Gi­ga­byte GA-990FX-Gam­ing

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In di­rect com­pe­ti­tion to the MSI 990FXA Gam­ing, we have Gi­ga­byte’s GA-990FXGam­ing. This is a slightly younger mother­board than MSI’s of­fer­ing, hav­ing been re­leased early this year, but one that still caters for per­for­mance and gam­ing sys­tem builders.

Nat­u­rally, it sup­ports AMD AM3+ and AM3 pro­ces­sors, with four DDR3 DIMM slots, six SATA 6Gbps con­nec­tors and a sin­gle M. 2 con­nec­tor, two PCIe x16 slots, a sin­gle PCIe x16 slot run­ning at x4 and three PCIe x1 slots.

The rear I/ O back­plate houses a sin­gle PS/ 2 key­board and mouse port, Type- C USB 3.1 port, Type- A USB 3.1 port, two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, gi­ga­bit ‘ Killer’ Eth­er­net, op­ti­cal S/ PDIF out and a five- port au­dio block. Again, though, as with the MSI mother­board, there are no ad­di­tional video ports for those who want to use AMD’s built- in graph­ics.

As for de­sign, the Gi­ga­byte GA- 990FX- Gam­ing cer­tainly ticks all the right boxes. The black- and- red colour theme across the board looks good, as does the red LED along the au­dio sec­tion of the PCB. There’s metal shield­ing, a sin­gle piece of stain­less steel, re­in­forc­ing the PCIe con­nec­tors to of­fer bet­ter sup­port for graph­ics cards while re­duc­ing any snag­ging you’ll get from place­ment and re­moval, as well as sup­port­ing the larger GPUs; it also helps re­duce EMI.

There’s plenty of room for mul­ti­ple graph­ics cards, with am­ple space be­tween each card’s PCIe slots. There’s also am­ple room for big­ger CPU cool­ing so­lu­tions, although the more ex­treme heatsinks may in­ter­fere with the last DDR3 mem­ory slot, so it’s best to take a few mea­sure­ments be­fore com­mit­ting to a pur­chase.

The ad­di­tion of the M. 2 port is cer­tainly points scored for the GA- 990FX- Gam­ing. In fact, it’s quite sur­pris­ing that the MSI 990FXA missed out on M. 2, since both boards are evenly priced. We as­sume that it’s down to the younger age of the Gi­ga­byte en­try, be­cause M. 2 would have been a lit­tle too ex­pen­sive to in­clude on the MSI mother­board at the time it was man­u­fac­tured. How­ever, M. 2 is a great fea­ture to have here and some­thing a lot of sys­tem builders will opt for over some other mother­board el­e­ments.

An in­ter­est­ing fea­ture of the GA- 990FX- Gam­ing is an up­grade­able OP- AMP ( Op­er­a­tional Am­pli­fier). This, ac­cord­ing to the prod­uct guide, al­lows you to pull the OP chip out and re­place it with an­other. To be fair, we didn’t have any­thing to swap it out with and, if we’re be­ing hon­est, we’re not sure we’d no­tice the dif­fer­ence. But for those who want an ex­tra au­dio fea­ture, the OP- AMP will cer­tainly prove use­ful.

The Gi­ga­byte GA-990FXGam­ing is a fea­ture- rich mother­board that does an in­cred­i­ble job of tick­ing all the right per­for­mance builder and gamer boxes. It’s priced at £ 135, the same as the MSI model, and it does of­fer a lit­tle more in terms of tech­nol­ogy, but it’s still a bit too niche for main­stream sys­tem builders.

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