Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H Review

The Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H is one feature-rich motherboard I have used — it has functionalities not normally seen on regular motherboards. This model has the latest ATI 790GX chipset and incorporates a Radeon 3300 IGP.

Here’s the specs overview:

– Supports AMD Phenom and Athlon CPUs
– Dual Channel DDR2 1066 MHz (4x4GB up to 16GB RAM)
– Built-in 128MB DDR3 1333MHz SidePort Memory
– Integrated ATI Radeon HD3300 graphics (DirectX10)
– dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface with ATI CrossFireX/Hybrid CrossFireX support
– Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE1394
– built-in 106dB SNR ALC889A HD audio
– Integrated HDMI/ DVI interface with HDCP
– DualBIOS with dual hardware BIOS protection

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One obvious advantage of this model is the extended number of expansion slots — you get up to 12 USB ports, 4 RAM slots, 6 SATA 3G ports, 7 PCI/PCIe slots and 2 IEEE 1394 headers.

The Gigabyte mobo seems perfect for overclocking CPUs because of its stability and controllability. I built a rig with this one along with an AMD Phenom 9950 X4 and a Palit ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 512-bit GDDR5 with great results.

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Benchmark results can be reviewed here along with performance numbers. This item isn’t available locally but may get a price tag in the north of Php7,000 when it goes out.

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