The release of USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 features to the motherboard marketplace has left motherboard manufacturers with a bit of a dilemma as there are a ton of motherboards on the market already without support for those new technologies. You could add some of the features with an add-on card as some have done or release new versions of older motherboards with the new features added.
AMD launched the 790FX series chipset a couple of years ago to coincide with the launch of the AMD Phenom CPUs. The initial motherboards using that chipset used the AM2+ Socket meaning that they could not takeDDR3 memory that the new CPUs support but could take AM3 CPUs as the missing pins on a AM2+ CPU would not affect the insertion of a Socket AM3 CPU as it would on a Socket AM3 board which could not take the AM2+ CPU. GIGABYTE has released a couple of 790FX boards with Socket AM3 interfaces and today’s review is on the GA-790FXTA-UD5 board which is one of them supporting AM3+DDR3+USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 using the 790FX chipset.