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Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:48 am

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Gigabyte supports AMD Socket AM3 processors with their latest and greatest motherboard in the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P. This board supports DDR3 memory and sports the 790FX/SB750 combination of chipsets. Is this the board you have been looking for as you build that new AMD socket AM3 system? Take a look and see how it performs!

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The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P was a motherboard that gave us no reason to complain about anything. We had no issues at all using the board. In fact, at the end of testing there was nothing that stood out negative about the board at all. Maybe some wishes, but we have those with every board we look at...


Article Title: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/973/1/
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby FeRaL » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:14 am

Very thorough as always. Nice to see that it OCs well as I have read reviews where they state that they were disappointed in the voltage increments for the vcore and that they felt it hindered the OCability of the mobo.

Any upcoming reviews on the MSI 790FX-GD70? I would really like to see how the two stack up against each other.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby Gomeler » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:39 am

I've been benching with the Gigabyte 790FXT-UD5P for about 3 months and it has treated me very well. The CPU PWM is very stable, the BIOS is stable, the board is very predictable, and the build quality is top notch. In dozens of hours of LN2 benching and hundreds of hours of cascade benching I've only killed 1 790FXT-UD5P and that was due to condensation and a mosfet blowing up(all user error). I'd have to say this board only has 1 design error, the two PCIe x16 slots. A third slot would have been greatly appreciated.

I like the Gigabyte 790FXT-UD5P a little more than the MSI 790FX-GD70 simply due to build quality. The MSI is another great board but I've heard of too many 790FX-GD70s blowing up. Keep in mind though this is typically under dry ice and LN2 when the CPU PWM is being pushed way past design spec. For the average consumer either board will suffice, but when forced to choose I'd take the Gigabyte due to build quality.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby geokilla » Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:33 pm

Any results on multiplier + FSB overclocking?

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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby shaxs » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:34 am

I jsut picked one of these up based on the review over the MSI you had that blew up... building my new rig this weekend!
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:44 am

Speaking of the MSI board that blew up we have the replacement board in and will be posting up the new overclocking results in an article on Saturday... They fixed the problem with a new revision.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby shaxs » Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:52 pm

Oh nice. The MSI was in my shopping cart when I ran across the article here. Several reviewers said it was one of the most frustrating overclocking experiences they ever had. I am curious to see how it stacks up for you guys.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:12 am

shaxs wrote:Oh nice. The MSI was in my shopping cart when I ran across the article here. Several reviewers said it was one of the most frustrating overclocking experiences they ever had. I am curious to see how it stacks up for you guys.


well they had a component on the board that failed when the voltage was increased. They have since fixed the issue, so it should be golden now (if you happen to get a newer board). Not sure why MSI was so hush-hush by it. Crap happens... Be honest about it and tell people publicly.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby shaxs » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:14 pm

Apoptosis wrote:
shaxs wrote:Oh nice. The MSI was in my shopping cart when I ran across the article here. Several reviewers said it was one of the most frustrating overclocking experiences they ever had. I am curious to see how it stacks up for you guys.


well they had a component on the board that failed when the voltage was increased. They have since fixed the issue, so it should be golden now (if you happen to get a newer board). Not sure why MSI was so hush-hush by it. Crap happens... Be honest about it and tell people publicly.


I might be buyin one of these at frys... is there a certain revision number to look for that fixes the problem?
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby shaxs » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:16 pm

OMG with this board. I have had my computer a week and I am STILL trouble shooting. Never had this much pain before. I have everything i nthe bios at default levels except the ram which I have changed to the manafacutre levels.

When running Prime95 cpu test on Windows 7 64bit RC, I get a gray screen and the system freezes. I cannot seem to get the system stable enough to pass any Prime stress tests, AMD over clock stability test of OCCT.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby XstollieX » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:23 pm

Have you tried running mem test. Since the only thing that you have adjusted is the memory I would try running that first. Did you bump the voltage up with the frequency or just the frequency. What are the entire system specs that you are running. You may want to start a thread on this so we don't hijack this one.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby shaxs » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:28 pm

XstollieX wrote:Have you tried running mem test. Since the only thing that you have adjusted is the memory I would try running that first. Did you bump the voltage up with the frequency or just the frequency. What are the entire system specs that you are running. You may want to start a thread on this so we don't hijack this one.


Yep, with the help of OCZ, http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum ... hp?t=63866 I found one bad stick of ram in the 4. I tested two known good ones last night in mentest86+ 4.0 for 8 hours and no errors.
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Re: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review

Postby shaxs » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:47 pm

Started a thread here: about23657.html
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