TEST: Gigabyte MA790FX-DQ6 (UK)

editor picture
Hardware udlånt af: Gigabyte.
Skrevet af Jan den 12. Apr 2008. Testen er vist 16701 gange.
Flere tests i kategorien Bundkort


Del med dine venner

     


Introduction:
AMD’s latest chipset has recently been released, which means that the motherboard manufactures is about ready with their new products. Gigabyte is also ready with their high-end motherboard for enthusiast, based on the new 790FX platform also known as Spider. One of the main new features about this chipset is the 42 PCI-E V2.0 lanes, providing plenty of bandwidth for Crossfire-X and Quad Core AMD Phenom.



Another great thing about this platform is its backwards compatibility with CPU’s from previous generations. The Spider platform supports CPU’s based on the previous AM2 standard, as well as the new AM2+ standard. It is “pin for pin” compatible, making the board suitable for users who are interested in using Crossfire X, but still wants to hold on to their old ram and CPU.

Even though the market isn’t booming with Spider platform manufacturers, my expectations for Gigabyte are high. Gigabyte is known to be in front with solutions for enthusiast. If that’s the case this time, you’ll need to carry on reading to find out.

Specifications:
The board from Gigabyte supports the Sempron, Athlon and Phenom CPU families. Besides that, DDR2 is used on the board, which is very cheap at the moment. Actually it’s possible to get 2 GB ram for very low prices if you look the right places on the internet. Connecting this with an Athlon 4000+ X2 CPU from an old pc, you’ve got yourself a relatively cheap and fast setup.

CPU
    • Support for Socket AM2+/ AM2 processors: AMD Phenom™FX processor/ AMD Phenom™ processor/ AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor/AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor/AMD Athlon™ 64 processor/AMD Sempron™ processor
Hyper Transport Bus
    • 5200/2000 MT/s
Chipset
    • North Bridge: AMD 790FX
    • South Bridge: AMD SB600
Memory
    • 4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
    • Dual channel memory architecture
    • Support for DDR2 1066(Note 2)/800/667 MHz memory modules
    • Support ECC Memory(Note 3)
Audio
    • Realtek ALC889A codec
    • High Definition Audio
    • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    • Support for DTS (dts NEO:PC)
    • Support for S/PDIF In/Out
    • Support for CD In
LAN
    • Realtek 8111B chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
    • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots (PCIE_16_A, PCIE_16_B) supporting ATI CrossFireX™ technology (Note 4) (The PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
    • 2 x PCI Express x8 slots (PCIE_8_A, PCIE_8_B) supporting ATI CrossFireX™ technology
    • 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    • 2 x PCI slots


All specifications can be seen here.

As we expect from the major manufacturers, nothing is missing in the specifications. Gigabyte has even managed to add their well-known DualBios feature, which enables the user to bring the board back to live in case of a faulty bios flash.

As an extraordinary feature, “Teaming” the two built-in ethernetcards is possible. The possibility of combining these cards gives you either an error tolerance, or twice the speed. The speed though, is probably only theoretically doubled, since limiting hardware like discs, other pc’s etc might come into play.

A total of 10 USB ports are possible on the Gigabyte board, where 6 of them are located on the back of the board. The last 4 can be connected through the bundled “bracket” which is mountable in a PCI slot. This amount of ports should be plenty, and USB ports are soon found in all products anyways.

The Northbridge, which is the heart of this motherboard, contains a number of new technologies, which on paper seems very attractive. The Northbridge is based on 65 micron, and with its small size, its joining the hype about energy efficiency and low power. AMD also mentions this on their website. The 790FX chipset has 42 PCI Express lanes, which is twice the amount the last generation had. But all these lanes are justified when we talk about Quad CrossFire. All 4 PCI-E ports will be used and therefore the 32 lanes will be used for graphics cards alone.



Another hyped technology is the PCI-E 2.0, which has caused a bit of confusion among graphics card buyers. These new graphics cards (3870 and 8800GT etc.) is PCI-E 2.0 compatible. The question is “What does it mean to me?”, and the question is not much since the technology is backwards compatible with the earlier generation. PCI-E 2.0 is introduced at the same time as Hypertransport 3.0, and then it starts to make sense. PCI-E 2.0 increases the speed over the buss from 500mb/sec to 1 gb/sec, which is a nice double up.

Besides that, the PCI-E 2.0 standard can close lanes or change the speed of individual lanes, which is more energy efficient. Since the graphics card and Southbridge is connected to the Northbridge, and all data must go through this, the need of Hypertransport 3.0 was required. This has also doubled from 1 gb/sec to 2 gb/sec.

Speed between north and Southbridge is done with only 4 PCI-E lanes, which allows a maximum transfer of 2 gb/sec. This might not sound like much, but all the important primary subsystems uses the Northbridge, and only leaves drives and USB functions at the Southbridge. So the 2 gb/sec should be enough.


Next >>



0 Kommentarer
Skriv kommentar til testen Kommentarer til testen fra Facebook

 

HTC U11: Giv din smartphone et klem

Vi løfter i dag sløret for vores nyeste mobiltest, nemlig testen af HTC’s nyeste topmodel, HTC U11. De

Læs Mere

ASUS VG245H 24" Gamerskærm

I dag skal vi kigge på endnu en 24” skærm fra ASUS med det som sædvanlige lettere kryptiske navn V

Læs Mere

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 - Vega power i gaming og GTX 10xx killer?

Ventetiden har været lang, og AMD og bunker af medier inkl. Tweak.dk, har længe omtalt dnt nye Vega familie af

Læs Mere

Jays u-Jays Wireless hovedtelefoner

Vi skal i denne test hilse på en ny producent her på Tweak.dk. Navnet er Jays, som kommer fra det svenske og l

Læs Mere

Projekt Noah - Del 2 - Vi bygger et AMD Ryzen system - inkl. overraskelse!!

I første del af vores Projekt Noah serie gennemgik vi de udvalgte hardware produkter, grunden til valget

Læs Mere

Corsair 750W TX750M PSU

Strømforsyninger fås i alle størrelser og prisklasser. I denne test skal vi kigge nærmere p&arin

Læs Mere

be quiet! SFX L Power 600 Watt

Man behøver ikke en stor ATX strømforsyning for at få nok strøm til sin gamer spand, mindre kan

Læs Mere

ASUS ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-Gaming

NVIDIA's GTX1080 Ti serie, er ikke længere nyt under solen, men nu er det AIB aktørenes tur t

Læs Mere

 

Nyeste Videoer og Trailers

Seneste nyheder

Cloud9 skifter ud på CS:GO-holdet

Cloud9 har bevidst forsøgt at få fornyet deres CS:GO-hold. Den mission er nu lykkes med to nye spillere.
Læs Mere

Emiliano "c4t" Ito forlader SG e-sports

SG e-sports har leveret en opsigtsvækkende nyhed. Den brasilianske esports-organisation har nemlig valgt at si
Læs Mere

SteelSeries ude med nyt tastatur

Det er altid fedt med nyt gaming-udstyr på markedet. Især når det kommer fra et velkendt mærke som SteelSeries
Læs Mere

[TWEAK.DK KONKURRENCE] Vind et Razer Man'O War 7.1 Gamer Headset

Tweak.dk er klar med endnu en fed konkurrence. Denne gang udlodder vi et Razer Man'O War 7.1 gamer headset til
Læs Mere

MSI X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC er verdens hurtigste micro-ATX X299 bundkort.

MSI har løftet sløret for deres X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC, som skulle være verdens hurtigste micro-ATX X299 b
Læs Mere

EA vil bruge FIFA 18 som platform til flere Nintendo Switch-spil

Sagen er klar. Hvis FIFA 18 triumferer til Nintendo Switch, så kan vi godt forvente endnu flere EA-spil til de
Læs Mere

Microsoft udskyder udgivelsen af den nye Xbox Wireless Adapter

Flere havde set frem til udgivelsen af den nye adapter. Udgivelsen skulle have fundet sted i sidste uge, men n
Læs Mere

LG planlægger dobbelt-annoncering

Den 31. august står til at blive en stor dag for LG. Den sydkoreanske virksomhedsgigant er ved at gøre klar ti
Læs Mere
Partner sider
Indsend nyhed
Har du fundet en fed nyhed så indsend den så alle andre på Tweak.dk kan få glæde af den.