6 thoughts on “GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  1. 27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent board for the price!, November 5, 2011
    By 
    Kutrix

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    I ordered this board along with a new AMD FX 4100 4-Core Processor, 3.6 4 Socket AM3 – FD4100WMGUSBX. I was a little worried that it might come with an older version of the BIOS that wouldn’t support the new AM3+ processors. When I got it, the case had a sticker stating that the it had the AM3+ enabled BIOS already. Also Amazon shipped the Rev 1.1 board not the 1.0 revision.

    A few things note, the Windows 7 did not have drivers for the LAN, so you’ll need to install them from the CD before you can get on the internet. Also in order to get higher than 1333 for the memory, you’ll have to mess with the BIOS settings.

    Overall, I am very pleased with this board. For all the features you get, it’s well worth the price and you’ll be set for a while with the latest technology.

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  2. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid board with some quirks, September 24, 2011
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    Pros:
    I’ve been using this board for a month now and decided on Gigabyte due to the quality of my last board (P45-UD3R). Apart from going back to AMD (started getting into PCs back in the Athlon64 days, so I decided to gamble on AMD once again) the BIOS still seems very much familiar. Gigabyte still uses their old trusty BIOS (no UEFI yet) with plenty of options to tweak RAM, CPU, etc. The features on this board are hard to pass up for the price with USB 3.0, SATA III, two full x16 lane SLI/Crossfire support and support for the upcoming bulldozer CPUs as well as any AM3 CPU. The color scheme is dead sexy and a complete 180 degree turn from previous Gigabyte boards. I had flashed the BIOS to F3g(at the time I got this) before doing anything else and had absolutely no issues upon boot up. Windows 7 practically took care of the entire setup for me and the only drivers I actually went hunting for were the south-bridge drivers from AMDs site and the latest Etron drivers off Gigabyte’s site. I would personally suggest sticking with msahci drivers for SSDs and TRIM support. Everything seems to work well with GSkill sniper 1866 memory (running @ 1333 for now), Crucial 64gb M4 SSD (average 510 Mb/s read 106 Mb/s write with 0009 firmware) and a fill-in Phenom II x3 720 BE (can’t unlock or overclock past 3.4Ghz for anything unfortunately) until Bulldozer hits.

    “Cons”:
    Now I did do my homework before going in to this, but a word of caution to potential buyers: this board (or mine at least) bumps whatever CPU voltage you set in BIOS up by .02V when the CPU is in idle and then at CPU load the voltage goes back down to your BIOS setting with occasional spikes that drop another .02V. This is with using the latest CPU-Z and HWMonitor and the F4 BIOS. Gigabyte states they followed Bulldozer specifications for this but from what I read this is better than the crazy voltage drops on the UD5 and UD7 boards.
    The only other quirk I can think of is petty but might as well mention it. Gigbayte, and I believe ASRock as well, uses the Etron controller for their USB 3.0 ports which have reportedly caused some issues with certain USB devices, but in my case it takes a good 5 sec. for my USB 3.0 flash drive to be detected whereas it’s instant in the usb2.0 ports (drawback of being non-native?). This is of course using the latest drivers but like I said, it’s trivial and I’m sure this new tech. will perfect itself over time. O yeah, there’s also no LLC control, but this may have have been implemented in the rev. 1.1 or 1.2 boards (yes there is already a rev. 1.2 board out there so hopefully Amazon sends you the latest one).

    Other thoughts:
    The hardest part is just waiting out Bulldozer and hoping it does well (and I haven’t been waiting nearly as long as others actually). For those willing to take a gamble on bulldozer or just want to upgrade their 800 series boards, you can’t go wrong with this one. Make sure to update the BIOS to F4, especially if you receive a rev 1.0 board, and you’re set to go.

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  3. 19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great AM3+ Mobo for the price, September 8, 2011
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    The mobo itself is quite good looking and performs very very well and there’s nothing bad I can say about the performance of it.

    My only thoughts are the color scheme (altho it looks really cool) for people who are quite new on building their own rigs would have problem identifying which slot is which, i.e. ram slots isnt color coded so those newer people would have to spend some time to identfy which DDR3-slot 1 or 2 is. they coulda made those slots gray/black alternating just to make it easier to identify. and the SATA cable slots is facing towards the right side, if it was facing to you it would be easier to mount the calbes, specially if people that would be using this got tight case space, they’d have to spend time and some flexing of the fingers to get the SATA cables in to the sockets xD

    but overall performance wise its perfect for the money, cheapest AM3+ mobo that is capable of dual x16 crossfire set up (thats why I bought this xD) on the market. and a lot of great features like Dual bios (just in case you mess up flashing bios, as the manual suggest, if you don’t get any problems w/ its stock bios, dont play with it! lol) and the Dolby Digital feature is amazing as well, pretty darn good.

    I bought this for dual x16 set-up and in anticipation of the “Bulldozer” CPU’s so currently my temporary setup is

    Mobo – Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 (Of course =P)
    CPU – AMD PhenomII 925 2.8Ghz (OC’d to 3.4, could go 3.6 and still be stable but kept it to 3.4 just to be safe. using this temporarily until bulldozers comes out)
    GPU – Sapphire Flex HD6870 x2 (Crossfire)
    PSU – Corsair TX950 (950watts)
    RAM – Corsair Vengance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    CPU heatsink/fan – Hyper 212 (temporarily using this until new CPU’s comes out then I will switch to water cooling)
    Case – NZXT Lexa S mid-tower Case
    case fans – 6 (2 intake/2exhaust/2custom fan inside for improving air flow)

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  4. 52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Quality as expected from Intel, July 13, 2011
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    T. Black (Charleston, SC) –
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    This review is from: Intel BOXDP67BGB3 Socket 1155, Intel P67, CrossFireX & SLI, SATA3&USB3.0, A&GbE, ATX Motherboard (Personal Computers)

    **Sorry this got so long, I’ve been updating it as I spend more time playing with the board on 3 new PCs. If you want just the most important info, skip to the warnings and updates.

    I’ve had this motherboard in a new build for a few weeks now, and have seen enough to write a preliminary review. This is my third PC build, and I do a good bit of troubleshooting on our work PCs. I would say I’m an experienced geek, but far from an IT professional. I had to wait a few months for the recall and then supply issues (japan quake) to work themselves out, but eventually the board arrived.

    Initial thoughts:
    The board is well packaged, and comes with more than enough SATA cables for a complete build. One thing I love about intel boards is that each header on the board is clearly labeled as to what it is (USB, Rear fan, Power LED, etc). Very nice whether you are a first-time builder or have some experience. This board has a ton of features–way more than I will ever use. The skull alone is enough to tell you that this isn’t your typical bare-bones (no pun intended) Intel motherboard. The new i5 processors are fantastic for the price.

    My setup:
    My rig is basically for going online, storing family photos and videos, doing some editing, occasional 3D CAD, etc. Not using it for gaming or anything intensive, but I want it to be fast and hold up for several years. I re-used my old case (Cooler Master Centurion 5), Power supply (550W I think), old NVidia Graphics card, media reader etc. Old EIDE optical drives need not apply–no longer supported without a card that costs as much as a new SATA DVD burner.

    WARNING: If you are using an older power supply, this board requires an 8-pin 12V power connection (EPS) for the processor. Older PSU’s only have 4-pin (ATX). You need to get an adapter (or new PSU) to make it work. The adapter worked fine in my rig, but it delayed my build by 2 more days. NO ONE had one locally. I called 30 places/technicians…even the giant local electronics warehouse didn’t have it. StarTech 6in 4 Pin to 8 Pin EPS Power Adapter with LP4 – F/M (EPS48ADAP)

    Installation:
    Intel boards come with graphical instructions (lots of pictures, few words) combined with good online documentation. This makes them suitable for first-time builders, and also saves us from the inevitable ‘lost in translation’ garbage that comes in many manuals. The included documentation was minimal, supplemented with all-you-need-to-know online. The only unclear part for me was regarding the bluetooth/wireless-n doodad. It turns out you plug it into any of the USB headers. Would have been nice if it was labeled or explained, but that is the only place it fits. Wireless-n worked upon first startup, but was slow as molasses despite being 20 feet from the N router. So don’t count on it as a permanent solution. I installed my old wireless card and now get a full signal anywhere in the house.

    Other Thoughts:
    Very decent Bios, including some overclocking options and goodies (skull backlighting on/off) as well as the standard stuff. In order to get your RAM to operate at 1600MHz, you will have to change the setting in the Bios or the tuning utility. Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed easily, as did all of the drivers. I first installed from the included DVD, then got the latest driver updates from the intel website and updated everything. You would probably be fine just getting the latest from the website. ***WARNING***If you want your eSATA port to work, install the Marvell RAID drivers first!! And I have confirmed that you can easily use all of the latest drivers from the web instead of the DVD.

    At first, my Windows Experience Index would run for several minutes and fail, but eventually it worked (NVidia update?). It’s running 7.7-7.8 (out of 7.9!) for my i5-2500k and 4GB RAM. 6.6 for my old graphics card, and 5.5 for my SATA3(6GB/s) HDD. Not too shabby, though I would love a SSD to get the data speed up to par.

    The included tuning and monitoring utilities are excellent. I don’t plan on doing any overclocking, but I would be comfortable given the provided utility. It offers full graphical monitoring of dozens of parameters, a good user interface, and built-in customizable stress tests. The utility highlights any new or non-factory settings, making it easy to prevent accidental mistakes. I confirmed that my RAM was operating at 1600 MHz and ran some stress tests for kicks. The board has excellent fan control and kept the system quiet even under stress.

    WARNING: Intel sneaked a free (featureless) version of ESET antivirus package onto the driver disc. Not expecting any bloatware, I did a full install. Since the package did not uninstall…

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  5. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lot of Bang for Your Bucks, February 1, 2012
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    Ruben Dario Hiciano “Music Maven” (Dominican Republic) –
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    This review is from: Intel BOXDP67BGB3 Socket 1155, Intel P67, CrossFireX & SLI, SATA3&USB3.0, A&GbE, ATX Motherboard (Personal Computers)

    If you are an Intel Fan, like me, this board will not disappoint.

    For about $150 you will get LGA1155 support (2nd Gen Core ix processors), USB 3.0, eSata, FireWire (I don’t understand who needs that nowadays), Sata III, 802.11n WiFi and BlueTooth 3.0.
    If you are an experienced builder, you will also appreciate the Back-To-Bios button that allows you to boot into Bios when pressed or the POST codes display led on the board that will show error codes and messages to know the state of your board tests when booting.

    One Simply Can’t ask for more. I am Very happy with my purchase and I am sure others will be too.

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  6. 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Working as intended, November 9, 2011
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    donovan roche (PITTSBURGH, PA, US) –

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    THis motherboard is working great. Only trouble I had was the USB3 slots, and I think that had more to do with Windows 7 then anything else.

    I bought this motherboard after buying TWO broken ASUS P67 Evo’s in a row (first one had a bad PCI slot, the second one had a bad CPU slot). Had no trouble returning either (was thru another big Electronics website not Amazon) so I did more research and came aross this little beauty. I REALLY like the idea that it can handle up to 32 GB of ram ( currently have 16 hehe) and while it may seem to have a ton of USB slots these get used up fast. I also like the future proof of the design, All in all a good buy for the money.

    My build: Gaming Rig:
    Intel i7-2600 CPU
    Nivida GTX 550 Ti ( and a Nivida 8400 GS for regular stuff while I play lol)
    16 GB Ram
    2 ASUS DVD drives
    1TB harddrive
    770 power source

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