“With the recent introduction of USB3 and SATA 6 Gb/s the 790X chipset was really showing its age. Today we have Gigabyte’s update to the 790X platform. This new board supports USB3. This drastically improves the transfer speeds of USB devices that use the technology. This also future proofs the board a little bit. Since AMD has just released their 890GX chipset, this seems a bit late.
Physically speaking this board is not that different from a 890GX. It supports DDR3 and USB3. Since this board is based on the SB750, the SATA 6 Gb/s interface is not standard. Thus this board lacked SATA 6 Gb/s support, but thats not that bad considering that unless you are going to use a SATA 6 Gb/s SSD the SATA 6 Gb/s interface is not that beneficial. This certainly makes the board an attractive buy for someone planning on using SATA 2 drives looking for USB3 support. Lets take a closer look at what else is on this board.”
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- ASUS Maximus III Extreme @ PureOverclock
- ASUS Rampage III Extreme @ OC3D
- ASRock P55DE3 @ Tweaktown
- ASUS ITX-220 @ iXBT Labs
The Gigabyte 790XT-USB3 sees a nice update to a 790X based board with the addition of USB 3.0. In a way it seems an obvious choice as USB 3.0 devices are becoming popular and are not that expensive, while SSDs are and they are the only devices that can actually make use of SATA 6GB/s. Those who can afford the more expensive 890GX are more likely to invest in an SSD that those looking for a less expensive 790X board. Bjorn3D was a bit puzzled over the overclocking; it seemed more like a 770 board than a 790X. If you are looking for inexpensive USB 3.0 support and don’t have the spare PCIe slots to fit in an add on card, then check out this review.