Gigabyte AM3+ GA-990FX-Gaming Motherboard

Expert Review

Introduced in late 2015, this outstanding offering from Gigabyte is a new player on the scene that brings AM3+ motherboards more up-to date with the competition from Intel. First, it offers support for USB 3.1 type C connectors. It also features an M.2 connecter that supports PCIe NVMe and SATA SSD's with up to twenty gigabyte per second (GB/s) transfer rates. These two class-leading features have been virtually absent from offerings based on AMD's 990FX chipset until recently.

This motherboards outstanding feature-set continues with four DIMM slots supporting up to thirty-two gigabytes of DDR3 memory. It also offers 7.1 channel sound provided by a top notch Texas Instruments operational amplifier yielding a signal to noise ratio of one hundred fifteen decibels (dB). It also features a Rivet Networks Killer E2201 LAN chip for the best Gigabit network support. Finally, it features two PCI express x16 slots and an additional PCIe x4 slot for full support of multi-PGU setups. Add to all that a great price and you have the recipe for a best of the best motherboard.Rating: 5/5

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