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GIGABYTE MA790GP-UD4H AMD790GX ATX AM2+/AM3 Sideport 2PCI-E Sound GBLAN HDMI CrossFireX Motherboard

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Part #: GA-MA790GP-UD4H

SKU: 36414
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs

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Andrew_E
09/03/09
Experience: 2 Weeks

Pros

Backup CMOS in case of corruption
Cons
Layout could be improved slightly
Summary
This is a great board. I flashed to the most recent bios without a problem and it picked up my Phenom X4 955 right away. The backup CMOS is a nice feature for overclockers.

Jarrod_M
08/27/09
Experience: 6 Days

Pros

Seems to be good build quality.
Ran first boot no problem.
Cons
Layout - floppy connector should be beside ide connector, should be a fan header at the rear, and why 2 sata ports sticking out and the other 4 pointing to the front?
F5 BIOS!!!!!!! OMG
doesnt auto set voltages properly and overvolts them!!
cant undervolt SB, RAM, and sideport memory, and voltage incremements are 0.025 and 0.05V where as 0.01V increments would be way better.
Fan noise with voltage control cpu header from bios (seems to vary the speed often??)
Any pcie device even if it is only 1x nic card like I have is plugged into the orange 8x slot it will force the blue 16x slot to run at 8x also.
Summary
I gave this board 2.5/5, -1 layout and -1.5 for bios.
About the bios, after updating to ver. F5, under Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker (MIB) sub **system voltage optimized** there is manual and auto. YOU SHOULD SET IT TO MANUAL!!
I set it to auto and assumed it would use default voltages, HOWEVER it pumped 1.425V to the cpu instead of 1.35V (955be and same for a friend 940be same mobo) also on mine it pumped 2.05V to the ram, which is ocz LV platinum rated for 1.8V with 1.85V rating for OVP from OCZ.
I caught this after xp was installed, and figured out, had to change it from Auto to manual, even at manual though my ram is still overvolted to 1.87V still over OCZs 1.85 OVP, but better than 2.05V,:| and I also undervolted the cpu to 1.2V prime95 stableHopefully people notice this and check it before they melt their cpu and or ram!!
This board has great potential to be a great board if GIGABYTE can get the next BIOS rev WORKING THE WAY IT SHOULD.
Other notes for anyone getting this mobo. Pg 27 in the manual.
Sata2_0 = CH.2 Master
Sata2_2 = CH.2 Slave
Sata2_1 = Ch.3 Master
Sata2_3 = Ch.3 Slave
Sata2_4 = Ch.1 Master
Sata2_5 = Ch.1 Slave
hope this review helps.
If they fix the BIOS this board would/will be a solid 4.



This review was modfied by poster f 08-27-09 09:17 PM

This review was modfied by poster a 08-31-09 01:46 PM

This review was modfied by poster @ 08-31-09 01:51 PM

The_Lensman
07/20/09
Experience: 1 Weeks

Pros

Quality components, great layout and good looks.
Dual BIOS, excellent sound and video. Easy setup.
Cons
None that I have found.
Summary
I have used DFI, MSI and Asus boards in the past and in each case have had problems. On the other hand, this board is my sixth trouble free Gigabyte motherboard.

My latest build was with the MA790GP-UD4H board, with a Phenom II X3 720 processor and 4G of Mushkin XP DDR2-1066 RAM. For cooling, I used a Sythe Ninja II. The MB correctly set the RAM speed and voltage by SPD and the processor was correctly identified, all using the original factory BIOS settings. As with every Gigabyte board I have owned, it posted and booted up first time.

I am not a gamer, so the onboard graphics are just great for videos, streaming content and general browsing with my 22" wide screen. In fact, the video seem better than my ATI R800 vid card that it replaces.

For all you Linux users out there, I have used 5 different distros on this board with no problems at all. Under my favourite OS, Fedora 11, all hardware was detected and configured properly and the board runs great.

For those who want a high quality motherboard, with premium components at a reasonable price, you need look no farther than Gigabyte. Highly recommended.


dueces
07/06/09
Experience: 2 Days

Pros

first off this thing rocks for AM3 Phenom II X3 processors as long as you dont by a (HEKA) processor it will unlock the 4th core which should run stable mine did.
Cons
None to be found, dont know what the other guy was complaining about has 6 audio ports in rear and 2 on front panel. and are all configurable to whatever you want the port to be.
Summary
all in all for the price if anyone is buying a new computer this is the board to get. it's cheap and comes with a video card onboard if you dont want to purchase one right away.

Strikfreedom
05/23/09
Experience: 2 Weeks

Pros

matched the colour theme for my computer
Cons
the cpu placement wasnt matching my tower
Summary
This is an affordable mobo for my new desktop running a phenom x4 940. i got this to fun a dragon platform. Other than that i would of gotten something else. lol..the only thing i dont like about this is because this mobo dont have enough mic and speaker ports for my liking..i need 3 and it only had 2.. lol.. and the cpu placement didnt match my tower fan ports :(

Mark_R Has A Phenom II
05/13/09
Experience: 1 Weeks

Pros

- Supports AM3 CPUS.
- Price.
- Overall Support.
- Excellent Layout.
Cons
- None.
Summary
This is my first Non-ASUS motherboard. For years, I have been a loyal ASUS customer, purchasing only ASUS boards for my builds and other builds for family and friends. I noticed after a while that ASUS was starting to slow down with their new releases of BIOS supporting new CPUS and the like. Their website is ok, when it works, but is otherwise atrocious. Some of their boards would not support an older AM2 CPU I had that ran at 125 watts. Some of their boards had fair reviews and poor layouts, let alone the price of some of them. My decision to look elsewhere was further cemented by the fact that a buddy of mine had bought his Gigabyte board for $99.00 two years ago, that supported the newest processors, even though my $200.00 ASUS board did not, and nor was it ever going to.

This Gigabyte board is affordable, has an excellent layout, and comes with all the necessary cables one needs in order to get their system up and running. The SATA cables lock at both ends, something none my ASUS boards came with. The board powered up easily, and the BIOS was easy to navigate and setup. This board supports all the newest AMD processors, and I have no doubt that Gigabyte will continue to release updates to support whatever AMD has coming out in the near future. For now, this is my board of choice, and I will use this board in not only my builds, but my builds for others as well.

I highly recommend it!



Rain ~
05/02/09
Experience: 1 Years

Pros

Affordable
Built-in Graphics
Dual Bios
Cons
None
Summary
I guess I'll be the first to review. I was undecided between ASUS and GIGABYE, 790GX and FX series. I got this paired with Phenom II 940. No problems so far.

This review was modfied by poster @ 10-27-10 02:42 PM

Product Videos [ Edit ]


Features [ Edit | History ]

Features:

The GA-MA790GP-UD4H introduces revolutionary GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 technology on AMD platform with featuring 2 oz copper PCB and further helps to reduce the system temperature and dramatically enhance the performance. Based on AMD 790GX chipset, the GA-MA790GP-UD4H supports AMD Phenom quad-core processors, integrated DDR2 memory controller, HyperTransport 3.0 technology links and dual PCI Express 2.0 graphics interfaces (running at x8 and x8) for ATI CrossFireX/ ATI Hybrid CrossFireX support. With the innovative GIGABYTE Easy Energy Saver technology, the MA790GP-UD4H is able to provide user friendly computing, reach the maximum system performance easily while still able to save the power and environment in real life at the same time.

Quick Specs:
Maximum Memory 16 GB
S/PDIF Yes
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor ATX
Processor Supported Phenom II X4 Phenom II X3 Phenom FX Opteron Phenom X2 Phenom X3 Phenom X4 Athlon Athlon 64 Athlon 64 FX Athlon 64 X2 Sempron X2 Sempron
RAID Levels 0 1 5 1+0 JBOD
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Floppy Controller Serial ATA/300 Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Processor Socket Socket AM3 PGA-941
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Width 12"
Depth 9.6"
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Number of Memory Slots 4
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 6
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 3
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 7
Number of PCI Express x8 Slots 1
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 1
DVI Yes
VGA Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 4
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 5
Memory Speed Supported 1.20 GHz 1.07 GHz 800 MHz
ProductId1012962162

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

Audio  
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC889A
General Information  
     Brand Name: Gigabyte
     Manufacturer: GIGABYTE Technology, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: GA-MA790GP-UD4H
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.gigabyte.us
     Product Model: MA790GP-UD4H
     Product Name: MA790GP-UD4H Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Floppy Controller
Serial ATA/300
Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
     RAID Levels: 0
1
5
1+0
JBOD
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 3
     Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Express x8 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Slots: 2
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 7
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 5
Interfaces/Ports  
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     DVI: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of DVI Outputs: 1
     Number of FireWire/i.LINK 400 Ports: 1
     Number of PS/2 Ports: 2
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 1
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
     PS/2 Port: Yes
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 4
     VGA: Yes
Memory  
     Maximum Memory: 16 GB
     Memory Speed Supported: 1.20 GHz
1.07 GHz
800 MHz
     Memory Standard: DDR2-1200/PC2-9600
DDR2-1066/PC2-8500
DDR2-800/PC2-6400
     Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 4
Miscellaneous  
     Additional Information:

System BIOS:

  • 2 x 8Mb flash
  • Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS
  • PnP 1.0a
  • DMI 2.0
  • SM BIOS 2.4
  • ACPI 1.0b

     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of IDE Interfaces: 1
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 6
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 2
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 4
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 9.6"
     Form Factor: ATX
     Width: 12"
Processor & Chipset  
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     HyperTransport Speed: 2600 MHz
1000 MHz
     Processor Socket: Socket AM3 PGA-941
     Processor Supported: Phenom II X4
Phenom II X3
Phenom FX
Opteron
Phenom X2
Phenom X3
Phenom X4
Athlon
Athlon 64
Athlon 64 FX
Athlon 64 X2
Sempron X2
Sempron
     Processor Technology: HyperTransport Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

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URL: http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=6&id=2930
Comment: HardwareZone's review: The Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H is a well-made AM2+ board that can compete with the best AM3 equivalents. Besides the Ultra Durable 3 feature and some minor changes, it's essentially similar to another of Gigabyte's 790GX motherboard, the DS4H version. Compare its price
Posted by: BernardP @07/30/09
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