June is the month to get your business organised. Enter today.
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD motherboard
A reliable and well-featured Gigabyte motherboard for an AMD Phenom II CPU
- AM3 socket, DDR3, Hybrid graphics, USB 3.0, supports six-core Phenom II CPUs
- SATA ports are angled (which can be awkward to work with in some cases)
If you want to build a powerful system without spending too much money, AMD is the way to go and Gigabyte's GA-890GPA-UD3H is one of the best bang-for-buck motherboards on the market. It has support for the latest AMD Phenom II X6 CPUs, it's equipped with a USB 3.0 controller, and its integrated graphics are good enough for Full HD video processing. We recommend it.
Price$ 200.00 (AUD)
The Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H sure is a hard model name to remember when your friends ask you which motherboard you just bought. Instead, just tell them you've bought one of the best value for money AMD-based motherboards on the market.
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H: Perfect for AMD Phenom II X6
The GA-890GPA-UD3H has an AM3 CPU socket, four DDR3 memory slots and it runs AMD's 890GX chipset. This northbridge chipset is one step below the flagship AMD 890FX chipset, and it will run the latest AMD Phenom II quad-core and six-core CPUs. We tested it with an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU, and the processor was recognised immediately; we used rev 2.0 of the motherboard and didn't have to flash the BIOS in order to get the CPU to work. We ran it with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive and didn't experience any stability issues at all.
The 890GX chipset differs from the FX chipset in that it has a built-in graphics adapter and fewer PCI Express lanes. This adapter makes the GA-890GPA-UD3H a great choice for anyone who wants to a build a powerful computer on a budget, as money can be saved by not buying a separate graphics card.
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H: Built-in Radeon graphics
The built-in graphics adapter is an ATI Radeon HD 4290 that supports DirectX 10.1. It has its own 128MB of memory, plus the ability to use HyperMemory — that is, it also uses a portion of your system RAM as its storage buffer. It has a clock speed of 700MHz and it isn't designed to run the latest games, but it's powerful enough to display HD video and the Windows 7 Aero interface. In fact, unless you're into gaming, then you won't need to buy a graphics card — the motherboard graphics will do a commendable job, and will make your system more power efficient, cooler and quieter.
Because of these traits, you could use this board for a media centre PC. It has an HDMI port on its rear port cluster, so you can easily get it to run with a big-screen TV. It also has DVI and VGA ports. You can't use both the HDMI and the DVI ports simultaneously as they share the same resources. However, you could use the VGA port and either the HDMI or DVI port to connect up to two displays.
The internal graphics can be supplemented by an external graphics card and the board's Hybrid CrossFireX mode. Hybrid CrossFireX mode will run both the integrated and separate graphics cards simultaneously in CrossFire mode and this is a decent solution if you want to get a bit more graphics performance out of your system without wasting the onboard graphics capability. It will work with an ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics adapter. We first saw this technology over two years ago in the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard.
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H: Ports and slots
For upgrading, the board has one PCIe x16 slot and one PCIe x8 slot (which shares the bandwidth with the x16 slot). You also get three PCIe x1 slots and two PCI slots, so there is plenty of scope for upgrading and also for using older add-in cards you may have lying around.
External expansion is facilitated by up to 12 USB 2.0 ports (including eight via internal pin headers) and Gigabyte has added an NEC USB 3.0 chip to control two of the ports on the rear panel. There aren't many USB 3.0 devices on the market yet, but Western Digital's will run at least 40 megabytes per second faster on NEC's USB 3.0 controller than on a typical USB 2.0 controller, for example.
Hard drive support is abundant on the GA-890GPA-UD3H, with six integrated Serial ATA 3.0 (6Gbps) ports, as well as two Gigabyte-controlled SATA 2.0 (3Gbps) ports. RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 are supported on the integrated ports. These ports are mounted on the right edge of the board facing towards the side instead of up. If you use the board in a case where the hard drives are mounted with their interface facing the motherboard, then they will be a pain to work with and cable management could be difficult. If you use a case where the hard drives are mounted with their interface facing outward or inward, then you'll have a little more space to manoeuvre.
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H: Conclusion
The SATA port design is perhaps the only blemish on the GA-890GPA-UD3H. Overall, we've found it to be a very well built and reliable board that's perfect for running a brand new AMD Phenom II CPU. We like the inclusion of USB 3.0, and the integrated graphics chip is good enough at displaying HD video and high resolution images to negate the need for an external graphics card.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized
- 5 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
Latest News Articles
- QNAP Unveils the TS-1635AX 16-bay NAS
- Razer debut the first Opto-Mechanical keyboards in the form of the new Huntman and Huntsman Elite
- Samsung brings the Samsung Fl!p to Australia
- Intel CEO resigns after probe of relationship with employee
- Computex 2018: G.Skill draw eyes with new 'Crystal-RGB' RAM and new gaming gear
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- ASUS Zenbook Pro 15: A futuristic, exciting, imperfect, flagship notebook
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?