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Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 06 November 2007 22:48
Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6
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CDRInfo show us the ins and outs of this board:

After AMD and ATI merged, users waited for a product supposed to rock the gaming world. As time was passing, more and more details came to the surface concerning an upcoming chipset with the codename "RD790". This chipset has several interesting features like PCI Express v2.0 and up to four PCI-e slots that could enable a possible Quad Crossfire setup to further enhance video graphics performance. Gigabyte, one of the lead manufacturers released to the market the GA-MA790FX-DQ6 with several interesting features. This new board is supported to support the upcoming AM2+ socket compatible processors (Phenom), which unfortunately haven't been released yet to the market. In this review we will examine how well Gigabyte's RD790 proposal performs against a very popular AM2 board, the Asus M2N32WS Pro, that is based on Nvidia's 590SLI.

Read the full review at CDRInfo:

Sometime ago, DailyTech posted some information about the upcoming RD790. The article mentioned that there will be two reference boards Mako and Wahoo. Mako is the single processor reference board with support for socket AM2 and AM2+ processors which we will review today. It consists mainly of two ATI chipsets, the RD790 and the SB600.

The PCI Express lane configuration for Mako is as follows: two full-speed PCIe x16 slots, one physical PCIe x16 slot with four lane signaling for physics, one physical PCIe x4 slots with two lanes shared between Gigabit Ethernet and SATA and one PCI slot. These lanes can be further divided to deliver four PCIe x8 slots as well. PCI Express 2.0 will be supported as well.

Gigabyte delivers the first board that supports AMD AM2+ Phenom™/ AM2 Athlon™64 series processors. The GA-MA790FX-DQ6 supports Dual Channel DDR2 1066 and comes with Quad PCIe 2.0 graphics interface with ATI CrossFire technology support (two x16 or four x8). The chipset supports 41 lanes of PCIe 2.0 and can run CrossFire and the future Quad CrossFire.

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