Product on Review: GA-990X-Gaming SLI
Manufacturer & Sponsor: GIGABYTE
Street Price: £85 GBP / $110 USD
Although missing out on the RGB goodness that has been unveiled by GIGABYTE recently, the latest line of G1 Gaming motherboards for the AM3+ platform introduces various new standards to the ageing chipset including an M2 slot with a 20Gb/s transfer rate, as well as 2x USB 3.1 ports.
GIGABYTE have including good quality on-board audio with thanks to the ALC 1150, and have bolstered the chipset given 14x USB 2.0 with an additional 4x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 3.1. Of these, two are GIGABYTEs DAC UP USB ports that are specifically made to supply clean low-noise power to an external DAC (Digital-Analogue-Converter). Then we get to the meat of it, as standard the 990X chipset is not compatible with SLI, though as with the ASUS 970 PRO AURA and GIGABYTES 970 Gaming variant, the 990X will also be able to pair up your NVidia graphics cards in SLI.
There are various other features, such as the metal reinforced PCIe slots (as seen on other GIGABYTE motherboards) as well as onboard strip of red LED lighting that has limited set customisable effects (off, static, breathing, music pulse), there is everything a gamer could want for their AM3+ based system.
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