXA-UD7 and ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
A very detailed comparison of these two boards.

clunk.org.uk 890FXA-UD7 Living Review
A very detailed forum style review by supershanks (thanks!).

PureOverclock 890FXA-UD5 Review
This review puts the 890FXA-UD5 to the test using dry ice extreme cooling to push its limits. They were able to reach some impressive numbers!!!

ProClockers.com 890FXA-UD5 Review
This Review focuses on the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5.

Tom's Hardware Review
This article compares the following 5 890FX motherboards: ASRock 890FX Deluxe3 // Asus Crosshair IV Formula // Biostar TA890FXE // Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 // MSI 890FXA-GD70

This article features the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7, ASUS Crosshair IV Formula, & MSI 809FXA-GD70 boards. Of interest is that the UD7 and the UD5 are very similar making this article relevant to both.

Q: Where do I get the programs you guys refer to in your posts?
A: Useful Programs:

AMD Overdrive
Fun to tinker with... Doesn't replace BIOS OCing!
The standard for displaying system specs.
Good hardware monitoring program.
Graphics monitoring software.
Supposed to allow you to monitor system temperature and adjust fan speeds.
(More of a toy than a tool... I've never seen it work well.)
Good temperature monitoring software.
Has many great programs built into one easy to use interface - Its core is in fact OCCT
For the CPU Burn it uese Prime to hammer the CPU; For the Memory test it uses Intels LinPack Memory tester to hammer both the CPU and the Memory; For the Graphics it uses a furmark style of test; and for the Power Supply it uses combo of the above. Great overall stress testing too to make sure your system and temperatures are safe and stable.
Memory testing utility. (boot disk .iso)
A well accepted stress testing tool.
Another stress testing tool.

Q: What other information might be useful to me?
A: Other Useful Info:

Phenom II OC Guide
Air Cooling

Q: How do I become an official members of this Thread/Club?
A: Official Members:

The spreadsheet below is the Members list for current CPU-Z Validated members. To become a CPU-Z Validated member, simply add your information by following this link to the input form. Members who are already in the spread sheet may update their entry by completing the input form as if you are entering your information for the first time. Duplicate entries will be deleted in favor of the one with the most recent time-stamp so, please make sure all entries are complete. If you have a reason to keep two entries (i.e. you own two boards) please, PM fidof650 with your reason or to provide feedback or suggestions for improving this spreadsheet.

No Iframe SupportGoogle Spreadsheet

Please, keep your system information up to date (edit your system info here) in order that we may establish context for your comments. Owning the GA-890FXA-UD5/UD7 is not a requirement of membership but is recommended as your stats will remain unceremoniously blank without it. Non-owners or non-validated owners must ask (via PM) to be added to the member list.

The below members have not yet provided CPU-Z Validation or are not board-owners.

--///-- mike44njdevils: --///-- ToxicAdam: --///-- Dirk1: --///-- Biermann: --///-- Marc-Olivier Beaudoin: --///-- saiyanzzrage: --///-- Lazorbeam: --///-- tinate: --///-- popncali: --///-- moorhen2: --///-- sebaz: --///-- supershanks: --///-- Stytch: --///-- JW Pepper: --///-- CHUNKYBOWSER: --///-- esxiproject: --///-- MicH_NL: --///-- agonggo: --///-- MicH_NL: --///-- fid: --///-- ebolamonkey3: --///-- blostorm: --///-- jjceo: --///-- Shroomalistic: --///-- klaxian: --///-- attackferret: --///-- Savvage: --///-- EV!L: --///-- balael: --///-- Rains: --///-- mayhemonger: --///-- Velathawen: --///-- Section-9: --///-- lngu81: --///-- polynomialc: --///-- hylong: --///-- crossy82: --///-- I_Claudius: --///-- lancermagi: --///-- IntelLover: --///-- bungynik: --///-- bob2701: --///-- joh06937: --///-- senth: --///-- alphabot: --///-- gallo81: --///-- blur510: --///-- GrassIsGreen: --///-- stasio: --///-- mayhemonger: --///-- Savvage: --///-- erikpfeiffer15: --///-- shaddix: --///-- M0nk: --///-- TheMasterPC: --///-- cliveneo: --///-- tt335i: --///-- joh06937: --///-- Necromatic: --///-- maido: --///-- oCkM: --///-- Salt-City_Slasher: --///-- preorded: --///-- tehmaggot: --///-- blackalphabet: --///-- icekreme1002: --///-- VectorThorn: --///-- I love xD: --///-- MrTG17: --///-- Pullback: --///-- akrein62: --///-- buggyman: --///-- Dr Nick: --///-- rickshaw: --///-- RagingCain: --///-- moethelawn: --///-- JediMaster: --///-- Caterpillar: --///-- Kantastic: --///-- Robi-G: --///-- Hoshiyo: --///-- Junglebizz: --///-- adamlau: --///-- Soilentblue: --///-- VirtualJockey: --///-- kickmic: --///-- myriad1973: --///-- blaze15301: --///-- unreal104: --///-- conor1148: --///-- spoongy: --///-- chais82: --///-- vindiesel: --///-- Niffler: --///-- OscarD: --///-- bfis108137: --///--

Additional Information:

CPU-Z Validation does not denote stability. Please, provide a description of any stability testing if available.

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Originally Posted by SimpleTech View Post

They are all sexy.
True. The UD7 doesn't lay out as well for me (I have a PCIe x1 wireless card, and don't want to deal with it using a x8 or x16 lane and stealing bandwidth.

But, I do agree, the UD7 is rather easy on the eyes

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Originally Posted by mike44njdevils View Post
LOL, yes yes they would look good covered in water now wouldn't they

I would think some LN2 to make that silicon even "nippier".

Though I prefer natural...

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Wow, that UD7 is overkill. But still nice though. Especially that water-cooling block option.

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I agree, very sexy. Especially that floppy drive connector makes it really stand out from the rest of the 890FX boards!!

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been there for a couple days I think. The UD5 doesn't seem like anything special, the UD7 seems pretty impressive though (on paper).
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