The 990FX-Gaming supports all AMD AM3 and AM3+ socket processors. 2-Way Graphics Support is available over the dual metal shielded PCI-E 16x slots. There is a PCI-E Gen2 x4 M.2 connectors with up to 20Gb/s data transfer. Audio is powered by the Realtek ALC1150 audio processor with a TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier with replaceable OP-Amps. Gigabyte has also included dual USB 3.1 ports, one Type-A and one Type-C. Gigabyte’s APP Center software that has been so popular on their Intel motherboards is also included. All in all there are quite a few new features to get excited about, many of which are common to recent Intel motherboards but are new to the world of AMD motherboards.
Focusing more on the 990FX-Gaming’s features, audio is built around Gigabyte’s AMP-UP solution that features a replaceable op-amp for a customisable listening experience. Networking is handled by a Killer E2200 series NIC which is bolstered by its OS-based management software for gamers. Catering for the target audience, Gigabyte gives its 990FX-Gaming the G1 treatment which includes fancy heatsinks and a red-and-black color scheme.
The G1 series is the enthusiasts, no holds bar, top end line. From style to features, it’s designed to perform as good as it looks. Stay tuned as I will be reviewing that performance over the next few weeks and I’ll let you know how it went. But for now, lets see what this particular board has to offer. The front of the box embraces their new gaming series branding nicely. Red ,black & silver with white letting it provides a contrasting look and eye catching.
- Supports AMD AM3+/ AM3 Processor
- Dual Channel DDR3, 4 DIMMs
- Fast USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ – The World’s Next Universal Connector
- PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 20Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
- 2-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
- 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
- Killer™ E2200 series Gaming Networks
- High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with Ambient LED Trace Path Lighting
- USB DAC-UP ports
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology
The lower end of the motherboard contains most of the front panel connections. The M.2 socket resides below the top PCI-E 16x slot. Red LED audio trace lighting is present. The Amped-Up Audio is powered by the Realtek ALC1150 audio processor with a TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier with replaceable OP-Amps. This first time we have seen this high of a level of audio solution on an AMD motherboard.
The rear I/O has quite a few ports. There are four USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports, as well as a Type-A USB 3.1 port and a Type-C USB 3.1 port. A PS/2 keyboard/mouse port allows for legacy input device connectivity. The one RJ-45 port is driven by a Killer Networks E2201 chip. A S/PDIF Out and 5 audio jacks provide option for audio connections.
Metal reinforced PCIe slots
An interesting concept comes to light here. With graphics cards getting bigger and heavier, Gigabyte has developed a stainless steel sheath for the PCIe slots. Connected directly to the motherboard and not the PCIe connector, these are in theory supposed to offer better support and strength for said GPU cards, and/or the frequent removal of them. There has been issues with some motherboards losing the PCIe connector from the board upon the removal of a GPU. If nothing else, it does offer a cool aesthetic value.
The board apparently features LED lighting for the audio guard path, providing a cool, custom look. “Not only does the Audio Noise Guard protect the board’s sensitive analog audio components, but its LEDs can also be programed to beat at the rhythm of the music you are listening to, or pulse at a soothing pace to create a great atmosphere to enhance the environment of your game, movie or music.” Ok , that honestly might be cool to see.
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