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Conclusion

Time has come to sum up everything we know about the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 mainboard. However, at this point there is really nothing else we could say about it. It is a common and very standard board. It does have certain advantages, but doesn’t boast anything unique and distinguishing, or at least simply interesting. There is nothing that could make it stand out among all other products, and all the advantages it has are available on other manufacturers’ products in certain form or shape. Gigabyte has every right to be proud that this mainboard belongs to the Ultra Durable 3 series, but other makers also use high-quality electronic components for their products. We have come across Driver MOSFET on MSI mainboards for many years already, and Asus not only promises long life of their components but even includes a 5-year warranty for their TUF (The Ultimate Force) series mainboards. Having two BIOS chips onboard could be an advantage, but it sometimes causes additional problems, when the board suddenly decides that one chip has been damaged and overwrites it. Only Asus Maximus IV Extreme gave us full control over two fully-functional independently operating BIOS chips. What else? On/Off Charge technology is not unique, similar solutions are available on other mainboards, too. Easy Energy Saver is also not so new anymore, as most mainboards allow enabling proprietary power-saving technologies right from the BIOS without installing any additional utilities.

All the features of Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 are currently available on the mainboards from other makers, and in some cases they are even better implemented. However, the board is not completely fault-free and also has a few drawbacks. It has only four fan connectors and only two of them allow adjusting the fan rotation speed and only in automatic mode. The BIOS doesn’t support mouse controls. The feature preventing the processor clock frequency from dropping under heavy operational load is still in the beta stage: it can be used during overclocking, but it not in the nominal mode, because in this case the Turbo technology will shut down. The increment for the processor core voltage is way too big. The board failed to overclock our test Bulldozer CPU to its maximum and it was for the first time that we didn’t increase the chipset North bridge frequency at all. Inability to access the BIOS settings seems like a trifle, but it is extremely frustrating and annoying. You have to continuously reboot and sometimes are about to lose it when a simple operation like that keeps failing on you over and over…

You probably would like to know my personal opinion about Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5? This is probably one of those products that I will never even remember I ever tested…

 
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