When it comes to making a high-end system, whether for overclocking, gaming or future expandability, you always look to the motherboard first. The motherboard is the difference between being able to overclock well (lots of BIOS options), being able to throw in another graphic card (PCI-E lanes, PCI-E slots), and not doing either of those due to a stripped down BIOS or a lack of extra PCI-E slots.
These factors, along with component quality and extra features are what make a motherboard. Some will be priced higher than others, on grounds of their having more features. Generally, the more expensive the motherboard, the more feature-heavy it is, but it must be said that the increase in price rarely scales linearly with an increase in features, as we saw with the GA-X58-UD9, which is a phenomenal board, but is ridiculously overpriced.
Thankfully for AMD users, Gigabyte has made what we’d call an “Ultra High-End” board for AM3, if you’d want to call it that. Made for overclocking and for QuadFire, it’s not for the timid of heart, or budget. But at least it won’t require a 2nd mortgage like the UD9 would.
Let’s take a closer look at the Gigabyte 890FX-UD7.
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