Gigabyte adds 6Gbps SATA, USB 3.0 to AMD mobos

Itching to get a motherboard with next-generation I/O? You don’t have to spring for an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor anymore. Both Asus and Gigabyte announced Intel P55 motherboards with 6Gbps Serial ATA and USB 3.0 last month, but now, Gigabyte has followed up with three AMD Socket AM3 boards that can claim the same perks.

These new boards are the GA-790FXTA-UD5, GA-790XTA-UD4, and GA-770TA-UD3, and Gigabyte based them on AMD’s 790FX, 790X, and 770 chipsets, respectively. Along with the new I/O, Gigabyte says it also increased the amount of power available through USB ports, just like on the P55 boards. (The firm advertises this new wave of mobos with the "333" label, which stands for third-gen SATA, USB 3.0, and tripled USB power.)

All three AMD boards also feature an "8+2 CPU VRM power phase design," which allows compatibility with 140W Phenom II processors. The Phenom II X4 965, in other words, which is now available with a 125W power envelope—see our review for the details. All three mobos also have AM3 sockets and DDR3 memory slots, so you’ll have to check your old DDR2 RAM at the door.

Gigabyte hasn’t provided us with detailed specs and prices for the 790X and 770 models, but you’ll find out more about the GA-790FXTA-UD5 in the slides below. This enthusiast-targeted motherboard has three PCI Express x16 slots (capable of running in a x16, x8, x8 lane config), a fancy cooling setup, eight internal SATA ports, two eSATA/USB "combo connectors," and some power and reset switches on the PCB. This puppy probably won’t be cheap, but considering current prices, its 770-based little brother shouldn’t break the bank.

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    • swaaye
    • 10 years ago

    Oh joy we’re back in a transitional period like ~2002 when boards were getting terrible Highpoint UDMA and VIA USB2.0 chips. I shall avoid and wait for new chipsets.

    • brucect
    • 10 years ago

    Go Marvell

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    Hoping that it wont add a price premium considering they didnt sell their p55a mobos with higher price than the p55 counterparts… thankfully, some company didnt forget amd still in the game :P…

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      I don’t think anyone “forgot” AMD. There are plenty of options for nice and affordable boards as it is.

      But that last part is the “problem.” As far as the AMD board manufacturers are concerned, they’re stuck offering too much bang for your buck. They want “high end” boards that make the cheaper boards look inferior, so they can charge a price premium.

      However, they’re fighting an uphill battle with the chipset options they’re given. Cheaper AMD boards throw in really good integrated graphics not just for free, but at a discount. So here we have Gigabyte combating that by making “enthusiast” boards the exclusive options for a unique feature, when it in fact has no reason to be unique to that range.

      I just really do not understand the AMD boards that lack integrated GPUs. They cost more, use more power, and generally just do less. Oooook…

      Unfortunately, someone must be buying them, if AMD continues to bother selling them. Yay willy nilly product segmentation!

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    Lol nice…no 785G or 790GX. *face palm*

    • SkyWarrior
    • 10 years ago

    If AHCI is not going to work AMD southbridge won’t be any better than Marvell controller.

    • dpaus
    • 10 years ago

    OK, AMD, now that there are 140W AM3 mobos available, let’s get that 3.6 GHz Phenom II 975 out! Hell, go nuts: release the 4.0 GHz 995!!

    • kiwik
    • 10 years ago

    Wake me up when these things are worthwhile.

    • stdRaichu
    • 10 years ago

    Ugh, Marvell SATA controllers again. Hurry up with that 6Gbps southbridge AMD!

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