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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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1 out of 5 eggs Good layout but major issues 01/11/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: There was plenty of space to put all the peripherals and a ton of USB ports.

Cons: Once I got the board booted it took forever to do an install of Windows 7. I had a brand new SSD and 16 gigs of memory so I knew there was an issue. Once Windows loaded (slower than my old dual core) it was crash after crash programs would Stop Responding and I couldn't load the drivers it just would quit, crash and black screen.

The UEFI BIOS is like something out of the 90's my mouse was very much useless so I had to use the keyboard anyway.

Other Thoughts: At first I thought it was the HDD but it ran fine on my working Asus/Intel PC lightning fast read writes. All of the memory sticks were working in my PC because I just pulled them after an upgrade.

So I don't have a clue as to why this board made everything bog down so badly. I have never encountered anything like this.

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W BX80637I53550 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast, I upgraded from a AMD 3800 dual core to this and trust me there is a difference. I can't believe how fast this processor is even without overclocking. (I never OC my CPUs) Just knowing that I can is really awesome.

Cons: I'm no longer a AMD fanboy. I have always run AMD CPU's starting with the socket A's XP series. I was told on my new build to go for Intel by a good friend (Thanks Russ) because it's better for gaming. Glad I listened.

Other Thoughts: Even though I liked AMD I will definitely recommend Intel CPU's from now on.

HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's Kingston and I have always had good luck with Kingston ram.

Cons: I had to tweak the voltage in the BIOS to get it to run at 1600 but it's just an annoyance not wroth docking an egg.

Other Thoughts: Runs smooth and likes my games.


Aerum D.'s Profile

Display Name: Aerum D.

Date Joined: 12/30/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 05/13/06
  • Last Review: 01/11/15
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