TweakTown and their motherboard review guru Shane Baxtor have taken AMD’s new eight-core Bulldozer CPU for a ride on our 990FXA-UD5 motherboard. Priced at a snip under $200 bucks ($179.99 after a mail in rebate in the US) and packed with a ton a features including a rock solid VRM that makes solid Overclocking a cinch, our UD5 has certainly gained a few new friends at TweakTown. In fact Shane was impressed enough to give it the prestigious ‘Must Have Editors Choice’ award, not least because of it offers great value for money.
Here’s a taste of what Shane had to say about Overclocking on the 990FXA-UD5:
“…the overclocking on the board was great; we figured that since we wanted to be really cautious with the overclocking voltages, we'd really be held back. Considering we hit around 4.76GHz at 1.515v, I figured that we'd probably be looking at around the 4.5GHz mark here. Instead we ended up at 4.73GHz which helps yield a nice performance boost and continues to run pretty cool.”
In terms of building a new high-performance AMD rig that won’t blow your bank account to pieces, Shane sees the GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD5 as the ideal motherboard candidate:
“[The 990FXa-UD5] combined with a $189.99 FX-6100 and $239.99 HD 6950, you've got a couple of really good looking pieces for just over $600. Not only do you have some good performance, you've also got a setup that's going to look really nice as well thanks to the color scheme on the board.”
Check out the full review on TweakTown here.
More details about the 990FXA-UD5 board can be found here.