Gigabyte Unveils AM3+ GA-990FX-Gaming Motherboard

AMD’s upcoming Zen architecture requires a new socket and supports DDR4 memory. This is the first socket change in almost five years and there hasn’t been many updates to the ageing AM3+ platform. However, in a surprise announcement, Gigabyte has just revealed the GA-990FX-Gaming motherboard which supports AMD AM3+ FX processors, and the older AM3 Phenom as well as the Athlon II.

Additionally, the motherboard can utilize a maximum capacity of 32GB 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz DDR3 memory. There’s also a Killer E2201 LAN chip, Realtek ALC 1150 codec with TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier, USB 3.1 with USB Type-C, UEFI DualBIOS Technology, 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors and an M.2 connector.

On the rear I/O, we can see a PS/2 connector, single USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, an RJ-45 port, optical S/PDIF connector and audio jacks. The motherboard provides a great deal of expansion slots and adopts a gamer-friendly red and black colour scheme. It will be fascinating to see how this performs compared to much older motherboards on the AM3+ platform, and we should be receiving a review sample from Gigabyte very soon.

ASRock Just Announced The Full Fatal1ty Killer Gaming Motherboard Series

ASRock just unveiled the mew Killer Series motherboards, having exactly as the name states, killer design and performance. The series is made up of the Z87, B85, 990FX and FM2A88X+, all Killer!

Apart from the ludicrously fast Killer LAN that speeds up networking performances up to 5 times faster, this time ASRock has also added more surprising elements into the game, 990FX Killer is the world’s first motherboard to have a PCIe Gen2 x2/SATA M.2 socket.

The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) solid state drives or other devices. ASRock’s 990FX Killer supports M.2 SATA3 6.0Gb/s modules and M.2 PCI Express modules up to Gen2 x2 10Gb/s , which is 2X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5 Gb/s. It increases the NGFF SSDs performance while reducing the load time and boosting overall performance.

Other features that are included in the Killer gaming motherboard series include Premium Gold Capacitors, Digi Power, Purity Sound 115dB SNR, Gaming Armor, Key Master, F-Stream and XSplit 3 month premium license which is worth $24.95.


Motherboard full specs:

1 – ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound, HDMI-In
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger, SLI/CrossFireX Power Connector
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 8 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 3050+(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, NVIDIA® Quad SLI
  • VGA Output/Input Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI-Out, HDMI-In
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, F-Stream, Key Master, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key
  • 6 SATA3, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 8 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

2 – ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1600
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 3 PCI
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX
  • VGA Output Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, F-Stream, Key Master, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key
  • 4 SATA3, 2 SATA2, 4 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 2 Rear), 8 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

3 – ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger, SLI/CrossFireX Power Connector
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports Socket AM3+ / AM3 processors
  • Supports 8-Core CPUs
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 8 + 2 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2450(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, NVIDIA® Quad SLI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, F-Stream, Key Master, X-Boost, XFast RAM, Easy Driver Installer
  • 5 SATA3, 1 M.2 (NGFF) Socket, 1 eSATA3
  • 7 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear, 1 Vertical Type A), 10 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 5 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

4 – ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger, SLI/CrossFireX Power Connector
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports Socket FM2+ 95W / FM2 100W processors
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2600+(OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 3 PCI
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX and Dual Graphics
  • Graphics Output Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, Key Master, F-Stream, X-Boost, XFast RAM, Easy Driver Installer, USB Key
  • 8 SATA3, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 10 USB 2.0 (6 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

For more information please refer to the ASRock Fatal1ty website.

Thank you ASRock for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of ASRock

ASUS Announce That Their Current 990FX Fully Support The FX-9000 Series

ASUS have revealed that all their current 990FX motherboards will fully support AMD’s FX 9000 series of processors which currently consist of the FX-9370 and FX-9590 processors. These will work fine without the need for any BIOS updates but the clarification was needed as the high TDP of the FX-9000 series means that some motherboards might struggle or fail to meet the demanding power requirements.

ASUS confirm that the Crosshair V Formula-Z, Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 and M5A99FX Pro R2.0 will all support the FX-9000 series fully. AMD recommend that you pair their CPU with a 1200W PSU (massive overkill in my opinion) and a decent closed loop liquid CPU cooler like a Corsair H100i.

ASUS are also claiming that their motherboards will be able to support up to 2400MHz on the memory side of things, something not all other vendors can offer.

“ASUS is a market leader in the motherboard industry, thanks to the quality and innovation of its products,” said Roy Taylor, Corp Vice President of Global Channel Sales at AMD. “The out-of-the-box support for AMD FX-9000 Series processors offered by its 990FX-based motherboards is further proof of the solid design and high-quality components for which ASUS has long been renowned. In fact it’s so good, I used the same motherboard in my PC at home.”

Image courtesy of ASUS

AMD’s FX-9590 Gets A Huge Price Cut, Joins The HD 7990

AMD’s FX-9590 CPU has just has its price cut in the UK from the £700 MSRP all the way down to a £300 MSRP. This means the FX-9590 is now around twice the price of the CPU it is based on, the FX 8350, which costs about £146. The retailer in question, Aria PC, did not specify if such a price drop was initiated by themselves or AMD but given the extent of the price reduction we can assume AMD has indeed lowered the price of the FX-9590 processor which is hardly surprising as it probably wasn’t selling very well at £650-700. The FX-9590 joins the HD 7990 in getting a massive price cut, for those who do not remember AMD chopped the price of the HD 7990 down $300 just a few weeks ago from $999.99 to $699.99.

AMD’s FX-9590 runs at 4.7GHz stock and turbos up to 5GHz so requires some serious cooling to keep it tamed. A Corsair H100i or Cooler Master Seidon 240M is recommended. It is also recommended that only high-end 990FX motherboards from Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS or ASRock are used with the latest BIOS updates. Though the FX-9590 is an OEM part there is a direct AMD warranty available for a period of 2 years.

You can see AMD’s FX-9590 for £299.99 right here.

Image courtesy of AMD

First FX-9590 System Is Spotted, Costs $4500

The AMD FX-9590 costs about $900 so any pre-built system with it in is never going to be cheaper. That said the first pre-built FX-9590 system has been spotted by Hermitage Akihabara (via TechPowerUp) from G-Tune. This is going to be the best AMD system money can buy and the a1500BA1 desktop boasts an AMD FX-9590 and a Radeon HD 8990 (which is a branded OEM HD 7990 as AMD is skipping to the HD 9000 series).

The FX-9590 is tamed by a Cooler Master Seidon 120XL and seated by a MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 motherboard that has been redesigned for the new AMD flagship (redesigns probably bolster VRM, power delivery and the BIOS). RAM is provided by 16GB of dual channel HyperX DDR3 1866MHz, the SSD is a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, the HDD is a 3TB drive, an unknown 1200W 80 Plus Gold PSU, a Blu-Ray drive and Windows 8 64 bit tops the rest of the system off.

For those who are unware of the FX-9590 it is AMD’s 4.8GHz base block, 5GHz turbo clock processor that is the fastest (aka highest GHz) out of the box processor currently available.

The entire a1500BA1 system will cost 449,800 Japenese Yen which translates into about $4500 USD.

Image courtesy of G-Tune

Gigabyte Reveal Revision 4.0 Of The 990FXA-UD3

With AMD still some way off a new motherboard platform release motherboard vendors are limited to just revamping old designs with new features, such as we saw Gigabyte do recently with the 990FXA-UD7. Their latest updates are being allocated to the mid-range 990FXA-UD3 AMD motherboard and these updates take it to revision 4.0. The major changes include a refreshed CPU VRM design with Gigabyte’s digital power engine and a 10 phase VRM. 

Furthermore the components used on this motherboard include newer and better chokes, capacitors, and MOSFETs as well as upgraded chipset and VRM heatsinks. Additionally Gigabyte have added their newest version of the UEFI setup program to the 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.0.

Other than those changes the 990FX-UD3 is still the same core motherboard designed to support AM3+ Vishera (Piledriver and Bulldozer) CPUs as well as older AM3 CPUs from the Phenom II X2/4/6 and Athlon II X2/3/4 series. There is support for 64GB of dual channel 2133MHz memory and two PCIe 2.0 X16 slots as well as two PCIe 2.0 X4 slots that are both X16 physical. Two PCIe 2.0 X1 slots and a legacy PCI top off the rest of the PCI(e) expansion. There are 6 SATA III 6Gbps ports from the SB950 Southbridge and two eSATA 6Gbps ports from a Marvell controller. There are four USB 3.0 ports (Etron EJ168 powered), 8 channel Realtek ALC889 audio and Realtek 8111F ethernet. Pricing will match that of the older SKU at $140.

Images courtesy of Gigabyte

Gigabyte Updates Flagship 990FXA-UD7 Motherboard To Rev 3.0

AMD motherboard haven’t really seen much change over the past couple of years and since the release of Bulldozer back in October 2011 we haven’t seen any new chipsets for the AM3(+) socket. Due to this fact motherboard vendors have mainly been opting for either BIOS updates to keep these motherboards supporting new technology or revision updates occasionally to bring the motherboards up-to-date. Gigabyte is the latest vendor to do this by upgrading its 990FXA-UD7 motherboard to revision 3.0. This was probably a move done to ensure that Gigabyte have the latest and most up to date flagship AM3(+) motherboard on the market in time for the new FX-9000 series processors AMD released recently.

Gigabyte skipped revision 2.0 and went straight to 3.0 and quite a lot has changed as a result. We find an update to Ultra Durable 4 and a 10 phase CPU VRM, slightly reinforced over the older version to allow for FX-9000 overclocking. The CPU VRM features driver MOSFETs and a rather large heatsink to cool everything. This heatsink is connected to the chipset via a heat pipe too. The memory support is up to 64GB of 2000MHz+ memory and expansion slots include four PCI Express 2.0 X16 slots with the following electrical configs x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8.

Additionally there are two more full sized PCI Express 2.0 slots, wired to 4X, connected to the Southbridge and there is a legacy PCI. Storage is provided by six SATA III 6Gbps ports from the Southbridge and two more SATA III 6Gbps ports from a Marvell 88SE9172. USB 3.0 is provided by two Etron EJ168 controllers for two USB 3.0 via the rear plane and two via a header.

The rest of the connectivity and features are nothing out of the ordinary:

  • 8 Channel HD audio
  • Optical and Coaxial SPDIF
  • ALC 889 Codec
  • Gigabit Ethernet – Realtek 8111F
  • FireWire
  • PS/2 combo port
  • Multiple USB 2.0
  • AMI UEFI BIOS – Gigabyte Dual UEFI Tech

The expected price is $200~ and we should see availability soon.

Image(s) courtesy of Gigabyte

 

Asus announce Sabertooth 990FX Gen 3 R2.0 – First AMD PCI-Express 3.0 capable board

Today we see Asus unveiling the world’s first AMD-based motherboard with PCI-Express 3.0 functionality. Usually this feature would be reserved for Intel-based boards, but Asus have paved the way for boards with AMD chipsets to offer the same.

The Sabertooth 990Fx/Gen3 R2.0 board features the ability to use up to three next generation high performance DirectX 11 graphics cards through use of Nvidia’s SLI or AMD’s CrossFireX technology. This could be the start of AMD getting back in the game, by offering features that Intel counterparts have already done for quite some time.

The board still features the much loved TUF features that the Sabertooth brands lives up to with dual-heatpipe heatsinks and CeraM!X coating for improved heat dissipation but now includes this new technology to take on the opposition with.

Availability will see the boards appearing in retail stores from today and no word on exact pricing yet