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Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3 socket.

It has , 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

help iconCPU Socket1help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible Make1help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset1help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm Factor1help iconPCI Slots1
help iconMax RAM1help iconSATA 1.01
help iconRAM Slots1help iconSATA 2.01
help iconMemory Channels1help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds1help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconInternal I/O1
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear1help iconBack Panel I/O1
help iconGraphics Card Interface1

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P compatibility review

The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P uses the AMD Socket AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P has 9 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P's PCIe v2.x. The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P has 10 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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