Introduction to the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5
We have read and even written a few reports on AMD's 890GX chipset, a very versatile offering that gives an individual all they would want in a smaller mATX form factor. Best suited for home theater setups, we see motherboards like the MSI 890GXM and the Asrock 890GX overclock pretty solidly.
With the introduction of the AMD Thuban six-core processor, many end-users are looking for a performance chipset for AMD's higher-end processor. That chipset would be the 890FX. Chances are the first people to run out and get the new processors will be gamers and overclockers, these guys and gals know the advantages of the 890FX over the 890GX are much needed. The biggest of the differences would be the configuration of the PCIe 2.0 slots. With the 890GX you are given a single 16x bandwidth slot and the newer 890FX gives you dual full bandwidth over two slots.
Yes, the new Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 gives you all the benefits of the 890FX chipset. They have even given the chipset a bit of Gigabyte's own prescription. The resulting medicine would be the ability to unlock the extra cores on X3 and X4 Athlon II and Phenom II processors. This ability is no longer present within the chipset, but integrated in the motherboard via a hardware mounted IC. Another Gigabyte exclusive is the Ultra Durable 3 Technology, which means that two ounces of copper is placed into each PCB for better heat dissipation and stability.