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We started a series of Socket AM3 mainboard reviews with Asus M4A78T-E based on AMD 790GX chipset. One day we would find a worthy rival for it in Gigabyte’s camp, but this time things are a little different. A number of complications that had been haunting the Asus board right from the beginning made us start looking for an alternative testbed ASAP. We had to find out if the discovered issues were the fault of Asus engineers or were typical of any Socket AM3 mainboards. We managed to get our hands on Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P based on AMD 790X chipset. In fact, we were testing the two mainboards almost simultaneously, replacing them on the testbed, in order to compare the results side by side. I have to say that it is a very interesting approach to testing, as it answers a lot of questions that inevitably pop up when you study a new platform. I will absolutely do it next time again, and today we would like to offer you a review of the Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P mainboard.

Package and Accessories

Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P mainboard is shipped in a small vertical box. It lists the supported functions, technologies and peculiarities of the product.

The mainboard is wrapped in a plastic bag and all bundled accessories are spread out above it. They are:

  • FDD and PATA cables;
  • A pair of SATA cables with metal locks and L-shaped connectors and another pair with straight connectors;
  • A set of brackets and cables for external Serial ATA devices;
  • User’s manual;
  • A booklet with brief assembly instructions in 25 (!) languages;
  • I/O Shield for case rare panel;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Gigabyte Powered” logo sticker.

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