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Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 Review & Overclocking

This is a great looking board with plenty of expansion capabilities - two PCIe 2.0 16x slots, three PCIe 2.0 1x slots and two PCI slots give plenty of room for expansion cards; six internal SATA2 and two eSATA connectors, 10 USB 2.0 channels, three FireWire channles and a Gigabit ethernet - not to mention the audio ports - give you many I/O options.

The solid state capacitors, plenty of ferrite cores and low RDS MOSTFET design contribute to a beefy power section that should have no problem running Phenoms without letting loose the 'magic grey smoke.'

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.