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Pros: The GA-990FXA-UD7, like other baords in Gigabyte's Ultra Durable series, is built like a tank. The PCB is very thick and there is virtually no flex whatsoever. This is a very solid motherboard, you can't tell from the pictures. The layout is clean with nothing looking like it was shoehorned in. Full-length heatpipe connecting the Southbridge, Northbridge and VRMs for a more even heat dissipation. Fired right up after installing, already came with the latest FC BIOS.
Survived an 8 hour run of Prime95 blend without warnings or errors, and the highest temp observed by HWMonitor was 43°C at full load. The G.Skill RAM was running its most aggressive XMP Profile 2 with timings of 1866Mhz at 9-9-9-24-1T.
Cons: Loadline calibration doesn't work well, or at all, when set to Auto. To maintain proper voltages when under full load (such as a Prime95 run), you need to set the Loadline Calibration to "High". Not "Very High", not "Extreme". Just "High".
Not really a con, but you need to be mindful of the PCI-E slot #1 (where your only/first video card goes). If you have a large CPU cooler like Noctua NH-D14, the back of the video card will be within a few centimeters of the fins/fan clips on the Noctua. No risk of contact, but they are close.
Other Thoughts: Be aware that this is an Extended ATX motherboard, so be sure your case can accommodate it before you order.
If you are populating more than three PCI-E slots, Gigabyte recommends connecting ATXP4 to a SATA power connection for auxiliary power to ensure the slots are not power starved.
Newegg was out of stock on this board for months, literally. I emailed Gigabyte's tech support and asked them if they were still making it. I got an email reply 8 minutes later saying yes they still make this board. Yes, 8 minute turnaround to an email question. On a Friday. Amazing.
AMD FX-8350 CPU
AMD Radeon R9 290X Sapphire TRI-X
Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler
G.Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB 1866MHz 9-9-9-24-1T
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB SSDs
HT|Omega Claro Halo sound card
Sennheiser G4me Zero circumaural 150 Ohm headset
SeaSonic Platinum SS-860XP2 860W PSU
SilverStone FT02 thermodynamic ATX case
Tripp Lite 1500VA 940W line-conditioning UPS
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Amazingly comfortable ear cups when worn, more so than any other headset I have ever owned. Closed design is effective at keeping ambient sounds around you out.
Solid build quality. Swing boom mic up to mute.
Other Thoughts: The headset speakers are rated at 150 Ohm. Be sure you have an audio output that is capable of properly driving them.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Matthew T.
Date Joined: 01/12/09
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