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Now that we’ve had a good look at what features Gigabyte has added let’s see how well they translate into actual performance. To be honest this board was really impressive. It was really only slightly behind their UD7 motherboard and that board retails for about 50 dollars more. It’s true that you don’t get some of the more enthusiast level features, but we all know that those don’t get used all that often anyway. There is only a small segment of the market that will ever use four graphics cards. In fact, there really aren’t that many out there these days that will even use three. This board will therefore be more than adequate for the vast majority of users.
We put this board through the same battery of tests that we do for any motherboard. The most remarkable thing was just how well it managed to perform against the competition. This is a board that comes in at about 200 dollars and managed to perform nearly as well as those costing 30 to 50 dollars more. That’s quite a value to those looking to upgrade to a new 990FX motherboard. This is a market that is just beginning to take off and the new Bulldozers aren’t even out yet. It will be very interesting to see how well these boards really perform with a shiny new Bulldozer dropped into their sockets. So far it seems that Gigabyte has given AMD fans some really good options.