GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 Motherboard Review
AMD has had an excellent handle on the budget and mid-range PC markets of late, and the success of their integrated graphics platforms has played a key role in this. When we first took a look at AMD’s new 890GX platform back in March, we were impressed by it’s rich feature set and very attractive price tag. Although the integrated graphics in the 890GX is nothing more than a simple evolution of the 790GX, the new SB850 southbridge brought some key next-generation functionality to the table.
Today, we’re going to be taking a look at one of the industry’s first 890GX boards to hit the shelves – the GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H. Pricing in as low as $120 CDN, the UD3H is targeted directly at the low to midrange market share and has a healthy set of features, including USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. But just because this is an integrated graphics platform doesn’t mean the UD3H is in the cold as far as AMD’s higher end crowd. With a large passive cooling solution, support for CrossFire-X in a dual 8X PCI-E 2.0 configuration and enough juice for 140W CPUS – new X6 processors included – the 890GPA-UD3H and 890GX in general cater to a wide variety of buyers. A board of this caliber could be found in a basic machine with a low cost Athlon II dual core running integrated graphics, or in a budget conscious performance rig running an X6 1090T and a pair of Radeon HD 5850s. Let’s face it – not everyone needs or wants to spend $300 on a motherboard, nor do they need half of the features that high end boards offer.
Lately, Gigabyte has done a good job in shying away from the complicated naming schemes many other manufacturers use for their boards. Basically, the 890G denotes the chipset, the “A” shows us that there is USB 3.0 installed and the UD3 is the Ultra Durable namesake followed by the product category.
Without further ado, let’s take an in-depth look at the GIGABYTE 890GPA-UD3H.
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