A little over a week ago, we reviewed the 990FX based Asus Crosshair V Formula. While highly impressed with the solid performance and extra features, $220 is a lot to ask for an AMD motherboard these days. Since AMD isn’t offering much in terms of high end CPU performance, it makes little sense to spend that much.
Gigabyte usually excels when they stick to a philosophy of only including the things that really matter, with few bells and whistles. We were extremely pleased with their Z68XP-UD4, so it will be interesting if they can replicate that performance with this 990FX board.
The 990FXA-UD3 retails for just around $155 online, so is at a much more reasonable price range for an AMD FX or Phenom II rig. As you can see from the picture above, it does pack quite an impressive voltage regulation circuit, so should be a stable and durable under stress.
While not including a huge box of goodies and gigs of licensed software like the Crosshair V Formula did, the 990FXA-UD3 focuses on what you need, and includes a few tricks up its sleeve, as we’ll find out as we continue with our Gigabyte 990FXA-uD3 review, starting on the next page.