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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: None; unusable.
Cons: -Completely unusable for FX9370 build.
Other Thoughts: I assumed that because the board is compatible with a number of visheras out of the box that it would at least post, or allow me to update the bios. Not only is this not the case, it also doesn't generate any beeps or any information whatsoever. it also fails to post with no CPU, which I know is a longshot, but was worth a shot.
I don't even know if it's DOA or not. Fans spin up, lights go on, board gets power, but absolutely nothing happens. I tested multiple for sure working RAM modules and several different GPUs in several different slots. I have spent hours testing the blasted thing with multiple configurations but I'm up the river because I don't have a spare AM3 processor to upgrade my bios. I don't understand how they can advertise that it supports these gpus without mentioning that it requires not only a bios upgrade but that this upgrade is impossible without an older CPU. upgrading from an APU machine, I do not, and I am furious.
AVOID this board if you are going with a 9370 or similar, check the compatibility list on gigabytes website and make sure if you need a bios upgrade you have something that works!
Pros: free water cooling, outperforms my Cooler Master Hyper N520
Extreme performance for my needs.
Cons: doesn't grant wishes
does not taste very good
Other Thoughts: I run six displays over 3 GPUs. Rather than an ultra-wide setup or eyefinity thing, I just use a 55in screen for gaming/primary, and the rest host chat/monitoring/email/browser/etc. In a work from home enviroment this makes it very easy for me to jump from gaming to research to working to chat and back... I do not like alt tabbing.
My previous architecture was an APU as I was on a budget. While this performed very well and even gamed decently for the price, I had waited some time to upgrade as it meant a new mobo, new socket type, new cooler, and no onboard video backup.
But... the second I fired my system up, the difference between this and a 4 core setup was just mind blowing. Nothing I threw at it could slow it down.
It was a great buy and I'm super happy with the performance vs the cost.
This review is from: ECS A990FXM-A AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Cheap for a 990FX board.
Good layout of PCIE x16 slots, none of that three right next to each other and can't fit a double sized card and use all of them that you see sometimes.
Cons: Exploded, belched reaking smoke, ceased working within a day.
Other Thoughts: Exploded in less than a day. I had set up and used my machine normally with zero issue. Gaming performance was real good, even CPU intense stuff went great. A few hours before work, I thought I'd fire up prime95 while monitoring the temps, to see how quickly it spikes and how the water block that came with the fx-9370 performs.
Not 5 minutes in, my computer started wretching pink smoke and shut itself off. Horrified, but curious, I popped off the panel and powered it up for just a second to see the source; northbridge.
I pulled the board, wasting all the time I'd spent getting the water cooler situated which of course had to be removed to get the board out, and take a look; I didn't have any loose metal, or an accidentally unneeded motherboard stand. Nothing near the problem spot... it simply overheated, melted the plastic pin holding down the northbridge heatsink, and destroyed itself from there.
For me, that's horrible. I know a single incident of failure isn't proof of a low quality product, but what if this had happened a month from now, when I couldn't RMA with newegg? DOA, that happens. But quick failure scares me and leads me to fear a company does not use high enough quality parts for me to want to purchase from them. I want something that will likely outlive it's warranty.... and in the future, I will not be going with ECS. Fortunately, my components otherwise appear to be undamaged, but the jury is out on the FX processor.... I'm really, REALLY hoping that's undamaged.