When you think of the word “change”, one cannot help but imagine something big, revolutionary and obvious. Unfortunately, most changes are miniscule and occur over long periods of time, slowly eroding the status quo while establishing new ones, therefore they are hard to detect. These changes can be predicted with some degree of accuracy however by studying trends and extrapolating data from a long enough timeline but the result still isn’t entirely certain as there are too many variables to consider. In the end, the only predictable factor is the unpredictability and we just have to embrace the chaos of it all.
If you told me six years ago that tablet and hand-held computers would be as widely accepted as they are today, I would never have believed you. Yet, here we all are with Smartphones and iPads, spending our time staring at a tiny screen getting angry at even angrier virtual birds. Although some project the death of the desktop is inevitable, with the ever accelerating pace of mobile computing improvements, it is not going to happen for a long while, not as long as there are more enthusiasts like me who take pleasure in sitting at home alone in front of the computer staring at a screen all day, compared to casual users who sit in a café in front of friends staring at a screen all day while ordering overpriced conflict-free coffee. I assume Gigabyte feels the same way, as they are still hard at work developing top of the line mainboards to run the most powerful desktop processors currently available. Their latest for the AM3+ desktop even supports the 2nd generation AMD FX processors, featuring new “Piledriver” cores.
The GA-990FXA-UD7 is Gigabyte’s highest end motherboard utilizing the 990FX chipset and is compatible with the latest AM3+ FX processors. The 1.1 revision of the GA-990FXA-UD7 adds Load Line Calibration support to address the Vdroop issues that users found when overclocking. Aside from number crunching performance, the 990FXA-UD7 boasts eight SATA3 6G ports and is the only 990FX motherboard currently available that fully supports 4-way SLI/CFX natively. Onboard power, reset and CMOS reset buttons, as well as a port 80 debug LED, makes tweaking the 990FXA-UD7 convenient when it is on a test bed, while the 8+2 VRM design ensures that stable power is fed to the CPU as needed on higher clock settings.