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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Gigabit Ethernet, Plenty of USB Ports, Fits in nicely, came with Rev 4 (not a old rev 1 or 2), Bios was easy to navigate.

What little Issues I had were easily resolved with little to no effort.

has Tons of USB Ports for the front of the case to use.

Cons: In Linux:
1. USB 3.0 Ports didn't work and the only 2 USB 2.0 ports did. Turning on IOMMU in Bios worked just fine to fix this issue

2. Secure Boot Blocked Ubuntu Install, agian in bios Disabled Secure Boot & Enabled Legacy Support

3. Network Card didn't work after install (Kept disconnecting & reconnecting) Went to Gigabytes website, and downloaded the LINUX Native drivers. Ran the SH Script it came with and BOOM everything was fixed :)

Other Thoughts: My Setup / Tested

OS: Ubuntu 14.04LTS / Linux Mint 17.1
CPU: AMD FX 8350 8 Core
RAM: Corsair Vengence 8Gig (2 slots) 1600Mhz
Drive: Kingston 128Gig SSD

ASUS A78M-E FM2+ AMD A78 (Bolton D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fits in snuggly, installed with little issues, no updating of the BIOS required to make my components run.

Cons: Had to trim the metal bracket a little bit to make the connectors fit in.

Doesn't have many USB ports (but i knew that buying it.)

Not happy with ASUS Customer Support (Online chat 2hrs to get a answer on my question)

Other Thoughts: Loses 1 Egg due to a combination of ASUS being slowest customer support on the planet, and that their BIOS is misleading as it says "SECURE BOOT ENABLED" in gray where you can't change it. You can bypass secure boot by changing the OS Type to "Other OS" instead of "Windows UEFI", but the Secure boot still shows "enabled" even though it booted without secure boot.

ASUS A78M-E FM2+ AMD A78 (Bolton D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small board fits in nicely, not real complicated setup to it, includes USB 3.0, Dvi, HDMI, and VGA options. Bios has a nice looking overclocking tool (i didn't use it, but looked easy).

Cons: 1. Secure Boot - When you go into Bios (even if you set a Admin password) Secure Boot is Grayed out which means anything other then windows 8.1 your out of luck. I opened a case # for this issue. If no response ill return this board and get a different brand.

2. The area for the pins to be plugged in is just a simple set of pins, no labels or color coded background for the pins that make it easier to plug in the case wires.

3. The Metal bracket needed some trimming to fit right.

4. Very few USB Ports were used up quickly with mouse/keyboard/printer....

Other Thoughts: If no response soon i'll be returning it. Furious that it's so hard to simply disable Secure boot. The old junky Bios you normally find it would of been easy. Looking online through 2 dozen websites has yielded no results. I expected better of ASUS, If they get back to me with a fix ill put this up to 5 stars easy, but otherwise ill drop it down to 1 and send it back.


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Display Name: jon w.

Date Joined: 10/04/09

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 12/12/09
  • Last Review: 02/13/15
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